Vago craft business began in the 1920s. In 1981 Antonio Vago together with Rosy opened a showroom in Barlassina, with objects by Le Corbusier harmonizing with sculptures by Fausto Melotti and paintings by Valentino Vago. In 1982, Vago Forniture began collaborating with the most important financial companies in Milan, realizing in 1987 the furnishings of the Milan Stock Exchange. Passionate collectors of furnishing objects, they always managed professional relationships with architects, designers, and artists, sponsoring cultural initiatives including a book on the Asnago and Vender architecture studio (1986).
“I owe my beginnings to Dino Gavina and Mrs Simoncini, to my frequentation of the shop in Via Cerva: that marked the dawn of Flos, Cassina and the Scarpa. After meeting them I set aside my small-scale production in the Brianza style, and with the contribution of my brother Valentino and his colleagues at the Brera Academy, I started to produce my first designed pieces.” Antonio Vago recounted this in an interview with Gap magazine in May 1988, showing that he was a true forerunner, founder and promoter of a taste that would later become synonymous with everything ‘Made in Italy’.

A significant leap forward for the company came about thanks to its intuition of the importance that the contract market would take on in the 1980s, which proved to be absolutely right. This is how Vago began to design the interiors of banks and financial companies. Soon the shop became a sizeable exhibition area, where not only design objects were displayed but where visitors might breathe art, and be offered the best possible advice. “Today,” said Antonio Vago in 1988, “you can’t sell a piece of furniture. You have to sell a whole world.” The competitive advantage, at that time, was given by the internal workshop dedicated to custom-made furniture. This is still the case today, together with the network of local producers and the extraordinary workshops of master craftsmen who implement their invaluable knowledge, under the Vago name.

Knowledge, competence, object culture and art. All this was and is Vago. As Antonio would say, “Inside my shop there are pieces of old and new avant-garde design, there are sculptures by Melotti, by my brother Valentino whom I deeply respect and love, and by Olivieri: pieces for sale and works from my own private collection.”

Today the helm is in the hands of Simone Vago, who has internationalised the group and consolidated the brand worldwide. Along with him, his wife Paola Amerio Vago.

His brother Davide, a cool staff, mix of historical memories and new and fresh energies and skills, are the team who makes the best partner for architects, private clients, developers and brands we manage stores.