Guglielmo Ulrich (1904-1977), architect, designer, interior decorator, and painter, is undoubtedly one of the most interesting figures in the history of modern Italian furniture. Spanning the late 1920s and 1970s, his work is a fundamental part of the very evolution of Italian architectural culture and the very birth of an Italian design identity.

Linked to Gio Ponti and to that whole group that, gravitating around the magazine “Domus,” advocated a strong modernization of taste and the home, Ulrich nevertheless knew how to maintain a firm relationship with tradition and in particular with the eighteenth-nineteenth-century bourgeois tradition, of which he was an elegant modern interpreter. This ability of his to posit, at a time of generalized rupture, a firm relationship between history and modernity, between tradition and innovation, makes him a singular character who deserves a leading place in the history of Italian and European design.