BONALDO. Eighty years of history and passion for design.
BONALDO. Eighty years of history and passion for design. Bonaldo was set up 80 years ago and specialises in the production of furniture and interior design items: three generations’ dedication and commitment have allowed the company to become a major benchmark in the sector. Bonaldo has always been a solid example of Made in Italy success, even abroad: every component of its tables, chairs, sofas and beds is created in Italy, certified in terms of authenticity and quality and is the result of the strictest control process. Versatility and eclecticism are the distinguishing traits of the Bonaldo product range, which is designed to accommodate in the best possible way the wishes of a dynamic and international target. The company has always invested in research both in the production field - with innovative materials and cutting- edge machining processes - as well as in the design sphere, thanks to collaborations with a large number of designers from Italy and abroad. Over the years, Bonaldo has developed its international approach to design, setting up a widespread network across the world markets. 1936 – 2016: A HISTORY OF EXCELLENCE The story of Bonaldo began in 1936, when Giovanni Vittorio Bonaldo started up a craft-based business specialising in metal working. During the 1950s, production began on bedsteads, and it was extended during the '60s to iron beds. An extraordinary intuition led to the production of a folding bedstead, which went on to become a market standard. The company subsequently specialised in the production of tubular metal and invested in new technologically sophisticated machinery, choices which allowed it to extend its range of products and to implement machining processes at the very cutting edge. The first time it took part in the Salone del Mobile International Furniture Show in Milan in 1971 marked its transition from a prevalently craft-based business to an industrial concern. In the 1980s, Bonaldo expanded its range with convertible sofas and sofa beds, specialising in the production of upholstery and in the processing of polyurethane foam, by setting up a variety of companies. The company's further growth led to the production of its first collection of beds. In 2000, Bonaldo embarked upon collaborations with some of the biggest designers on an international scale, launching the company onto the interior design market. 2002 saw the start of the incorporation of the various companies and since 2008, all productions (tables, chairs, sofas and beds) fall under the umbrella of a single concern, Bonaldo SpA. The Bonaldo showroom - designed by the architect Mauro Lipparini - was inaugurated in 2011. 2016 marks a very significant milestone for Bonaldo: the company celebrates its eightieth anniversary since it was established. To celebrate such an important achievement, the brand has come up with a series of initiatives: the most significant one will be the conception of a celebratory product, devised by designer Alain Gilles and premièring at the Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Milan. ￼ ￼BONALDO EXPERTISE Bonaldo's story is tied closely to the processing of tubular metal, an expertise which still distinguishes the company today. The diversification of production subsequently led the company to develop skills in the processing of a variety of materials, from wood – in particular solid walnut and oak tops, treated with special processes which retain the natural appearance of the wood finish – to glass, from stone – mainly marble and basaltic lava stone – to plastic and natural cement. As regards the padded products, the company recently renovated and extended its range of sofas and beds, by introducing new models as well as new upholsteries and finishes. DESIGNERS AND DESIGN AWARDS Combining Italian know-how with the creativity of established international designers and emerging young talents to create value: over 25 different designers and architects have contributed over the years to interpret the Bonaldo style, including Karim Rashid, Bartoli Design, Mauro Lipparini, Ron Arad, Toshiyuki Kita and Alain Gilles. Eclectic synergies which have led to the creation of complex projects, distinguished by a rigorous simplicity, pure silhouettes and different materials, leading in many cases to the creation of symbolic products. This international approach to design has won Bonaldo a large number of awards, assigned by cultural bodies and industry associations, including the Red Dot Design Award and the If Design Award. PRIZES AND AWARDS 2015 The TL table, by Giuseppe Viganò, wins the Good Design Award 2015 The Structure sofa, designed by Alain Gilles, wins the Henry van de Velde Label award 2014 The Tracks table, Alain Gilles, wins the Good Design Award 2014 The American magazine Interior Design nominates the April, May and June shelving units, design Gino Carollo, Best of the Year 2014 honoree 2013 The Octa table, Bartoli Design, receives the Good Design Award 2013 The Welded table by Alain Gilles receives the Red Dot Design Award: “Best of the best” as one of the best design products 2013 The Still table, Bartoli Design, receives the Red Dot Design Award 2013 The Still table, Bartoli Design, receives the 2012 Good Design Award by the Chicago Athenaeum 2011 Bonaldo receives its tenth Good Design Award for the company showroom project 2010 Three products - Babel by Mario Mazzer, Pebble by Matthias Demacker and Sol by Bartoli Design, win the Good Design Award ￼￼2010 The American magazine Interior Design nominates the Pebble coffee table, design Matthias Demacker, Best of the Year 2010 honoree 2009 The Big Table, designed by Alain Gilles, wins the Good Design Award 2008 The Poly chair, by Karim Rashid, is assigned the Good Design Award 2008 The Poly chair, by Karim Rashid, is assigned the Red Dot Design Award 2008 The Tectonic table, designed by Alain Gilles, is awarded the Henry van de Velde Label 2007 The Poly chair, designed by Karim Rashid, is assigned the Best Design Award 2006 The Navy coffee table, designed by Kaori Shiina, wins the Best Design 2006 The Victoria chair, designed by Dondoli e Pocci, wins the Best Design 2005 The Flap table, designed by Karim Rashid, wins the Good Design Award 2004 The Pierrot sofa by Glenn Thomas is assigned the Good Design Award 2003 The Ron-AldoDown armchair, designed by Ron Arad, is given the iF Design Award 2002 The Ori chair, designed by Toshiyuki Kita, is assigned the Good Design Award 2000 The H2O table by Massimo Iosa Ghini is assigned the Good Design Award 1996 The Più folding chair, designed by Chiaramonte and Marin, wins the Young & Design Award INTERNATIONAL PRESENCE International markets pay the utmost attention to the value of products Made in Italy: fine materials, quality projects and products. Bonaldo's approach has focused precisely on accommodating these needs: over the years, the company has developed its international approach to design, setting up a widespread network across the world markets. With no doubt, the many awards received have reinforced the popularity of the brand and of its products on international markets: one of the effects of this is its presence not only in single-brand outlets but in dedicated spaces. Recently corners have been set up in the Philippines, in Indonesia, Canada (Montreal), Australia, New Zealand and Taiwan. In addition, Bonaldo is currently involved in new projects in Central America and in the Middle East. In terms of sales volumes, overseas sales grow year after year: making up more than 70% of total sales in 2015. THE SHOWROOM In 2011, following a major architectural and creative restyling process of the corporate history, one of the former production units was turned into the new company showroom, spanning a surface area of approximately 6,000 m2. Designed by Mauro Lipparini, the showroom is a thrilling and suggestive setting, intended also for cultural and communication events, which tells the story of the brand from its onset. ￼ ￼The showroom entrance is distinguished by a path made of iridescent stones from China: in low temperatures their surfaces modify to create attractive floral veining, all of which is different. Inside the showroom, two charming winter gardens have been set up to provide visual respite, light and colour. In 2011, the showroom project was awarded the prestigious “Good Design Award” by the Chicago Athenaeum.