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Dada - The History

1926

The small woodworking craftsman workshop was founded by Angelo Garavaglia

The Fifties

1950 1950

1950

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.

The Seventies

1972

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 Alta Cucina - Logo Dada Alta Cucina - Logo

1979

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.

The Eighties

1981. Luca Meda, Coriandolo 1981. Luca Meda, Coriandolo
1983. Polidada 1983. Polidada
1987 Pensile Futura 1987 Pensile Futura

1987

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.

1988. Mariangela, Luigi and Carlo Molteni at the Salone del Mobile
1988. Mariangela, Luigi and Carlo Molteni at the Salone del Mobile

Catalogues: Dada Alta Cucina, Dada Quinta, Dada Nuvola
Catalogues: Dada Alta Cucina, Dada Quinta, Dada Nuvola

The Nineties

1994

Luca Meda designed an absolutely innovative kitchen for Dada entitled Banco, the first suspended kitchen.

1994. Luca Meda, Banco 1994. Luca Meda, Banco
1994. Luca Meda, Banco 1994. Luca Meda, Banco

The New Millennium

2004. Place - Foster+Partners
2004. Place - Foster+Partners

Slide, Armani/Dada Slide, Armani/Dada

2008

Dada and Armani Casa created a new partnership, under the Armani/Dada brand, in the up-market kitchen sector, leaders all over the world.

2008. Flagship Store, Molteni&C Dada, New York
2008. Flagship Store, Molteni&C Dada, New York

The 2010s

2015. 80!Molteni exhibition at Galleria d’Arte Moderna Milano 2015. 80!Molteni exhibition at Galleria d’Arte Moderna Milano

2015

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.

2016

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.

Vincent Van Duysen Vincent Van Duysen

2018

Dada Material Connection

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Dada Material Connection

New York first Molteni Group "Lifestyle Store".
The Molteni Group opens a new window on the world in the heart of Manhattan, at 160 Madison Avenue. The spirit of a unique, evolutionary project, in line with modernity and true to its own stylistic principles, designed by Vincent Van Duysen. This is the first Flagship Store in the world to combine the Group’s three brands: Molteni&C, Dada, and UniFor.

Molteni&C | Dada | UniFor New York Flagship Store Molteni&C | Dada | UniFor New York Flagship Store

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