HistoryBased in the heel of Italy in Puglia, Lorusso Arredamenti, since 1978 is the leader in original design in the furniture sector. Our goal, today, is to offer only the best products in terms of design and quality for home and office, thanks to the selection of the most important design brands (such as B & B Italia, Maxalto, Cassina, Poltrona Frau, Fritz Hansen, Edra, Paola Lenti, Knoll and many others).
Saverio Lorusso senior after returning from the war where he had served in the Regiment of the Light Horsemen, opens in Andria his cabinetmaker’s shop where he makes fine furniture of refined workmanship.
After years of research, Lorusso was the first structure to organize events that present pieces of design alongside works of art. The first event of this kind is Il Design si incontra con l’Arte (Design meets Art) of April 1983, which was dealt with by important trade magazines such as Casa Vogue and Interni. Lorusso calls in to photograph the Aldo Ballo showroom in the Ballo + Ballo photographic studio, a point of reference for the most important designers in the most fascinating and lively period of world design.
In collaboration with Studio Marconi in Milan, Lorusso is organizing a major exhibition of 26 Picasso’s Acqueforti.
The designer Antonia Astori presents her Aphorisms with Driade, on that occasion a round table is held entitled Design oggi: nuovi orientamenti (Design today: new orientations) with the participation of historians of architecture and the journalist Cristina Morozzi of Milan who specializes in Design.
Lorusso’s attention to design achieved a great goal with the presence of Achille Castiglioni, who was hosted in December 1986. Castiglioni’s fame, then sixty-seven years old, had long since crossed national borders, finding international confirmation. It was one of Castiglioni’s very rare visits to Apulia, where the technicians involved had the opportunity to discuss in confidence with a great master.
Lorusso, in collaboration with Arflex, organizes a meeting with the advanced points of European design: the Italian rationalist Zeus group with pieces by Maurizio Peregalli, the Hanover Quartett group which includes Rainer Krause, Matteo Thun, Ettore Sottsass jr and Ugo la Petra and the London group One Off with pieces by Ron Arad, Carolin Thaner and Pet Keene.
Lorusso Arte is born as a cultural laboratory of Lorusso Arredamenti, this event is a further milestone in the history of the company in the field of furniture and design, representing the natural continuity in the search for new trends and styles in a challenging sector such as Art. The laboratory will become a real center of initiatives that will make dynamic a city landscape sometimes too silent.
The man and the color meeting on Bioarchitecture sponsored by the Order of Architects of the Province of Bari (photo). 1992 Mimmo Rotella : Great Works from the Berlin Museum. Art is confronted with reality through the torn posters of Rotella, the famous decollages that become tools of a new language. Emilio Tadini : Opere Uniche. La Lorusso Arte is interested in the work of some exponents of European Pop Art thanks to the relationship established with the Studio Marconi in Milan. This will be followed by collective exhibitions of graphic works by Mario Schifano, Valerio Adami, Lucio Del Pezzo, Ugo Nespolo and Enrico Baj. In the same years Lorusso Arte turned its attention to some artists of Apulian origin that have distinguished themselves for their research imposing themselves in the national artistic panorama.
Frank Lloyd Wright : on the occasion of the 125th anniversary of the birth of the great American architect, Lorusso exhibits copies of the original projects of furniture designed by the master for Cassina. Franco Dell’Erba, Luigi Giandonato, Iginio Iurilli, Franco Menolascina: Corpo all’ombra, collective exhibition in collaboration with Galleria Bonomo in Bari.
Exhibitions of great interest will be accompanied by different cultural events that will be part of an organic program from 1991 until the end of 1995. Gaetano Grillo: Humus pictorial works. Giorgio De Chirico: 25 graphic works selected from the corpus of the Catalogue of graphic works 1969-1977. Borek Sipek : Malastrana . The Prague-born travelling artist presents objects and furniture made of precious materials at the headquarters of Lorusso Arte.
Franco Menolascina, Not a bad day, exhibition of paintings and sculptures. Gaetano Grillo , Embraces , paintings and sculptures. Alfredo Haberli presents the Mesa kitchen. The Lorusso in collaboration with the Schiffini hosts the designer of international renown. Art and Music , painting performance live with the Japanese artist Tsuchida Yasuiko and the Piano player Federica Fornabaio. Geometric Games, in collaboration with Kastall, architects and designers draw their stages to.
La Lorusso opens the first store for central and southern Italy of BOconcept, a Danish brand of designer furniture present for 65 years in 250 countries around the world that offers a line of luxury products accessible and attentive to the environmental impact.
Man Ray, The Fifty Faces of Jiuliet 1941-1955, the exhibition of fifty photographic portraits retouched by hand that the artist made for his wife, is a great event for the whole territory made possible thanks to the thirty-year collaboration of Lorusso Arte with the Marconi Foundation of Milan, which is one of the greatest collectors of Man Ray.
The Inhabitants of the Museum – Masterpieces in the Museums of the World, in collaboration with the Marconi Foundation of Milan. This new initiative aims to make known to the public works by international artists such as Emilio tadini, Valerio Adami, Enrico Baj, Mimmo Rotella and Lucio Fontana that have been exhibited in major European museums.
FareDarte, an event in collaboration with the Academy of Fine Arts of Bari that aims to re-evaluate the manual skills in the creation of the work of art and which brings together teachers and students in the exhibition project to give visibility to young Italian and foreign artists.