Founded in the end of the 1950s, Abet Laminati is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of decorative laminate.The varied universe of Abet Laminati is formed by an endless number of products with different characteristics, aesthetic peculiarities and functions.
The company has always given prominence to the relationship between design and culture. Over the years, Abet Laminati has worked with top designers such as Giorgetto Giugiaro, Ettore Sottsass, Alessandro Mendini, Mario Bellini, Enzo Mari, Joe Colombo, Francois Burkhardt, Paola Navone, Karim Rashid, Konstantin Grcic, Ugo Nespolo, Giulio Iacchetti and many others: thanks to these collaborations Abet Laminati has given its contribute to the development of design. The most important examples are Alchymia and Memphis, born in the end of the Seventies and in the beginning of the Eighties: these cultural operations deeply marked the international design and became a very important instrument for the promotion of the “Made in Italy” all over the world.
Over the years Abet Laminati has improved its laminates researching new decors and textures capable of arousing curiosity, awakening emotions, bringing inspiration. The laminate has gained an identity that can always be different: with Abet Laminati the laminates are always in continuous evolution.
In more than 50 years of its history, Abet Laminati has always given such a great importance to business requests and cultural changes and has continued to invest resources in technology and creativity, working on product image in order to offer original and different products, constantly enlarging its Collection.

1946

1946

A.B.E.T. Anonima Braidese Estratti Tannici was founded on September 13 as a producer of some of the best tannins extracted from chestnut tree wood.

1957

1957

The final conversion to ABET occurs on the strength of new products made of synthetic resin. The company starts producing high-pressure decorative plastic laminates.

1964

1964

The PRINT trademark, Product Railite International, is launched on the market. It becomes a symbol of the excellent quality of Abet laminates.

1965

1965

Giò Ponti describes Abet laminate as “extraordinary material for architecture, the first not linked to nature but developed by man”.

1966

1966

The revolutionary SEI finish and Stratificato, the first self-supporting laminate, come into being.

1967

1967

The silk-screen printing laboratory is inaugurated and the first customized laminates are produced.

1968

1968

Mario Bellini, Enzo Mari and Joe Colombo start producing pieces of furniture for La Rinascente. The famous record player shelf by Joe Colombo starts to take shape.

1972

1972

The MoMA of New York organizes an exhibition on Italian design “Italy: the new domestic landscape”, Abet Laminati is the first company to join the initiative.

1977

1977

In collaboration with Andrea Branzi and Clino Trini Castelli, Abet Laminati fosters “Colordinamo ’77”, a research centre dedicated to the expressive potential of colours.

1978

1978

Abet Laminati nurtures the birth of Alchymia, the avant-garde movement that will conceive Memphis.

1979

1979

Great success for the Serie Misura, pieces of furniture realised with a special geometric silk-screen printing.

1981

1981

Abet Laminati fosters the Memphis group of Ettore Sottsass. The new applications mark the history of contemporary design.

1984

1984

The collections Decori Minimi, supervised by Paola Navone, Walkprint and Straticolor come to life.

1987 2001

1987

Abet Laminati is awarded its first Compasso d’Oro ADI for Diafos, to which the travelling exhibition “Material Lights” coordinated by Ettore Sottsass is dedicated.

1990

1990

Abet Laminati is awarded the European Design Award and presents the Colori Uniti series, selected by Ettore Sottsass.

1992

1992

Abet Laminati is present at the Louvre with “Technique Discrete” organized by Achille Castiglioni and Michele De Lucchi and in Turin with “Swatch Emotion” curated by Alessandro Mendini.

1993

1993

The production plants for the new Tefor® product are enlarged. Alessandro Mendini chooses MEG to characterize the Groninger Museum in the Netherlands.

1996

1996

The Bra factory is the first company able to produce laminates incorporating digital printing.

2000

2000

Ettore Sottsass coordinates the travelling exhibition “Monitor Laminates” dedicated to digital print laminate and curated by De Rosso.

1987 2001

2001

Abet Laminati is awarded the Compasso d’Oro ADI as a Lifetime Achievement Award. The collection Colours and Textures curated by Paola Navone is created.

2003

2003

In collaboration with Paola Navone and De Rosso, Abet Laminati organizes “DigitalPrint. A new generation of surfaces”: 21 young designers at the Triennale di Milano.

2004

2004

Abet Laminati customizes the Centro Natatorio of Trieste with MEG in digital printing and the Proust pattern by Alessandro Mendini.

2005

2005

The 40 years of collaboration with Ettore Sottsass are celebrated at the Triennale di Milano with a specialized exhibition.

2007

2007

Abet Laminati celebrates 50 years of activity.

2008

2008

Abet Laminati, in collaboration with De Rosso, presents “Kasa Digitalia” by Karim Rashid at the Triennale di Milano and “Next Floor” by Diego Grandi at Abitare il Tempo in Verona.

2009

2009

The Mendini Atelier designs the new Korean building for the Triennale choosing MEG with digital printing.

2010

2010

Abet’s laminate is Ugo Nespolo’s choice for the complex Città Ospedaliera di Avellino and Fabio Novembre’s for Shangai Expo. Konstantin Grcic creates the Crystaline collection.

2011

2011

Abet Laminati stands among the leading companies of the fourth edition of the Triennale Design Museum in parallel with the exhibition “Le fabbriche dei sogni”.

2012

2012

Abet Laminati presents Parade Collection by Giulio Iacchetti at the Triennale di Milano and Marcello Morandini’s sculptures at ArtVerona.

2013

2013

The new Abet Laminati Museum located at its historical premises in Bra opens.

The designers that have collaborated with Abet Laminati
Ab Rogers, Achille Castiglioni, Adolfo Natalini, Alberto Biagetti, Aldo Cibic, Alessandro Mendini, Alessandro Pedretti, Alessandro Guerriero, Andrea Branzi, Antonio Citterio, Azumi, Barber & Osgerby, Bethan Laura Wood, Bibi & Gutjahr, Bruno Munari, Cahen & Grégori, Christian Biecher, Christoph Radl, Cini Boeri, Claudio Monti, Clino Trini Castelli, Cristiano Toraldo di Francia, Dario Miticocchio, De Pas D'Urbino Lomazzi, Denis Santachiara, Diego Grandi, Dorota Koziara, Dumoffice, El Ultimo Grito, Enzo Mari, Eoos Design, Ettore Sottsass, Fabio Novembre, Ferruccio Laviani, Francesco Mendini, Franco Purini, François Burkhardt, Gae Aulenti, Getulio Alviani, George J. Sowden, Gerard Taylor, Gianni Pareschi, Gio Ponti, Giorgetto Giugiaro, Giorgio De Ferrari , Giulio Iacchetti, Gregotti Associati, Harry & Camila, Isao Hosoe, Italo Rota, James Irvine, Jean Nouvel, Joe Colombo, JoeVelluto, Johanna Grawunder, Juliette Van Der Sanden, Karim Rashid, King & Miranda, Konstantin Grcic, Lorenzo Damiani, Luciano Grugni, Luigi Caccia Dominioni, Marc Sadler, Marcel Wanders, Marcello Morandini, Marco Piva, Marco Zanini, Marco Zanuso, Mario Bellini, Markus Benesch, Martine Bedin, Masanori Umeda, Massimo Iosa Ghini, Massimo Morozzi, Matteo Ragni, Matteo Thun, Mauro Olivieri, Michael Podgorschek, Michael Sodeau, Michele De Lucchi, Mike Ryan, N2 Design, Nathalie du Pasquier, Nathalie Jean, Odoardo Fioravanti, Paola Navone, Paolo Nava, Paolo Portoghesi, Patricia Urquiola, Patrick Norguet, Peter Shire, Philippe Starck, Ricardo Bofill, Richard Hutten, Rodolfo Dordoni, Rudi Haberl, Salvati e Tresoldi, Sharon Elphick, Shigeru Uchida, Silvio De Ponte, Simon Pengelly, Sophia Wood, Stefania Di Petrillo, Theo Williams, Thomas Baumhauer, Ugo Nespolo, Vico Magistretti, Vittorio Simoni