Lapalma’s success has been achieved step by step throughout the years. No overnight success stories here – just hard work and passion in equal measure.
For thirty years, the company has shown talent, tenacity, know-how and above all inexhaustible enthusiasm, expertly combining metal with wood, leather and fabrics to create timeless pieces of furniture with clean fluid lines. The company’s story begins in the 1980s, when founders the Marcato brothers decided to go into business on their own. Their initial idea developed rapidly and Lapalma was established soon after, showing from the outset a preference for natural, recyclable materials. Following investments in machinery, Lapalma took advantage of the availability of new materials to develop a wide range of products for the contract market, which quickly demonstrated the brand’s appeal, attracting buyers on major projects worldwide for hotels, shops, museums and airports.
Lapalma’s blend of good design and aesthetic appeal produces furniture with a strong personality and has seen contributions from designers of international renown (as of 2013, Lapalma’s art director is Francesco Rota). The brand’s success has also been recognized with a number of awards, including the Good Design award, the FX International Interior Design Award and the Design Plus award. The firm’s consistent design approach is also evident in the elegant, up-to-date and functional interiors as well as in the sober modern lines of its new headquarters in Cadoneghe, close to Padua.
Today, Lapalma looks towards the future with the same unchanged enthusiasm. The genuine Italian nature of its products is stronger than ever, with its emphasis on craftsmanship and designs that appeal to the senses – the cornerstones of Italian design and production. It has brought in new fabrics, padding, leathers, and colour palettes and developed variations on individual product lines, building a diversified portfolio to accommodate products which are suited to the contract market, but can also cross over into other areas such as the home, outdoor and light office segments. Forward-thinking and true to its convictions, Lapalma is ready to take on new challenges, opportunities and markets.
Francesco Rota, interior and product designer, was born in 1966 in Milan, where he lives and works.
After graduating in industrial design at the Art Center College of Design in La Tour de Peilz (Switzerland), he opened his own studio in 1998 working with projects in different fields of design: products, furniture, lighting, showrooms, offices, private homes and exhibitions.
Many are his international collaborations: Alchemy, Arketipo, Bals Tokyo, Barilla, Fiat, Frag, John Richmond, Knoll International, KME Italy, Lapalma, Lema, Living Divani, L’Oreal Paris, Malo, Martini & Rossi, Mercedes Benz, Moroso, Paola Lenti, Oluce, Takano Co.Ltd, Versus.
He was awarded two Honorable Mentions for the Compasso d’Oro for products “Linea” and “Island” which are part of the Historical Collection of the Compasso d’Oro ADI. His work has been shown in exhibitions and events made by Italian and international institutions such as St. Etienne Biennale du Design, Hannover Messe, Milan Triennale, Venaria Reale, Moss_New York, Material Connection_New York, Biennial Architettura_Venezia, Royal Academy of Arts_Londra, The Merchandise Mart_Chicago, Miami Design Distrisct, Biltmore Fashion Park_Phoenix, Bellerive Museum_Zurich.
Since May 2004 he has been teaching at the European Institute of Design in the Master Research Study Program for Industrial Design, in collaboration with Magis.From 2013 he is art director of Lapalma.