Antonio Citterio was born in Meda (Milan) in 1950.He completed his studies in architecture at the Milan Polytechnic, and since 1972 he has worked with Italian and international companies such as Ansorg, Arclinea, Artemide, B&B Italia, JCDecaux, Flexform, Flos, Fusital, Hackman-Iittala, Hansgrohe, Inda, Kartell, Maxalto, Pozzi-Ginori, Tre Più, Tisettanta, Vitra and Wall as a product and industrial designer.
In 1981 he started his practice in architecture and interior design, together with his Californian wife, Terry Dwan. From 1987 to 1996, he worked on several architectural projects in Europe and Japan, developing retail and commercial interiors.
Among their more prominent joint projects are a commercial and administrative complex in Seregno (Milan), the Esprit headquarters in Milan, Amsterdam and Antwerp, a furniture factory for Vitra in Germany and a factory for fashion production in Corsico, Milan.
In 1999 “Antonio Citterio and Partners” was founded in Milan by Antonio Citterio and Patricia Viel as a multidisciplinary practice. The firm operates in the fields of product design, architectural design (in both the private and public sectors), space planning, retail and showroom design, corporate image and location design. One project, in collaboration with John Pawson, was the new B&B Italia showroom in London’s Brompton Cross.
Since 1999 Antonio Citterio has been teaching at the Academy of Architecture of the Università della Svizzera Italiana (Mendrisio, Switzerland). He has been a visiting professor at the Domus Academy of Milan and the “La Sapienza” University of Rome; he regularly gives lectures and holds conferences worldwide.
A number of Citterio’s pieces for Kartell are in the permanent collections of MOMA in New York and the Pompidou Centre, Paris. His Tools collection of cutlery for Hackman is part of the permanent design collection at the Architecture and Design Museum in Chicago.