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. For the first time, the design of Northern Europe had reached Italy: a revolution that would permanently change the way people live. “I chose things I liked, and I was blown away by certain pieces of furniture, those lines, that diversity. I think I had an instinctive sense of aesthetics… let’s say it was perfectly clear to me when something was ugly,” Maddalena De Padova says.
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 ICF De Padova. The store became a launching pad for emerging young designers like Ross Littell, Rolf Heide and Ingo Maurer, just to list a few, who always presented their objects for the first time at De Padova.
With a tireless desire to discover new things, including the Shaker furnishings in 1984, Maddalena De Padova founded “Edizioni De Padova” in 1983, later known as “è DePadova,” the brand with which she began to produce and distribute a collection of objects by some of the leading Italian and international designers: Achille Castiglioni, Vico Magistretti, Dieter Rams.
At the start of the 1990 De Padova introduced a new collection of furnishings for the workplace (home/office), completely overthrowing the traditional office concept to address new needs of taste and work that emerged ever more clearly over the course of the years, reaching the ..