Press Release:
Iconic furniture brand De Padova debuts in the UK

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Following the recent merge with Boffi, De Padova will take up residence at Boffi’s London showrooms during the London Design Festival.

Albereta Chair by Philippe Nigro

Albereta chair by Philippe Nigro, 2015

As part of this year’s London Design Festival, Italian furniture brand De Padova will debut in the UK, having recently joined the Boffi Group last April.

The De Padova collection will include much-loved classics from throughout the company’s long history, as well as recent designs. The products will be available from the Boffi showrooms on Brompton Road and Wigmore Street from September.

A leading name in Italian design, De Padova was founded in 1950s in Milan by Fernando and Maddalena De Padova. De Padova was the first company to introduce Northern European design to Italy, thus establishing it as a household name and pioneer of design.

The same values championed by Fernando and Maddalena over 50 years ago are still at the heart of the company today. The De Padova collection draws inspiration from the great design classics, from an appreciation of fine craftsmanship, and from a combination of extensive research and innovation.

In April 2015 the company joined forces with Boffi, with Boffi’s Roberto Gavazzi being appointed CEO of both companies, and Luca De Padova – who has remained President of De Padova – named as Vice President of Boffi. The De Padova acquisition by Boffi will allow for the companies to collaborate on an international joint distribution programme, with their shared passion and Italian heritage making the collaboration a leader in contemporary furniture design.

The addition of De Padova’s freestanding furniture for the living room, bedroom and office will equip the Boffi Group with a full offering for the home – one rooted in a rich heritage and dedication to producing the finest quality home furnishings.

As part of the collection launching in London during LDF, De Padova will present freestanding furniture for the home, including a selection of chairs for both home and office, a range of dining and side tables, a shelving system and a light.

The close relationships with designers that the company have upheld throughout its history are apparent in the offering, with a variety of classic products designed by Vico Magistretti, who has been collaborating with De Padova since the 1970s. Pieces such as his Shine table from 1991 and his Vidun table from 1987 will sit alongside other classics from De Padova’s history, such as Nendo’s Rokumaru coat rack from 2008.

A highlight of the new products is the Albereta chair by Philippe Nigro – a timeless armchair given a contemporary update in keeping with the De Padova aesthetic.

On the UK launch, CEO of Boffi and De Padova Roberto Gavazzi says:

“We’re thrilled that De Padova has joined the Boffi Group, and we are looking forward to continuing the tremendous legacy of the De Padova brand, which is perfectly aligned with Boffi’s high standards and standout aesthetics.”

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Vidun table by Vico Magistretti, 1987

Boffi Chelsea, 254 Brompton Road, London SW3 2AS
Opening times: 10.00 – 18.00, Monday to Saturday

Contacts

Caro Communications:
Marta Bogna-Drew: marta@carocommunications.com
Luke Neve: luke@carocommunications.com
T. 020 77138388

De Padova Press office:
Francesca Cavazzuti: press@depadova.it
T. +39 02 27 43 97 44

EDITOR’S NOTES

BOFFI

Established in 1934, Boffi is the only Italian high-end manufacturer specialising in kitchens, bathrooms and storage systems and its name has always been synonymous with top quality and cutting edge design. The search for ever more beautiful forms, technological innovation and a perfect mix of modernity and heritage have made the brand renowned in the market worldwide. In 2015 Boffi acquired furniture design company De Padova. www.boffiuk.com

DE PADOVA

De Padova was founded in 1956, the year in which Maddalena and Fernando De Padova opened a small store on Via Montenapoleone in Milan, and decided to import Scandinavian furniture. For the first time, the design of Northern Europe had reached Italy: a revolution that would permanently change the way people live.

In over 50 years of activity De Padova has kept faith with its original philosophy: design as a tool to spread emotion. The De Padova collection comes from the inspiration of the great design classics, from the love of fine craftsmanship and objects of memory, from research combined with innovation. www.depadova.com