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Carlo Bugatti

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Carlo Bugatti (1846-1940)

Carlo Bugatti was the son of the architect and sculptor Giovanni Luigi Bugatti. He studied at the Accademia di Brera in Milan and then at the Paris Académie des Beaux-Arts. From 1880, he first worked as an architect in Milan, but he soon turned to furniture design.

His unusual creations, which show influences of the East and the West, were presented for the first time in 1888 at the Milan Art Industry Fair. This was followed by other exhibitions and awards.

In 1900, his furniture was honored at the World Exhibition in Paris with the silver medal. Bugatti was now internationally known and received, among other things, the order to set up the Turkish Salon at the Waldorf-Astoria hotel in New York. Until 1904, he operated his workshop in his hometown Milan.

Besides his ceramics, musical instruments, silverware and textiles, Bugatti’s oeuvre comprises mainly furniture that have until today a unique recognition through her eclectic design.