Our History

The Sottini brand is the legacy of two entrepreneurial and highly creative brothers: Antonio and Giuseppe Sottini.

Their passion for design and manufacturing was born while learning the metal working trade in the Italian region of Piemonte.  Their products included aluminium coffeemachines, parts for Fiat cars, and, of course, bathroom fittings.  Sottini became renowned for handmade quality, classic design and innovation in technology.

Sottini products are based on a foundation of quality but are equally known for their innovation and creativity. We perpetually achieve this difference by working with leading product designers from around the world. The idea of collaboration is central to our business.  It upholds the spirit of design and craftsmanship initiated by Antonio andGiuseppe, and it’s why people have been inspired by our bathroom products for years.

Our design partners are some of the most successful in the industry, internationally renowned and award-winning in their individual fields. Each has a unique take on design and engineering, and we let their imaginations run free. It explains how we curate such a rich depth of styles while adhering to the essential principle of precise, efficient function.

Antonio Sottini Born 01/01/1899 (Left)

Giuseppe Sottini Born 01/01/1916 (Right)

1939

In 1939 the brothers decided to set up their own business manufacturing stamps for metal sheets. With the beginning of the Second World War the activity started to go down, affected also by the deporting of Giuseppe Sottini in a Concentration Camp in Germany. After the war the business grew up again with the production of brassware for irrigation. Antonio and Giuseppe use to visit personally each customer and expanded their business in the region of Liguria, just under Piemonte.

1939

1951

In the 50s they got the brilliant intuition of starting to produce aluminium coffee machines that they sold under the brand Vampa. This step gave the company the chance to succeed considerably. Afterwards the time of the cooperation with Fiat in Turin came; Sottini manufactured various metal pieces for the important car company.

1951

1962

The 60s is the time of brassware, sold for the 90% in the USA. Thanks to the American experience Sottini put into the Italian market the fittings in methacrylate first and onyx afterwards.

1975

The 70s are probably the brightest years in the history of the company, when the Sottini golden brassware became internationally recognised especially by middle-eastern emirs and ship-owners, their main customers. In 1972 the company opened a new factory in Gozzano (Novara), a unique example of post-modern architecture. In the meantime the new headquarters opened in the glamorous centre of Milan.

1975

2015

Sottini re-launched the brand in September 2015 at 100% design. The brand was launched with a host of fresh new products that could be used without any restrictions to a collection. The new products portfolio inspires you "the customer" to Simply Imagine.

2015
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