When Villelmo Bartolini bought a tapering machine in 1949 to transform iron pipes into table and chair legs, Europe was a continent destroyed by war, waiting to be rebuilt materially and spiritually. The aircraft factory where Villelmo worked as a tinsmith, a worker in charge of shaping the cockpits, had been destroyed by bombing, as has been much of the city of Foligno.
And it is thanks to men like Villelmo, ready to risk everything and always looking to the future with confidence, if Italy and Europe were able to recover. The bills of exchange signed one by one for the purchase of the tapering machine, whose deafening noise penetrated from the garage where it had been placed throughout the house above it, were paid well ahead of schedule and a chrome plating system, essential to complete the production cycle, was soon added to that first machine.
As soon as he reached the age of 21, the smallest son of Villelmo Bartolini, Gaudenzio,took his place on the front seat of the small third-hand OM truck to deliver metal structures for chairs, tables and lockers. Since then Gaudenzio has never looked back, and has continued to travel up and down Italy, first of all in the company he managed with his brother Alessio, and then for his own “creature”, Unitekno, founded in 1984. The idea of developing innovative, useful products, whose design expresses strength and familiarity, made to last and cross generations is his driving force. Among these, some real “icons”, such as the “Drago” iron and the “Pulistiro”.