Founded in 1904 near Milan, Manifattura Testori recently celebrated 110 years of activity.
In more than a century it has brought to life many ambitious and important projects, taking Italian taste and craftsmanship round the world right from the beginning of the 20th century: what today we call “made in Italy”.
In the historic site in Novate Milanese, still today the operating headquarters of the company, production concentrated in the first decades of the past century on fabrics for interior furnishing and, later, on those for railways: in the 1930s, Testori created prestige fittings for the Orient Express, the famous train that travelled from Paris to Constantinople and became a symbol of luxury and comfort.
In the Testori archives is another unforgettable name, Andrea Doria, the beautiful but unfortunate Italian ship, worthy heir of the 1930s transatlantic liners, a favourite with the international jet set at the time for the refinement of its interiors.
Then, between the 1950s and 1960s, Testori began working also with the aeronautical sector, first with Air France and Alitalia and later with other leading airlines. A very significant achievement was the supply in the 1970s of the interior furnishings of the supersonic Concorde, which demanded very new material technologies.
Entry into this market proved a significant turning point for the company, directing it increasingly towards the search for products with a high technological content for the transport sector (aircraft, trains, cruise ships, buses). This ability to cultivate innovation, while maintaining the traditional values of “made in Italy”, is the unique and specific mission that Manifattura Testori has demonstrated with its fabrics yesterday and today.