The perfectly formed, mouth-blown shape of Citterio & Nguyen’s Iittala Decanter was thoughtfully designed to enhance the qualities of of its contents. The neck opens slightly, allowing wine to breathe and releasing the flavors and bouquet that have been locked inside it. The clean, clear design lets in light to ignite the brilliant color of wine. While it fits naturally with virtually any glassware, it’s at its best when matched with Iittala’s range of wine glasses.
Born in Meda, Italy, in 1950, an internationally renowned designer and architect, Antonio Citterio has won many prizes including the Compasso d’Oro in 1987 and 1995. He has carried out a range of striking design and architecture commissions for companies like B&B Italia, Kartell and Vitra and his products are part of the MOMA permanent collection and the Centre di Pompidou in Paris. Citterio started his design office in 1972, and graduated in architecture at the Milan Polytechnic in 1975. Between 1987 and 1996 he worked in association with Terry Dwan and, together, they created buildings in Europe and Japan.
In 1999, with Patricia Viel, he founded “Antonio Citterio and Partners.” The studio operates at international level developing complex long-term projects, all scales and in synergy with a qualified network of specialist consultants. Among the several typologies of projects realized are: urban plans, residential and commercial complexes, industrial establishments, conservative restructuring of public buildings and planning of spaces for work, offices, showrooms and hotels. The firm is also active in the sector of corporate communication and implements projects for temporary events and exhibitions.
Toan Nguyen was born in Paris in 1969 and graduated in Industrial Design at ENSCI-Les Ateliers in Paris, in 1995. After experiences in several design studios in Paris, Barcelona and Milan and notably ten years of collaboration with Antonio Citterio as design director and design partner, signing products for many brands such as Axor-Hansgrohe, B&B Italia, Flos, Iittala, Kartell, Technogym or Vitra,
Nguyen founded his own design studio in Milan in 2008. Toan Nguyen Studio is a multidisciplinary atelier focused on design development in many different design fields, from furniture to technological products, in partnership with leading international companies in Italy, Germany, Spain, Switzerland and USA such as Accademia, Busnelli, Dedon, Fendi Casa, Laufen, Lema, Moroso, Urmet, Varaschin, Vibia, Viccarbe and Walter Knoll.
The Bellows Collection designed for Walter Knoll has won a Red Dot Design Award in 2010, Antero for Laufen the Red Dot Design Award 2012, Lagunitas for Coalesse the Best of Neocon Award 2013, Cocoon for Fendi Casa the Elle Decoration Russian Best of the Year Award 2014 and Ino for Laufen the ISH Design Plus Award 2015.