The Progetti Story
In the late 1970s, an engineer by the name of Lenti founded Progetti in the small town of Carate Brianza in northern Italy. With an inherently precise, mathematical mind, Lenti was also a great lover of modern design. He was able to bring both aspects together in the sculptural design and precise workings of ultra-modern clocks and other home accessories.
In its efforts to bring original forms together with established time-keeping functionality, Progetti has attracted the talents of many acclaimed designers over the years, including Gianfranco Frattini, Joe Colombo, Giulio Iacchetti and Karim Rashid.
Why We Love Progetti
While it's been around for more than 30 years, Progetti has all the energy and freshness of a much younger design firm. Designers are encouraged to follow their wildest imaginations and push the limits of what's considered possible or expected. Taken altogether, the current catalogue of Progetti wall clocks and table clocks are at once quirky, colorful, elegant and original, the epitome of Italian ingenuity and craftsmanship. They are also justified as genuine works of art, with several Progetti clocks featured in the New York and San Francisco MoMA collections and the Ara Pacis museum in Rome.
Fun Fact About Progetti
In English, Progetti means "projects." This single word reveals the firm founder's engineering background and evokes the research, development and overall scientific approach used to conceive and create Progetti's many contemporary clocks and furnishings.
Noteworthy Products by Progetti
One of the clocks featured by MoMA is the freeform Fun Time Wall Clock, which is made up of thirteen individual colored dots that can be hung on the wall in any configuration desired. And the classic cuckoo clock gets a modern, nature-inspired makeover with the Cucuruku Wall Clock. It features a beautifully stark profile of a leafless tree, with the requisite cuckoo bird popping out at the end of an outstretched branch.