The '20s - '50s
The small woodworking craftsman workshop was founded by Angelo Garavaglia
The Garavaglia’s eldest sons joined the business and created the “Angelo Garavaglia and sons", furniture factory. In the '50s the company gained strength by building the first industrial warehouses for ranges of closets and kitchens.
Led by Gaetano Garavaglia the new DADA brand of high-level kitchen furnishings was created. This became the company's logo abandoning “Angelo Garavaglia and Sons." Collaborations began with internationally renowned architects and designers including Angelo Cortesi, Georges Coslin, John Offredi, the innovative Italo Lupi, Amilcare Ponchielli, and popular photographers such as Gabriele Basilico, Aldo Ballo and Vittoria Mussolini.
Dada joined the Group, directed by Luigi Molteni. The company quickly gained a prominent place in the field of quality kitchens. Luca Meda designed the instantly recognizable and inimitable image.
Dada was awarded a special mention at the Compasso d’Oro for its kitchen Futura design by studio Kairos. Key feature, the wall units, today still one of Dada’s most innovative products.
Luca Meda designed an absolutely innovative kitchen for Dada entitled Banco, the first suspended kitchen.
Dada and Armani Casa created a new partnership, under the Armani/Dada brand, in the up-market kitchen sector, leaders all over the world.
Gruppo Molteni celebrates 80 years in the business with an exhibition at Milan’s Galleria d’Arte Moderna, 80!Molteni. Curated by Jasper Morrison and with graphic design by Studio Cerri & Associati, for the first time prototypes and furniture made by all the Group’s companies narrate 80 years’ experience, quality and innovation. The exhibition has become the nucleus of the Molteni Museum in Giussano.
MolteniGroup.com is the Molteni Group’s new website address. Key words are storytelling, inspiration and the contemporaneity of the Molteni&C and Dada brands.
Starting from April 2016 the Belgian architect and designer Vincent Van Duysen is appointed Creative Director of the Molteni&C and Dada brands. After the success of the Gliss Master wardrobe system the new partnership will focus on coordinating the brands’ image and retail concept.