Casati gallery was founded in 2003 by Ugo Casati. Casati gallery makes part of the contemporary galleries you can find in Chicago focused on furniture, lighting, objects and art from post-war Italian to global contemporary.
The gallery represents artists like Ico Parisi, Gio Ponti, Franco Buzzi, Alessandro Mendini, Pietro Chiesa which they take to the exhibitions they use to participate, like for example Design Miami.
Unlike anyone else in Chicago focusing on the period, Casati sells only merchandise from Europe. His stock is mostly Italian, as himself, with occasional items of French, German or Scandinavian origin mixed in that he snags on buying trips.
Casati’s maverick take on modernity didn’t stop with the merchandise he chose to show. Instead of buying a sleekly styled, architecturally significant place to live, say some precisely honed contemporary architectural confection or even a classic Modernist place in a Mies building, he opted for a late 19th Century Lincoln Park six-flat. He was motivated by aesthetics and economics: “I took restoration classes in Milan so knew I could do something interesting with the space on my own and still have it relate to our collections,” he explains.
Casati shrugs his shoulders and says, “Part instinct, part doctrine. I’m committed to sticking to Italian Modernism, so I work within that framework to begin with. The rest is about balance. You need to mix things up. Some should be strictly elegant, others witty or a little offbeat. And dining room tables should always be round,” he pronounces.
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