Olivari, a leading company in the production of handles, is among the Italian excellences that represent Made in Italy all over the world. In the company based in Borgomanero, in the province of Novara, since 1911 work has been considered a company heritage that requires the respect of high standards and guarantees the recognition of everyone's merits and abilities.
This is the topic at the centre of the event organised by Olivari at the Arsenale Theatre in Milan: "Doing well. Doing together", a reflection on the virtuous peculiarities of the Italian production model.
The meeting, coordinated by Anna Marino, journalist, presenter and author of Radio24, was attended by Maarten Lulof van Aalderen of The Telegraaf (Netherlands), Ivan Carvalho, correspondent of Monocle (UK) and Colleen Barry of Associated Press (USA).
The "Saper Fare" strength of Made in Italy
As the Report prepared by the Study Centre of Confindustria "Exporting the dolce vita" clearly shows, beauty and quality are the distinctive features of Made in Italy, the so-called "beautiful and well made".
constitutes an important share of our exports and therefore of Italian GDP, especially in the "3 F" sectors: Fashion, Furniture and Food.
In a not particularly favourable economic climate, Italian companies have continued to strengthen and grow, investing above all in the quality of materials, the accuracy of workmanship and design, winning elements that make Italian manufacturing recognizable. The meeting recounted the characteristics of Italian SMEs, those companies that are proud of Italian "Know How", which develop 100% Italian production and continue to invest in their territory and human resources.
Olivari handles: for over 100 years a symbol of beauty and quality
One of these companies is Olivari, a symbol of beauty and quality for over 100 years. Founded by Battista Olivari in 1911, Olivari manufactures door handles and accessories for designer doors and windows in its own factories, where the entire production takes place: starting from brass bars, the handles are moulded, machined, ground, polished, chrome-plated and laser-branded.
Passion for work, attention to detail, care for "beautiful and well made" and the search for innovation are the winning characteristics of the company. Olivari has always relied on the creativity of the best architects and designers who have made the history of Made in Italy for his door handles: among the many, Gio Ponti and Franco Albini, Ignazio Gardella and later Enzo Mari, Rodolfo Dordoni, Piero Lissoni, Patricia Urquiola, Marcel Wanders and the great protagonists of contemporary architecture such as Shigeru Ban, Steven Holl, Toyo Ito, Daniel Libeskind, Dominique Perrault, Jean Nouvel, Ben Van Berkel.
Each of them expressed their own formal language by creating an infinity of minimal, ergonomic, sculptural, ironic handles, many of which have entered the history of Italian design.