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1901: THE BEGINNINGS OF THE LAGOSTINA "SAGA"

Originating from Italy, Lagostina was born in 1901 in Omegna. It is in that region located on the banks of the Orta lake – one of the large sub -alpine lakes of northern Italy – that Carlo Lagostina and his son Emilio became the founding fathers of what has become the Lagostina “saga”.

Passionate about nature and in love with their birth region, the two men were visionaries. Refusing to simply remain spectators in front of the industrial world opening before them, Emilio, under the impulse of his ambitious father, became an engineer.

Quickly, Lagostina became a renowned brand with an expertise in manufacturing tinplated cookware.

1932-1956: AN INCREDIBLE ASCENSION

From the beginning of the 30s, close to 30 000 pieces were manufactured daily.

The Lagostina family took time to develop and ensure business prosperity. Massimo Lagostina, the founder’s grandnephew, discovered the first stainless steel plate at the Milan Trade Show of 1929. He quickly understood the importance and interest of this work material for culinary arts. Massimo innovated and launched the first cookware made of stainless steel.

Pioneering and persistent, the Lagostina family didn’t stop there. In 1933, stainless steel pans came out, followed by a first collection, “Casa Mia”, in 1934. Success was unanimous and the line was exhibited at the MOMA in New York.

During this time, clients for stainless steel cookware were mostly communities, hospitals, ship liners, and major department stores (Rinascente). But also a few retailers, mostly in Piedmont and Lombardy.

1956 - 1971: A NEW ERA

The years 1956-1957 brought a fundamental change: time to stop manufacturing tinplated had come. A key step for Lagostina: manual manufacturing left way to mechanical process.

Inflexible, Lagostina continued to develop and launched “Thermoplan” the first thermo-diffuser bottom. This exclusive process ensures perfect heat conductibility all around the bottom of the cookware.

In 1960, the Lagostina pressure-cooker took front and centre stage: unique, it is equipped with a closing and opening system that is still owned by the brand: flexible handle and lid.

Lagostina also singles itself out with innovative and humoristic communication: Osvaldo Cavandoli’s line is a perfect example.

Famous designers reinforced the positioning of the brand through original creations: Carlo Mazzeri and the Moon Line® handles, the Thermoplan® bottom and kettle, and Pierre Cardin’s stackable cutlery from 1970.  The collections’ diversity strongly marks this period. Innovation, modernity and tradition become the key words of this ambitious approach initiated by Lagostina.

1971 - 2004: A COHERENT EVOLUTION

Anxious to meet the most demanding expectations in cooking matters, the Italian brand adapts its production in accordance with the evolution of cooking trends:

• 1980: new function on the pressure-cooker: “steam cooking”
• 1986: conception of “Pastaoila”, a pot specifically designed to cook and drain pasta
• 2000: launch of the glamorous “Academy – Five Ply” line, which became as emblematic as “Casa Mia” in its day.