The magazine was founded in 1928 at Milan by Guido Marangoni. Its initial name was La Casa Bella (The Beautiful Home). In 1933 the architect Giuseppe Pagano became its director, changing its name in Casa Bella. Subsequently the architect Ernesto Nathan Rogers, who had the direction of the magazine from 1953 until 1965, changed its name further to Casabella Continuità. Earlier the magazine changed its names becoming Casabella Costruzioni, Costruzioni Casabella, and again, after the departure of Rogers, Casabella.
During its history Casabella featured many important architects and designers, including Franco Albini, Gae Aulenti and Marco Zanuso, contributing as creative editors. More recently it has published some articles written by Barry Bergdoll, curator at the Department of Architecture and Design of the The Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) of New York City.
After being led by Vittorio Gregotti between 1981–1996, the magazine's directorship has been taken over by Francesco Dal Co. Currently it is published by Gruppo Mondadori with a circulation of 47,000 copies.
- "The Museum of Modern Art (Moma) Announces Key Curatorial Appointment". Press office of the Department of Communications of The Museum of Modern Art (MOMA).
- Chiara Baglione, Casabella 1928-2008, Electa, Milano 2008.
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