Giorgio Cattelan was born in Thiene, last of a family of 7 brothers, son of a well known carpenter of this small town situated in a nice countryside, north of Vicenza, in the east-northern part of Italy.The smell of the wood, the art of creating a piece of furniture was part of the family heritage, where 5 out of 7 brothers continued, in different ways, the family tradition in the furniture field.
CATTELAN ITALIA was established in 1979 from an idea of Giorgio and Silvia Cattelan, manufacturing initially “marble” elements, such as tables and coffee tables, focusing the business towards the export market. Immediately the firm achieved very ambitious results throughout USA, Europe and the Far East.
In 1982 the construction of the first factory building in Carré (VI), which has continuously been extend to its current dimensions of 33 000 square metres.
In 1989 in order to satisfy the market demand, the collection widens to a larger proposition of dining tables, chairs, bookshelves and other complementary furnishing combining materials like wood, glass, leather and metal.
Thanks also to the collaboration with Architects and Designers such as Yoshino, Plazzogna, De Longhi, Nanni, Studio Cà Nova, Gruppo grafite, Shito, Jackson, Lucatello, etc. the company consolidate the tireless ambitions of Giorgio Catte- lan and some of its products achieve international recognitions at various Furniture Fairs; in particular the chair “Bella” receives an award for its design and functionality at the “NEO CON” in Chicago.
In 1995, the two sons, Lorenzo and Paolo, enter into the business:
Lorenzo follows the general image of the firm with all that concern graphics and artistic part till 2002, when he moves to Tuscany to manage a property with a noted “agriturismo” and wineyards in the Chianti DOCG region.
Paolo acts as a Commercial Manager of the company, travelling most part of the year in order to consolidate the commercial relationships with the major customers all over the world. In the years, thanks to the support and experience of Giorgio Cattelan, Paolo has become the very core of the Company for the studio, design and launch of successfull products.
The Company finds a natural outburst of turnover, positioning itself among one of the biggest Italian firms in the furnishing sector.
In 2004 achieves and start to distribute also the brand FLY LINE, some of its products achieve international recogni- tions such as the chair “DU-30” and the chair “DAFNE” (both designed by Gastone Rinaldi) receive the “COM- PASSO D’ORO” award.
In 2007 presents a new, ambitious project, with a glamour collection presented for the first time in Verona “Abitare il Tempo” in September 2007: the name given to the new project is “NOIR” and will find its first real presentation during the International Milan fair in April 2008.
Today Cattelan Italia is proud to be displayed in more than 2500 of the most qualified showrooms in 104 countries around the world.
To support this wide distribution network, a selection of Agents has been set up in all the countries, enforced by the presence of Cattelan Italia in all major International Fairs such as Cologne, Paris, Valencia, Moscow, Courtrai and of course Milan.
With the acquisition of “ARKETIPO” in January 2011, Cattelan Italia enters also in the world of the designed upholstery, confirming its flexibility in the furnishing sector.