Gabbianelli is an Italian ceramics company specialising in ceramic wall and floor tiles. It was founded in 1939 by Enrico Gabbianelli with its manufacturing plant in Cusano Milanino. During the 1960s and 70s it also produced a series of ceramic objects for the home by prominent Italian designers. The company was bought by Ceramica Bardelli in 1996, although the two companies maintained their own production and brand names. In 2000, following a further period of consolidation and restructuring in the Italian ceramics industry, Bardelli, Gabbianelli, and several other brands became subsidiaries of the Biella-based Altaeco Group.[1][2]

Founded1939 (1939) in Cusano Milanino, Italy
FounderEnrico Gabbianelli
Area served
ParentAltaeco S.p.A.

Gio Ponti had a lengthy association with Gabbianelli while both Enzo Mari and Bruno Munari designed tiles for them in the 1970s when Gabbianelli was one of the first firms to introduce screen-printing into tile production.[3] Gabbianelli domestic objects and tiles are held in the Museo Internazionale delle Ceramiche [it] in Faenza, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam, and the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum.[4][5][6][7]

Gabbianelli designersEdit

Designers who have worked for Gabbianelli include:


  1. ^ Pansera, Anty (1996). "Gabbianelli", L'anima dell'industria: un secolo di disegno industriale nel Milanese. Skira. ISBN 8881182122
  2. ^ Altaeco. "La nostra storia". Retrieved 28 October 2018 (in Italian).
  3. ^ Van Lemmen, Hans (2013). 5000 Years of Tiles, p. 258. Smithsonian Institution. ISBN 1588343987
  4. ^ Museo Internazionale delle Ceramiche (2016). "Superfici d'autore: quando i designer e gli artisti incontrano la ceramica". Retrieved 29 October 2018 (in Italian).
  5. ^ a b Hiesinger, Kathryn B. (1983). Design since 1945. pp. 106, 108, 213, 220, 226. Philadelphia Museum of Art
  6. ^ Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen. "Gabbianelli". Retrieved 29 October 2018 (in Dutch).
  7. ^ Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. "Gabbianelli". Retrieved 29 October 2018.
  8. ^ Jackson, Lesley (1998). The Sixties: Decade of Design Revolution, p. 158. Phaidon. ISBN 0714837458
  9. ^ Cerea, Chiara (14 March 2015). "Liisi Beckmann". La Stampa. Retrieved 26 October 2018 (in Italian).
  10. ^ a b c Museo Internazionale delle Ceramiche (2012). Resoconto attività, p. 18. Retrieved 29 October 2018 (in Italian).
  11. ^ Bosoni, Giampiero (2001). Italy: Contemporary Domestic Landscapes, 1945-2000, p. 230. Rizzoli ISBN 8881189585
  12. ^ Centre Georges Pompidou (1996). "Communiqué de presse: Gaetano Pesce: Le temps des questions, exposition 3 juillet - 7 octobre 1996", p. 15. Retrieved 29 October 2018 (in French).

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