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Artemide is a design-oriented Italian manufacturer founded by Ernesto Gismondi and Sergio Mazza in 1960. Based in Pregnana Milanese, a suburb of Milan, the company specialises in the manufacture of lighting designed by designers and architects.
Other designers who have collaborated with the company include Mario Botta, Sir Norman Foster, Michele De Lucchi, Richard Sapper, Ettore Sottsass, Enzo Mari, Neil Poulton, Karim Rashid and Luigi Serafini.
The company has won accolades, including the Compasso d'Oro award for lifetime achievement in 1995 and the European Design Prize in 1997. In 2006 Artemide won two Best of The Best Red dot design awards for lamps designed by designer Neil Poulton and by architects Herzog & de Meuron.
Artemide lamps are in permanent museum collections, including the Musée des Artes Décoratifs de Montreal, The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, The Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna in Rome.