It all started in a small laboratory in the historical centre of the Italian town of Piacenza during the late 1980s. Davide Groppi was inventing and producing his first lamps and decided simply to use his own name for the name of the company.
Creative independence and passionate, unconventional management have allowed him, over time, to develop his own brand of original and unique products, currently distributed the world over.
Simplicity, weightlessness, emotion, creative invention and amazement are the fundamental ingredients of each lamp or lighting project designed by Davide Groppi.
His creations come about through the need to give life to something that is necessary or significant.
The things that inspire these ideas are works of art, ready made objects, magic, the desire to make things with his hands or simply the urge to play and have fun with light.
Light, for Davide Groppi, is a wonderful way to seduce and excite.
He has always worked with a faithful group of collaborators who share his vision and help him to develop ideas and bring them to fruition.
Over the course of many years, Davide Groppi has developed products and shows in collaboration with companies specialising in design.
There have been many international projects the world over, including the illumination of houses, stores, museums, restaurants.
Davide Groppi has been particularly active in the area of hospitality. Some of the most famous chefs in the world have chosen lighting solutions by Davide Groppi for their venues, including Albert Adrià, Massimo Bottura, Massimiliano Alajmo, Moreno Cedroni, Carlo Cracco, Gennaro Esposito, Giancarlo Perbellini, Ciccio Sultanoand others.
Davide Groppi has also recognised for excellence by the press and received prestigious awards, including the Edida Award, in 2011, for the Sampei lamp; the Design Plus Award, in 2014, for the Neuro lamp; the two awards at the 23rd edition of the ADI Compasso d’Oro Awards for the Nulla lamp and for the Sampei lamp; the ADI Compasso d’Oro Mention of Honour upon our rechargeable lamp TeTeTeT in 2016. The ADI Compasso d’Oro Award is considered the oldest and most prestigious recognition for design in the world.
As part of the “Quirinale Contemporaneo” project, inaugurated in 2019, Sampei and Origine floor lamps light up the Quirinal Palace, in particular the “Studio alla Vetrata” and the “Prima Sala di Rappresentanza” respectively. Origine also enriches the interiors of the Italian Embassy to the Holy See for the initiative “Contemporanei a Palazzo Borromeo”.
Davide Groppi S.r.l. has been a part of the Italian Design Brands s.p.a. group since 2018.
In 2019, Davide Groppi became member of Altagamma Foundation, the creative and cultural ecosystem that is the most important accelerator of Made in Italy products.
DAVIDE GROPPI BY DAVIDE GROPPI.
I was born in a summer’s day of 1963.
My parents decided to call me Davide without considering I would be making lamps and working with light for the better part of my life.
In fact, my name backwards is Edivad, which is a lot closer to Edison than Davide is to Thomas, so it worked out in the end.
For a guy who works with Edison light bulbs, with a little creative imagination, you might even think of Edivad as a sign of destiny … Nomen Omen.
My father taught me not only how to put things together and create from spare parts, but also how to appreciate beauty and construct things solidly.
Together, we built a pinball machine, a telegraph and … a lamp.
I began working in the field of mechanical design in 1985, but it was only in 1988 that I began conceiving, putting together and selling lamps on my own.
I don’t really know why it had to be lamps and not something else. One thing is for sure: lamps gave me a great opportunity to express my personality and make a practical living of it.
My first laboratory was a little room in the centre of Piacenza, Italy.
Then, in 1994, I had the great fortune of meeting Maddalena De Padova, who, without any explanation, decided to purchase 40 prototypes of my lamp Baloo and exhibit them at the trade show “Salone del Mobile” in Milano.
It was an exciting moment in my career I will never forget because only then did I realise I could be successful at doing what I had dreamed of.
After that, I met other people who promised to distribute what I was making.
Of course, I have not been alone in this venture. My collaborators have been instrumental in helping me to prosper and grow. They are great people with whom I work every day to develop our projects and make our dreams come true.