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Ernesto Gismondi, Founder, Artemide

Artemide has been a worldwide leader in lighting design with an unparalleled commitment to technological innovation, research and human interaction. Established in 1959 by Ernesto Gismondi and Sergio Mazza, the company specializes in the manufacture of lighting designed by architects and has created award-winning collaborations with some of the world’s most talented designers including Naoto Fukasawa, David Chipperfield, Zaha Hadid, Jean Nouvel, Karim Rashid and Herzog & De Meuron.

Among Artemide’s extensive product line are two icons of modern Italian design: the Tizio Desk Lamp designed by Richard Sapper in 1972 and the Tolomeo Desk Lamp designed by Michele De Lucchi and Giancarlo Fassina in 1986, both of which are included in the permanent collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Museum of Modern Art.

Committed to the philosophy of “The Human Light,” amongst the awards won by Artemide’s designs and designers are Best of the Best by Red Dot Design, iF Design Award by World Design Guide and Wallpaper Magazine Design Award.

Artemide’s current product offerings include Architectural, Design, Outdoor, Danese Milano and Rezek, serving both the contract and residential markets.


Born in Milan and brought to life alongside the Memphis Design Movement, Artemide continues to workshop with both design and technical schools worldwide to create forward-thinking, truly useful, aesthetically enhancing and environmentally aware lighting. Early collaborations with Ettore Sottsass, Gae Aulenti and Bruno Munari laid ground for today’s work with Scott Wilson, Bjarke Ingels Group and Mercedes-Benz.

The history of contemporary lighting is punctuated with Artemide creations beginning with 1960’s Alfa, 1967’s Eclisse designed by Vico Magistretti to today’s collaborations with Philippe Rahm, Ross Lovegrove and Tapio Rosenius.

An early proponent of LED technology, Artemide is committed to eco-sustainability through design and production seeking to minimize energy consumption and waste through a product’s life cycle.

History dates related to events

  • 1960

    Artemide is founded by Ernesto Gismondi and Sergio Mazza in Milan. The first lamp released is the Alfa, designed by Sergio Mazza in 1959.

  • 1965

    The Polluce lamp designed by Enzo Mari in collaboration with Anna Fasolis is released.

  • 1967

    The Eclisse Lamp, designed by Vico Magistretti, wins the Compasso d’Oro Award.

  • 1972

    Richard Sapper designs the iconic Tizio lamp, using a halogen light source and inspired by car headlights. The Tizio has since become a symbol of Design throughout the world.

  • 1976

    After the success of the Polluce, Enzo Mari designs another successful product, Aggregato, in collaboration with Giancarlo Fassina.

  • 1981

    Artemide opens its first showroom in the United States in New York City.

  • 1983

    Artemide opens a showroom in Los Angeles.

  • 1984

    Artemide opens a showroom in Chicago.

  • 1987

    The iconic Tolomeo lamp, designed by Michele de Lucchi and Giancarlo Fassina, makes its debut. The Tolomeo has since become a symbol of the quality and high level of design associated with products made in Italy. The lamp is present in homes and offices worldwide.

  • 1989

    The Tolomeo lamp, designed by Michele de Lucchi and Giancarlo Fassina, is honored with the Compasso d’Oro Award.

  • 1995

    Artemide is awarded the Compasso d’Oro Award for Lifetime Achievement.

  • 1996

    The patented Metamorfosi project is born. Human Light is the manifest that identifies the Artemide Vision: the idea of light as a companion to man and his needs.

  • 1999

    Artemide wins the "Leone di Bronzo" Award for the “A Way You Cannot” campaign at the International Advertising Festival of Cannes.

  • 2000

    Artemide opens a new showroom in Miami.

  • 2004

    The Pipe lamp, designed by Herzog & De Meuron, receives the Compasso d’Oro Award.

  • 2006

    Artemide opens a new frontier in the illumination field. The "My White Light" line is introduced, the result of research of the different shades and tones of white light.

  • 2007

    The Itis lamp, designed by Naoto Fukasawa, wins the Red Dot Design Award.

  • 2008

    The Mercury lamp, designed by Ross Lovegrove, wins the Red Dot Design Award.

  • 2009

    The Noto lamp, designed by Michele De Lucchi, wins the Red Dot Design Award.

  • 2011

    The Copernico suspension lamp, designed by Carlotta de Bevilacqua and Paolo Dell'Elce, wins the Red Dot Design Award.

  • 2012

    The Ippolito lamp, designed by Alessandro Pedretti, wins the Red Dot Design Award.

  • 2013

    The IN-EI Collection, designed by Issey Miyake, wins the IF Product Design Award.

    Artemide North America opens showroom in Coral Gables in Miami.

  • 2014

    The IN-EI Collection, designed by Issey Miyake, wins the Compasso d’Oro Award.

    New production facility opens in Canada.

  • 2015

    The Solium lamp, designed by Karim Rashid, wins the Red Dot Design Award.

    Artemide North America opens a new showroom in Chicago.

    The Giacinto Gismondi Center of Innovation re-opens in Pregnana Milanese

  • 2016

    The Eggboard lamp, designed by Giovanni Giacobone and Massimo Roj, wins the Red Dot Design Award.

  • 2017

    Tolomeo Lampione, designed by Michele de Lucchi, won the 2017 edition of the Wallpaper Design Awards, in the “Best Garden Party” category for outstanding outdoor products.

  • 2018

    Artemide is proud to announce that our President and Founder, Ernesto Gismondi, was honored by ADI with the Compasso d’Oro Career Award for his continuous work and passion within the design world.
    Discovery, designed by Ernesto Gismondi, was also honored with a 2018 Compasso d’Oro for the design of the unique fixture.


Existing at the nexus of Italian industrial design and craftsmanship, Artemide is proud to manufacture lighting in Italy, France, Hungary and the United States. Firmly in line with Italian tradition, Artemide makes their own glass utilizing the knowledge and techniques of centuries. Using both time-tested traditions as well as cutting-edge technology, Artemide innovates through sustainable design.


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