The history of Matteograssi is as rich as the country where it was founded. In 1880, Matteograssi began producing saddles, bridles, reins and other leather equipment in Mariano Comense, Italy, north of Milan. The company quickly evolved due to the increase in industry in the area, and started producing furniture by the end of WW2. Because of their background in saddlery, their materials of choice included leather, coach hide, wood, glass, and steel. In 1978, the family decided to establish the company Matteograssi and develop a furniture line of its own.
The Matteograssi collection has been created by famed designers like Tito Agnoli, Piero Lissoni, Guglielmo Ulrich, Mauro Lipparini and Rodolfo Dordoni (pictured above). These designers have helped to shape the image of the company and guided the direction of the Matteograssi.
Because of the craftsmanship and materials used, Matteograssi has been a popular choice for commercial designers and architects for use in public spaces. Their first commercial applications included lounges Fiumicino (Rome), Frankfurt and Malpensa (Milan) airports. However, their designs have been equally popular for residential design. They have now extended their designs and created a softer feel for their furniture, experimenting with fabrics and materials other than their traditional leather. Matteograssi continues to be an innovator in modern Italian-made furniture, producing and distributing accessible and diverse designs around the world.