The Italian cabinetmaker and architect, Ezio Longhi was the founder of Elam furniture brand and author of the memoir book Diario di un falegname (2016).
He was born in Lombardy in a woodworkers’ family. His father was a woodcarver who produced furniture in classical styles. After his father’s death Longhi, who was only 14, took up his family business.
1951. Longhi opens a new studio with contemporary machines and with a department processing cellulose nitrate. His new brand is called Elam.
1953-1957. Longhi begins to collaborate with Italian architects Raffaella Crespi, Piero Ranzani, Lorenzo Forges Davanzati.
1956. Elam takes part in Salone del Mobile in Milan
1958. Longhi designs Mitzi armchair for Elam.