In 1856, Giuseppe Sambonet, a Fine Arts graduate and the son of a nobleman from Vercelli, obtained his warrant as Master Goldsmith and established the company, Giuseppe Sambonet, depositing his seal bearing the initials “GS” at the Turin mint. At the beginning of the twentieth century his company was the Official Purveyor to many noble families, including the Duchess of Genoa and the Count of Turin.
In 1932, Sambonet was the first company in Italy to build an industrial production plant capable of manufacturing both sterling silver and galvanic silverware. In 1938, it developed an innovative process for the production of stainless steel flatware and developed a silver-plated steel manufacturing technique. In 1947, it started producing stainless steel knives and blades using its own technology.
In 1956, Sambonet conquered the international market by being chosen, from 53 competitors, to supply the Cairo Hilton Hotel with a hollowware line that is still in its collection today. This marked the beginning of the company’s great tradition of supplying world-class hotels and restaurants.
Starting from the Sixties, great designers created collections that consolidated and popularised the company’s focus on design. Roberto Sambonet, in particular, created collections of primary importance, such as the “Pesciera”, “Center line” and “Linea 50” trays that can be admired at the MoMA in New York. Anna Castelli Ferrieri also designed a line of fl atware for Sambonet. Her Hannah collection won the Compasso d’Oro award in 1994. Special mention, lastly, must be made of the Gio Ponti flatware line which has been produced since 1932.
Sambonet in 1997 entered the Paderno group and in 2009 acquired Rosenthal, the prestigious brand of German porcelain. The acquisitions of the Bavarian Arzberg in 2013 and, in 2015, of Ercuis & Raynaud, icon of the elegance and tradition of "made in France" porcelain, have seen further growth of the range of products offered. Headquartered in Orfengo, between Novara and Vercelli, the group Sambonet Paderno Industrie S.p.A. is now a leader in the production of high quality design tabletop and kitchen, destined for both the retail and the Ho.Re.Ca. sector.