THE LARGEST COLLECTION OF MID CENTURY AND MODERN DESIGN

ICF

  • Dates 1958-1990s
  • Nationality Italian

ICF and the DePadovas
From the e DePadova volume (Motta Edi., 2006):

Interview with Maddelena DePadova:

"Hence Fehlbaum's [of Vitra] misgivings. He, too, thought the Eameses' work outstanding, but he hadn't yet made up his mind to manufacture Miller's furniture under license. He said 'You think there are people interested in this furniture?'
'We are!'
'Well, then, let's do this collection!'

"The upshot was that a year later, in 1958, we founded the ICF factory at Vimodrone and began to make [Herman] Miller furniture for Italy. In a few years we produced the whole collection. And that how American design came to Milan."

""Mobilier International, Vitra, ICF and Hille all had permission from Herman Miller to produce Eames design under license for the French, German, Italian and UK markets respectively. I believe Vitra flexed it's rather large muscles and froze the other companies out of the equation. I'm not quite sure when ICF ceased production but have seen/had chairs that looked like they were produced in the 1990s.Finally, the quality of ICF chairs is excellent.""

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