Year 1948Salvatore Ferragamo opens a store on Park Avenue (25 years after his first American store in Los Angeles!). Today Ferragamo is on Fifth Avenue and it is his biggest store in the world. A shoe from the 40's designed for Judy Garland
Year 1950Vespa by Piaggio zig zags in Manhattan happily until 1985, when it withdraws from the US market due to antipollution regulations. Vespa comes back in 2000 and now has about 20% of USA scooter's market.
Year 1952Olivetti typewriters Lettera 22 and Lexicon 80 become part of the permanent Design collection of MoMa, followed in 1969 by the iconic Valentine by Ettore Sottsass,
Year 1972at MoMa opens a new exhibition: "Italy, the new domestic landscape" with the best Italian names like Zanuso, Bellini, Joe Colombo
Year 1981Flos opens a store in New York presenting new design pieces that changed the way of lighting. The latest Euroluce "Smithfield" already a hit, is designed by Jasper Morrison
Year 1988B&B Italia opens in Soho
Year 1996Ettore Sottsass receives the prestigious Design Award by the Brooklyn Museum. In 1956 his first trip To New York that was for him like "Metropolis" by Fritz Lang.
Year 1996The first Artemide store opens on Greene street (now part of 15 stores in the USA) conquering the public with his lights. Here the classic "Fato" designed in 1969 by the genius of Gio' Ponti.
Year 1998Snaidero cucine (Italian for kitchens)
Year 2002On Greene street opens Flou (present already on the market for many years). Here the latest model "Mark" by Carlo Colombo
Year 2006Gold medal for Italian Architecture and the creator of Paris' Beaubourg, architect Renzo Piano receives praise for the enlargement of Morgan Library. A year later he designs the new building of The New York Times.
Year 2006In the "Italian mile" on Madison Avenue, Alessi opens his second store, after the one in Soho.
Year 2007Designed by Patricia Urquiola and Martino Berghinz the showroom Moroso opens on Greene Street, near the temple of Design, Moss Gallery.
Year 2009Valcucine renews his store in Soho with eco-sustainability in mind.
These are only a few names among many others "taking Manhattan"
and because of the first image of this post... I propose a toast to Made in Italy!
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