n.6 october 2005
by Antonio Barbangelo
It was the first Italian company to manufacture ceramic valve mono mixer taps. It went on to invent the mixer tap with a concealed cartridge. Having become the top national company, it began to attack foreign markets. As Carlo Zucchetti, chairman of the eponymous Novarabased company explains in this exclusive interview, “these days over 50% of turnover comes from abroad”.
From Lenin, Stalin and the Nazi leaders to George W. Bush and the Sultan of Brunei: the Astoria has hosted a wide-cross section of guests. An unconventional portrait of one of the world’s best-known hotels, Vladimir Putin’s favourite, where Tony Blair stayed on his first official visit to Russia.