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Eugenio Quarti (1867 – 1931) was an Italian furniture designer who was born near Bergamo. He was professionally based in Milan.

Biography

Quarti started working in a furniture factory near Paris when he was 14 years old, in 1881. He returned to Italy in 1888, settling in Milan. He set up his work quarters after a few weeks of working in Carlo Bugatti’s workshop. Following his success at the 1900 Paris exhibition, he moved to a more extensive workshop and hired three more people. He furnished the architect Guiseppe Sommaruga’s Palazzo Castiglioni in Milan (with whom ironworker Alessandro Mazzucotelli and Quarti often collaborated) and the 1908 Casino and 1925 Grand Hotel in Pellegrino.

His work incorporated wood, silver, mother-of-pearl marquetry, carving, and cast bronze ornamentation and was known as Stile Floreale in Italy. Influenced by French and Austrian architecture, his work incorporated wood, silver, mother-of-pearl marquetry, carving, and cast bronze ornamentation. He considered mass-produced furniture for public buildings, such as hotels, in 1906.

Recognition

Quarti won a grand prize at the 1900 Paris โ€˜Exposition Universelle,’ exhibited his work at the 1902 Turin โ€˜Esposizione Internazionale d’Arte Decorativa Moderna,’ and won a prise at the 1906 Milan โ€˜Exposizione Internazionale d’Arte Decorativa Moderna.’ An exhibition of his work was held in Milan in 1980.

Sources

Byars, M., & Riley, T. (2004). The Design Encyclopedia. Laurence King Publishing.

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