The creative path of Enzo Catellani is well known, and its lighting is a demonstration of its last ability and creativity in constant evolution. However, little has been said of his private life and what led him to develop these skills.
Is it the innate creativity? On the one hand, Yes, and on the other, which is stimulated by situations that surround us. Inactivity does not lead to the creation. External activity, but above all the internal tangle of sensations and feelings lead us to create something. And this is the case. Rebellious, self-willed, but often also introverted and fearful of the world, noted for a future that he opposed diametrically to its origins, which led him, in a few years, to try to achieve everything he was able to imagine.
Advanced technology combined with forms that are too simple and too overdone sometimes are the meeting point between what was the artist and what could have been. This is why, in 1989, established Catellani & Smith today a leading company in the lighting industry.
An unusual company because, as he explains, is the craftsmanship that was created from a challenge, today in line with the most advanced technology. The headquarters of the company can be found in a small town located 5 kilometres from Bergamo, in Lombardy. Offices are located in an old mill restored with views of the hills, and the production is carried out in two distinct areas: an along the river and the second of a new warehouse in the industrial area, which consists of large bright spaces and terraces covered with jasmine plants. The roof has an area of gravel, large vases of the Indies, a bust of Buddha and a view of 360 °.