Angelo Meroni, grandfather of the current President, begins the family business by opening a shop in Arosio, specialising in the production of classic furniture.
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.
From family business to enterprise: La Sorgente del Mobile is born, a brand that marks the history of Italian design.
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.
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.
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.
LEMA presents LEMA Colour System: a unique range of colours featuring 37 shades, conceived by Paolo Minoli.
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.
Piero Lissoni becomes the company’s art director.
Selecta is presented at the Furniture Exhibition in Milan, a new modular solution characterised by the utmost flexibility of composition.
"Armadio al Centimetro" is completely renewed to offer a product that is highly customisable, allowing it to make the most of the space.
The Walk-in Closet is conceived, a system that incorporates finishes, sizes, doors and internal accessories based on any taste and space requirements.
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.
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.
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.
LEMA presents T030, the new day system designed by Piero Lissoni, the evolution of TM20.
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.
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.
In view of further globalisation, the flagship stores in New York, Miami, Los Angeles, Tokyo, Beijing, Taiwan and Melbourne are opened.
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