Opinion Ciatti is an Italian brand based in Florence, managed by the Ciatti family since 1950: three generations later, their business continues to evolve. A young and dynamic company creating objects that are always intense and expressive, revealing a non-dogmatic type of research and a passion for design skills. Combining quality and family tradition, memory and modernity, roots and vision. The past is seen as a mean to lead the future.
“A design object should always tell a story… make you smile, make you excite, without forgetting to be functional. Innovative but with roots coming from afar, only this way it will last in time.”
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Opinion Ciatti history begins in 1950 when the founder Rolando Ciatti become the first manufacturer to introduce TV benches to Italian households. In line with the family tradition, in 1984 Flavia Ciatti and Gianni Pareschi, the company’s art directors, presents Ciatti a Tavola at the Milan Furniture Fair. It was a collection which confidently breezed into homes materials (steel above all) and concepts that until then were exclusively used for collective and industrial spaces. Fast forward to 2006, the new artistic director of Bruno Rainaldi, wins the prestigious “Compasso d’Oro” award for the self standing bookshelf Ptolomeo becoming the company’s best-selling item and an icon of contemporary design.
“A new story never begins from zero – its roots always stretch far back and it starts to take shape even before the story looks like a story. This story.”
In 2006 the third generation of Ciatti joins the company and Lapo Ciatti becomes the head of the company thanks to this entrepreneurial spirit and an education in Industrial Design. While confirming Bruno Rainaldi as the brand art director, Lapo feels the need to give a new name to the company: Opinion Ciatti replaces the former CCR. Opinion Ciatti as a very personal opinion on design.
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More than 300 finishes and materials, a fusion of tradition, industrial processes and skilled labour, coupled with a wide choice of product variants. These are the main features of Opinion Ciatti today, roots as the privileged source of inspiration.
The core knowledge in metal craftsmanship it is now elevated to artistic expression and excellence in design. From 2014 onwards the company started to focus on custom-tailored solutions and fully customisable design. Metals turn into very special finishes and precious leaves to “dress” lamps, chairs and tables, to make a reality of what the mind has only imagined. Opinion Ciatti is the made in Italy in its full expression: know-how and artistic expression as a family tradition.
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The objects are intense and expressive, they recount a non-dogmatic quest and passion for design skills, features of a company matching quality with a long family manufacturing tradition. Memory and contemporaneity, roots and vision, looking to the past to envision the future: these are the keywords for Opinion Ciatti mindset. In 2016, Opinion Ciatti in collaboration with Maurizio Galante and Tal Lancman designed and realised for the first time bespoke furniture for lounges and suites. Unique pieces and new editions exclusively conceived for the first floating hotel on the river Seine. A project made on the occasion of the opening of the OFF Paris Seine Hotel which eventually resulted in a long-term collaboration between Galante&Lancman’s Interware design brand and Opinion Ciatti.
The collaboration with Maurizio Galante and Tal Lancman resulted in the unique project “La Chambre Surréaliste”, a room which is a tribute to the dream and to all its suggestions made to celebrate the tenth anniversary for AD Interieurs France in 2017. A bedroom – because it is when sleeping that our travels in the unconscious come alive – where the creations of Opinion Ciatti find their location. Illetto and Lapanca by Lapo Ciatti, the console version of Gagà by Maurizio Galante, but even the news of Waves (a table) and catinthebox collections (Bergere and Pouf). Indeed, Opinion Ciatti’ projects and objects are unique and distinctive, dearing and functional. Modifiable and modular pieces of furniture as well as one-of-a-kind items with a very strong presence: metaphors of a modern, free and adaptable lifestyle. Every product has its own identity, its own source of inspiration, its own history.