Tacchini Italia Forniture is a very important producer of contract furniture pieces with a long lasting family history. Founded 50 years ago, located close to Milan, they work with many well-known designers, like Pearson Lloyd, Lievore Altherr Molina, Luca Nichetto, Claesson Koivisto Rune, Gordon Guillaumier and Patrick Norguet – to name a few. Since 2010 they are also editing again some historical projects of Italian Masters like Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni, Franco Albini, Gianfranco Frattini, Umberto Riva. Today Tacchini has founded a new company called Tacchini Edizioni with the aim to produce not only design furnitures for big spaces but also a series of accessories.
Since 2013 Think Work Observe is in charge of their whole visual identity, including corporate typefaces, catalogues, website, and all the possible printed matters. T’14 was the first catalogue we designed for them: it introduced the concept of memory and aimed to a better knowledge of the history of the company for all possible customers. As they used to talk just to a niche of audience – like architects, and as they didn’t use to speak about themselves, they were less recognized than they were should have been. We also art directed the work of the contributors of the catalogue, calling the photographers Lena C. Emery and Andrea Ferrari and the illustrator Elena Xausa.
In 2016 the new edition of the catalogue, called T’16, was focused on the theme of making something by hands, representing the completely Italy-based production of the company: format 21 × 25 cm, 1 volume of 444 pages on quality coated and uncoated papers, 340 pictures, 8 sketches, 85 products, 21 designers and 3 artists. With contributions by Marina Rosso (Berlin), Karin Söderquist (London) and Andrea Ferrari (Milan).