1910

Founding of the maker of chandeliers A. Bianchi, by Alfredo Bianchi; a family business for three generations: from grandfather Alfredo, to the father Ermanno and the son Antonio.

1910
1925

Creation of the new operative facility on Corso di Porta Vittoria in Milan; in the windows of the large store on Via Savaré, in front of the courthouse, over 20 employees worked in the 1950s.

1925
1964

Ermanno Bianchi, on 4000 square meters of land at Via Salomone 41, builds a new plant. Hans von Klier designed the furnishings and offices. This was to be the main headquarters of BILUMEN until 2013.

1964
1969

Antonio Bianchi, together with his sister Roberta, creates the BILUMEN brand (a contraction of Bianchi and Lumen). The trademark is formed to launch the company, too closely connected with Fifties chandeliers, on the new lighting and design market. The brand BILUMEN becomes famous for its innovative approach and high aesthetic profile; the creative efforts lead not only to lamps, but also plastic furnishings. Many design masters work with the brand: Nuccio Bertone, Rodolfo Bonetto, Sergio Asti, Giugiaro Design, Vittorio Gregotti, Isao Hosoe, Hans Von Klier, Richard Sapper, Marco Zanuso, De Pas d’Urbino Lomazzi, Giorgina Castiglioni.

1969
1971

Sergio Asti (Compasso d’Oro winner in 1962) designs the Paracarro lamp for BILUMEN. Today it is still possible to track one down at the best auction houses.

1971
1973

Isao Hosoe creates the BAU seat, experimenting with a new system for molding polyurethane.

1973
1984

BILUMEN produces a lamp that is still an international design icon today: the Palloncino/Balloon Lamp designed by Yves Christin.

1984
2004

Giorgio Brambilla, architect, and Simone Mariotto, designer, both graduates of the Milan Polytechnic, decide to join forces, forming a new company, LITEQ DESIGN, to create custom fixtures and concepts for the high-end retail market.

2004
2005

Creation of the new technical lighting concept for the new boutique of the fashion designer Luisa Beccaria.

2005
2006

For the Winter Olympics in Turin LITEQ DESIGN designs and produces the large chandelier designed by J. Foggini, used during the opening event, while Pavarotti sings on stage.

2006
2007

LITEQ DESIGN creates an innovative concept for the Giglio showroom in Palermo, one of the largest Italian buyers in the field of high fashion. Over 3000 invisible LEDs built into the ceiling light what is probably the first store done completely with LED lighting in Italy.

2007
2008

LITEQ DESIGN creates the new technical lighting concept for Pomellato, constructing a gigantic optical machine for the store in Rome; this is the first of a long series of stores all over the world.

2008
2009

LITEQ DESIGN acquires the historic BILUMEN brand. For the FuoriSalone, in the showroom of Bruno Rainaldi, presentation of REFLEX, an interactive luminous sculpture.

2009
2010

Following the acquisition of the BILUMEN brand, a company is formed: BILUMEN srl. It inherits the cultural and design legacy of the famous trademark, enhanced by the tailor-made expertise, uniqueness and exclusivity of LITEQ DESIGN; the BILUMEN offering takes on a single focus: “light made to measure.”

2010
2011

BILUMEN produces a new collection of lighting creations designed by Bruno Rainaldi, Enrico Azzimonti, Marco Della Torre.

2011
2014

In partnership with Philips Lighting, BILUMEN designs and produces the fixtures used to light over 40 stores of the fashion house Dolce&Gabbana around the world.

2014
2015

The very new Furla store in New York is completely lit with LED fixtures specially created for the well-known handbag brand.

2015