In 1960, Italian Ernesto Gismondi and Sergio Mazza founded Artemide in Pregnana Milanese, a suburb of Milan, and released the first lamp, Alfa, which was designed by Mazza. Since then, the company has built an international reputation for innovative and industry-changing fixtures drafted by some of the world's most talented designers and architects. Artemide lighting is always forward thinking, environmentally conscious, and places utmost importance on lighting that best meets human needs, as part of its "The Human Light" philosophy. The company's most prominent lamps are exhibited in modern art and design museums, including in The Museum of Modern Art.

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