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LEMA: Italian excellence combining innovation and tradition with today’s cosmopolitan aesthetic

For more than 40 years, LEMA has championed the ‘Made in Italy’ aesthetic by expertly mixing innovation and tradition, turning quality and personalisation into its unique selling point.
LEMA’s strength lies in its extraordinary manufacturing ability and typically Italian excellence, allowing the company to combine the values and technological efficiencies of a large enterprise with fine and unrivalled craftsmanship.

Great care is paid to each production phase, from design, thanks to the close collaboration with designers, to the final product. Indeed, the essence of Italian design, and the way in which LEMA interprets it, lies in attention to quality. The common thread that binds all the products of the assorted catalogue is the essence of comfort and harmony of slow living. Conviviality, relaxation and warmth are the key words.

Founded in 1970 and still owned by the Meroni family, LEMA has a strong of a tradition dating back to the 1930s. The 1940s saw the opening of the first store in Milan city centre. Here, during the years of the economic boom, LEMA was able to collaborate with the first nationally recognised architects and designers to embrace a production characterised by a more modern aesthetic. The collaboration with Angelo Mangiarotti was one of the first and most important relationships when he was entrusted with the design of the Alzate branch in the 1970s to start furniture production on an industrial scale.
LEMA was the first Italian company to develop a load-bearing side-panel system in various finishes and made-to-measure wardrobes, custom-built for the client. LEMA’s attention to the customer and great customisation ability are typical characteristics of the firm’s ethos.
Today, the Group’s divisions consist of LEMA Casa, LEMA Contract and International Office Concept.

Timeline Lema

1930

Angelo Meroni, grandfather of the current President, begins the family business by opening a shop in Arosio, specialising in the production of classic furniture.

1940

The Meroni family opens a store in Milan. Driven by the economic boom, LEMA is able to collaborate with the first nationally recognised architects and designers to embrace a production characterised by a more modern aesthetic.

1948

From family business to enterprise: La Sorgente del Mobile is born, a brand that marks the history of Italian design.

1970

LEMA is founded. The positive experience of La Sorgente del Mobile drives sons Angelo, Luigi and Enrico to start further organised industrial production, entrusting to Angelo Mangiarotti the design of the innovative factory in Alzate Brianza, a cutting-edge plant for a management with a new philosophy. LEMA is the first Italian company to design and
produce integrated furnishing systems, organising the entire production cycle from the receipt of raw materials to packaging.

1978

Tito Agnoli – one of the top designers and a key figure in Italian design between the late ‘50s and ‘70s - conceives Lo Scaffale, the first Italian mass-produced load-bearing sidepanel system in various finishes, a solution that has great success thanks to its outstanding ability to adapt to different needs and styles.

1981

The “Made-to-measure Wardrobe" is conceived, a modular custom-made closet solution, another key step in establishing LEMA in the market. The system goes on to be totally renewed in 1997, and is still under constant evolution, fulfilling and anticipating the needs of private and contract customers.

1983

LEMA presents LEMA Colour System: a unique range of colours featuring 37 shades, conceived by Paolo Minoli.

1992

The plant in Giussano designed by architect Angelo Mangiarotti becomes operational. Internal Office Concept is introduced to offer a complete and assorted collection intended to furnish modern offices.

1994

Piero Lissoni becomes the company’s art director.

1995

Selecta is presented at the Furniture Exhibition in Milan, a new modular solution characterised by the utmost flexibility of composition.

1997

"Armadio al Centimetro" is completely renewed to offer a product that is highly customisable, allowing it to make the most of the space.

1998

The Walk-in Closet is conceived, a system that incorporates finishes, sizes, doors and internal accessories based on any taste and space requirements.

1999

The range of modular systems is expanded with the TM20 solution. N.E.T. is conceived, the collection of furnishing accessories designed by Ludovica and Roberto Palomba.

2004

LEMA Contract is born, the department dedicated to large supplies. From multi-apartment to retail, hotels and the corporate sector, LEMA offers custom-made solutions for luxurious projects worldwide.

2008

From a product range focused on systems and furnishing accessories, a more varied home collection is conceived. This transition is marked by the collaborations with important Italian designers like Roberto Lazzeroni, Studio Kairos, Ludovica and Roberto Palomba. LEMA Contract begins collaborating with Vodafone, which will lead the firm to supply the furniture for all sales points of the telephone brand.

2010

LEMA presents T030, the new day system designed by Piero Lissoni, the evolution of TM20.

2011

LEMA’s Home archetype takes shape. The brand is expressed through a lifestyle inspired by a sophisticated and modern approach to living. The new projects are designed by renowned names in the international design sector that enrich LEMA’s catalogue every year. Among these are Werner Aisslinger, Gordon Guillaumier, Ferruccio Laviani, Lucidi Pevere, Nendo, Neri&Hu, RawEdges, Francesco Rota and Tokujin Yoshioka. LEMA Contract signs the project for the rooms of the prestigious Bulgari Knightsbridge Palace Hotel in London.

2013

To complete LEMA’s Home offering, the first collection of padded furniture with designs by Francesco Rota, Gordon Guillaumier and Christophe Pillet is presented. The new logistics department is opened, fed by renewable energy supplied by a system of photovoltaic panels.

2014

In view of further globalisation, the flagship stores in New York, Miami, Los Angeles, Tokyo, Beijing, Taiwan and Melbourne are opened.

2015

LEMA’s first flagship store opens in London, the key centre of large international orders. An important strategic move: more than 400 square metres at 183 Kings Road in the heart of Chelsea becomes the focal setting for LEMA Casa and LEMA Contract. This new site marries the excellence of standard production, typical of a big enterprise, with the manufacturing ability that allows developing specific custom-made solutions for significant supplies in the multi-apartment and contract sectors worldwide
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