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Zoffoli: A family History
From the rudimentary lathe of the founder Italo, to the modern laboratory of his nephew Mattia, from the shop windows in Rome, Milan, Florence to those in London and New York. The history of our brand and of our unmistakable globes is rich and intense and it is really worth retracing it to understand how much passion and tenacity are enclosed in our elegant globes.
The Fifties: the beginning
It was back in 1949 when Italo Zoffoli started his craft activity in the centre of Rimini. In his laboratory he lathed the legs for the furniture and the 'onions' for beds, and only in his free time transported by his great passion for geography- used to build occasionally some globes, carving them by hand and making them watercolor by his daughters and by some nuns on the hills of Rimini.
The Sixties: “The golden Lathe” and the international success
The beauty of Italo Zoffoli globes, finley handcrafted, didn’t go unnoticed, indeed. On the wave of this appreciation, between the fifties and sixties Italo had an original idea and - as history teaches us - absolutely winning: in his laboratory in Rimini, in those years, the first bar globes were born, and in 1963 won to this imaginative craftsman the aspired award 'Tornio d'oro', assigned by the Museum of Science and Technology of Milan.
This is how the national and especially international success of the Zoffoli brand was born, brand that began exporting its globes first to France and Germany, and then overseas, also conquering the US market.
The Nineties: confirmations and new designs
Between the ‘70s and the ‘80s Zoffoli globes managed to penetrate different markets, making their way everywhere in the world. To satisfy the increasing demand for artifacts, production gradually became modern, in order to realize faster and faster the famous pieces of furniture, maintaining, at the same time, the quality that has always distinguished them.
In the nineties, production was enriched by the first designed globes, objects of absolute impact and very suggestive that, thanks to the uniqueness of the materials used, are perfectly suited even to the most modern environments.
The Two-Thousands: landing on the web
Nowadays the Zoffoli globes can be found everywhere, walking down Madison Avenue, in New York, you can see them in the luxurious shop windows of Barneys, as well as in the most exclusive shops in London. They also appeared on famous production sets such as “Inglorious Bastards”, “Django unchained”, and so on. To satisfy the clients all around the world in every moment, the Zoffoli globes have also landed on the web with an appreciated e-commerce that, once again, almost seventy years later confirms the brilliance of Italo Zoffoli.