Artemide is an Italian manufacturer that was founded by Ernesto Gismondi and Sergio Mazza in 1960. Artemide is based in Pregnana Milanese, a suburb of Milan, and specialises in the manufacture of lighting which is designed by designers and architects with an overall strong design-focus.
The company is known for the Tizio desk lamp which was designed by Richard Snapper in 1972 and the Tolomeo desk lamp, designed by Michele De Lucchi and Giancarlo Fassina in 1986.
Many renowned designers have collaborated with the company who include Mario Botta, Sir Norman Foster, Michele De Lucchi, Richard Snapper, Ettore Sottsass, Enzo Mari, Neil Poulton, Karin Rashid, Gio Ponti, Zaha Hadid, Luigi Serafini and Carlotta de Bevilacqua.
The company has won accolades, including the Compasso d'Oro award for lifetime achievement in 1995 and the European Design Prize in 1997. In 2006, Artemide won two Best of The Best 'Red dot design awards' for lamps designed by designer Neil Poulton and by architects Herzog & de Meuron. In 2013, Artemide won the 'IF Product Design Award' for the lamp Cata designed by light designer Carlotta de. Evilacqua.
Artemide lamps are in permanent museum collections, including the Musée des Artes Décoratifs de Montreal, The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, The Museum of Modern Art in New York City and the Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna in Rome.