De Padova was founded in 1956, the year in which Maddalena and Fernando De Padova opened a small store on Via Montenapoleone in Milan and decided to import Scandinavian furniture. In the decades to follow the company grew, producing—under license, at first— the finest American collection of furnishings for the home and office, under the trademark Herman Miller, designed by C. Eames, G. Nelson and A. Girard. De Padova then began to produce its own collection, thanks to collaboration with great internationally acclaimed designers.
In 1965 the large showroom at Corso Venezia 14 was opened, for the display and sale of the collections of furniture and complements for the home and office produced by I.C.F. De Padova. In 1983 came the launch of “Edizioni De Padova”, expanding the collection with imported furniture and objects, with exclusive distribution in Italy. An approach that was totally innovative for the furniture market at the time. The company also began to produce its own items under the “Edizioni De Padova” brand, working with design greats like Achille Castiglioni, Dieter Rams and, above all, Vico Magistretti, who created most of the new collection, joined by the home/office furniture series that completely overturned the concept of the tradition office, meeting new needs and tastes in a way that became ever more explicit over the years.
The De Padova Collection continued to grow, and new designers like Marco Zanuso Jr., Denis Santachiara, Thomas Sandell, Studio Cerri & Associati, Patricia Urquiola, Xavier Lust, Mirto Zocca, Petra Runge joined the team, alongside the first historic names.
In 2004 Maddalena De Padova received the prestigious Compasso d’Oro Career Award, in the award’s 20th edition. The jury wrote: “The great commitment of Maddalena De Padova to the production and spread of design, as a shared culture and point of exchange in different i nternational contexts, represents a unique case of consistency and ..