The milestones since 1973

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1973
FIAM is founded

With the goal of making glass a focal point in the world of design, Vittorio Livi founds FIAM and designs the company’s first product: the Onda pouf.

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1977
The Ponte coffee table

Angelo Cortesi designs the curved glass table, Ponte, for FIAM. This is the start of a series of partnerships between the company and prestigious designers of international acclaim.

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1980
“Abitare” and FIAM

The first page advertising FIAM products is published in the Italian “Abitare” magazine.

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1984
Ragno, the first single-block table

Vittorio Livi embarks on a revolutionary project: Ragno, the first table produced from a single sheet of glass.

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1985
FIAM at Centrodomus in Milan

Vittorio Livi and Alessandro Mendini present the FIAM Collection at Centrodomus in Milan.

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1987
Cini Boeri designs “Ghost”

: “Ghost” is the first curved glass armchair. The armchair created by the designer, Cini Boeri, wins first prize in the “Readers’ referendum” competition in the magazine, “Interni”, and the “Forum Design Award” at Cosmit Milan.

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1988
“Cristallo Forme Cultura”

The first edition of “Cristallo Forme Cultura” (Glass Shapes Culture) magazine is produced and published by FIAM. In the same year, Vittorio Livi is made an honorary citizen of New York by the mayor, Edward Koch.

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1989
“Hydra” by Massimo Morozzi

Massimo Morozzi designs the “Hydra” coffee table. Only a water jet is used to create this work.

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1991
Artists in the mirror

Presentation of works by Enrico Baj, Renata Boero, Emilio Isgrò, Walter Valentini and Luigi Veronesi at the Art & Design exhibition in the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in Milan.

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1991
“Papiro” and “Montefeltro”

The partnerships between FIAM and prestigious designers continue and lead to the creation of the “Papiro” and “Montefeltro” tables; the former designed by Giugiaro Design and the latter by Enzo Mari.

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1992
The “Spazio Miralfiore”

Vittorio Livi purchases Villa Miralfiore to create “Spazio Miralfiore”, the only museum in the world dedicated exclusively to curved glass.

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1995
“Le Misure, il Cielo”

Walter Valentini creates his work in glass, “Le Misure, il Cielo” in FIAM’s Artistic Research laboratory. The new range Livi’t by FIAM is launched in the same year.

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1998
“Clear”, “Vulcano” and “Caadre” are created

FIAM reinforces its relationship with key exponents of international design resulting in the “Clear” collection by Ron Arad and the “Vulcano” coffee table designed by Vico Magistretti. The encounter between FIAM and Philippe Starck results in “Caadre”, the first product in which curved glass is combined with a mirror.

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1998
Caadre, Ghost and Atlas on display

Caadre, Ghost and Atlas are selected to be displayed in international museums. The Caadre mirror, in particular, is exhibited at the “Fonds National d’Art Contemporain” in Paris, Ghost is exhibited at the “Musèe des Arts Decoratifs” in Montreal, and the Atlas table and Ghost are both exhibited at the “Musèe des Arts Decoratifs” in Paris.

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2000
Italian design on stamps

The Ghost armchair is chosen to be part of a series of stamps by the Italian Postal Service dedicated to Made in Italy designs.

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2001
“Neutra” for FIAM and “Compasso D’Oro” for Livi

In the same year that the “Neutra” coffee table is created by Rodolfo Dordoni, Vittorio Livi is awarded the Compasso D’Oro” industrial design award to his career.

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2006
Ghost features in New York Style Magazine

The Ghost armchair and its designer, Cini Boeri, in New York Style Magazine.

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2006
The Crucifix of Pesaro

Vittorio Livi and Giuliano Vangi create the Crucifix of Pesaro, a glass sculpture presented to Pope Benedict XVI.

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2007
A growing number of FIAM products are displayed in museums

Ghost, Illusion and Tango are exhibited at The Corning Museum of Glass in New York while the sculpture, “Tavole della Legge” (Glass Bible), by Emilio Isgrò is displayed in the National Gallery of Modern Art in Rome.

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2011
Ghost at the “Triennale di Milano”

The Ghost armchair is chosen to be put on display at the “Le fabbriche dei sogni” (Factory of Dreams) at the Triennale art and design museum in Milan.

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2012
LLT Collection and “Macramè”

The partnership between FIAM and the designers, Dante Benini and Luca Gonzo, leads to one of the company’s greatest successes: the LLT Collection. In the same year, the Macramè coffee tables designed by LucidiPevere win 1st prize at the 25th edition of the Young & Design Award competition.

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2013
“Rosy”, “Lucy” and “The Wing” are created

Doriana and Massimiliano Fuksas design the “Rosy” and “Lucy” mirrors for FIAM. In the same year, “The Wing”, a mirror conceived by Daniel Libeskind, is also created.

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2015
“Gesù, Energia del Mondo” and Expo 2015

Vittorio Livi creates the sculpture “Gesù Energia del Mondo” (Jesus, the Energy of Life) presented to Pope Francis. In the same year, FIAM is selected to represent the Brands of the World at Expo 2015.

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2016
Leonardo Italian Quality Award

The Leonard Committee present FIAM with the Quality Award 2015.

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2017
Ghost, 30 years as a design icon

The Ghost armchair marks its thirtieth anniversary and to celebrate, FIAM involved all its designers in an artistic project and produced a brochure recounting the product’s history and acclaim. The entire “Ghost 30 Anniversary” project is presented at the “Salone del Mobile” trade fair in Milan, where Ghost was unveiled for the very first time in 1987.

Vittorio Livi

Vittorio Livi has always had one passion: glass.
Fullet, the very first company founded by him, produced coloured glass for the furniture industry and was followed by a succession of companies: Artiglass, Curvovetro, Cromoglass and Vellutart.
The merger between these companies in 1973 resulted in FIAM, the first company to produce furnishing items in curved glass. Thanks to its technology and partnerships with top international designers, FIAM has become a leader in this industry and some of its products are on display in twenty-five museums worldwide.
After overseeing the restoration of Montegridolfo, a walled town dating back to the 7th century B.C., in 1992 Vittorio Livi purchased and renovated Villa Miralfiore, a historic building in Pesaro constructed in 1260. A part of the villa is dedicated to “Spazio Miralfiore”, a museum for works of art in glass produced by Livi and numerous Italian and international artists.

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“Ipotenusa”, “Cammini delle Fate”, the Crucifix of Pesaro, “Gesto”, and “Cuore” are some of the glass sculptures created by Vittorio Livi and exhibited at “Spazio Miralfiore” and in international museums.

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Creations by FIAM

The Onda pouf is the first item produced by FIAM, designed by its founder, Vittorio Livi. This was followed by a host of other products in the years to come: the Ragno table, the Grillo bedside table, the Gioco coffee tables, the Marea table, and the Palladio and Galà showcases …

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Honours and awards

Vittorio Livi has been presented with numerous awards and prizes over his career, including being appointed Commander of the Italian Republic, receiving an honorary degree from the University of Ancona, the “Compasso D’Oro” for his career from ADI (Italian Industrial Design Assocation), the ARTOUR-O d’Argento award for his significant contribution to art and the Leonardo Qualità Italia 2015 award from the Comitato Leonardo (Italian Quality Committee) …

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Main posts held

In addition to being CEO of FIAM, Vittorio Livi also holds numerous other posts. These include: member of the Board of Directors of Fla Eventi which organises the Salone del Mobile in Milan, MD of “Gruppo Mobili” Assarredo, member of the Comitato Leonardo in Rome and partner of the UCID (Christian Union of Business Executives).

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prizes and awards

Compasso d'Oro Career Award

Established in 1954 by Gio Ponti for “la Rinascente” the Compasso d’oro award from 1964 is managed by ADI that nowadays represents the highest expression of the European design. In the three-yearly editions are assigned twenty Compasso d’oro award, and the committee shall assign a Compasso d’Oro Career Award to a maximum of nine personalities, in order to the high expression of quality and design.

Fiam Italia has been awarded in 2001 with Ferrari Auto and Abet Laminati, and has been the 14th company to be awarded. Passion, design, research together with the culture of glass are the founding values of the company now and in the future.

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Leonardo Qualità Italia Prize


The Leonardo Committee, which has been recognizing and awarding the talent of men and companies to give relevance to the many extraordinary excellences of the Made in Italy for more than twenty years, has awarded Fiam with the Premio Leonardo Qualità Italia as a company that has distinguished itself for innovation and quality of products combined with a strong international outlook, for both commerce and production.

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certifications

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Quality assurance

Fiam is certified UNI EN ISO 9001:2008

The conformity to this reference norm allows Fiam to reach the highest quality standards. One of the direct evidences is the possibility to keep track of the products: a high temperature and therefore indelible decal is applied to every article, in addition to the company logo, this decal also bears a number of codes that allow the production cycle details of the article to be traced.