Sometimes in our research we encounter some very special pieces.
We can’t help by highlight this rare three-seater sofa, designed by Finnish design master Ilmari Tapiovaara, to be showcased for the 1957 exhibition “Seconda Mostra Selettiva e Concorso Internazionale del Mobile’” in Cantù, a small Italian city in the Brianza craftman district north of Milano. The room designed by Tapiovaara, where the sofa was included, won the gold medal for “Living Room Design”. The sofa (and the matching armchairs, coffee tables and sideboards) were then produced by Esposizione La Permanente Mobili, but the production was short and ceased in the 1960s. It was manufactured by the skilled craftman Paolo Arnaboldi, that successfully succeeded in the challenge of bringing to life the complex Tapiovaara’s design. The result was a unique furniture series that combined Finnish and Italian design.

Design in the City Ljubljana 2023 / HANDFUL @ Prodajalna Gumb
5-7 October 2023. 1+1 design gallery is happy to announce its first exhibition in the capital of Slovenia, Ljubljana. For the event “Design in the city” the gallery is presenting a selection of pieces tied by the common thread of the hand, considered as one of the main tools of the human body.
Lookbook @Lorenzo Capelli
Video @Kinonauts
Lookbook @Riccardo Banfi
Under a different guise
1+1 is a gallery devoted to collectible design, mostly of Italian design masters of the 20th Century. The gallery also promotes contemporary projects that result in exhibitions, editions, curation, advisory and more.

In a business world where there's very little green and very big washing, and all big corportations and e-commerce giants have a sustainability page where they explain how very much they care, it's easy to get confused. At 1+1 we don't want to fool you, but express a few simple principles that are our guidance.

1) No matter how hard you try sell it, making something new requires energy, more or less clean. There is no other way around. The pieces we sell, call them preowned or vintage as you like, they are already existing, and won't have more impact on our planet. Choosing something for your home that it's already part of this world, something that was so well built that it's still in a terrific shape after so many years and it will stay that way, rather something new that very often doesn't match the quality that historical pieces have to offer and won't last as long, it's to us the most sustainable decision possible.

2) Buy less! We don't offer junk furniture at attractive prices, we don't do sales to convince you to buy something you don't need because it's a bargain. Buy just a few things, weight your decision, choose quality and mantain it. As us all the questions you need, we are here to help to see if we have something that's good for you or not.