Goppion’s adventure began in 1952 in Milan after World War II as a small glass-making workshop. Founder Nino Goppion, an engineer, had various clients, including Ferrero for whom he made thousands of display cases for bars and shops. Business was booming and the company went from creating single display cases to manufacturing entire installations for shops and then making a name for itself as a pioneer in «exhibition-design».
In 1956, the Museo degli Strumenti Musicali in Milan commissioned the company to create display cases for the installation designed by architects Cossovich and Monzeglio, but nobody would have foreseen that this would become the company’s exclusive field.
The museum turning point
With the end of the economic boom and with Nino’s son Alessandro now helping his father manage the company, a new phase began in Goppion’s history with a move toward museum work.
The creation of the Alva display cases, which were simple and essential, for an exhibition at the Martin-Gropius-Bau exhibition hall in Berlin in 1987 turned out to be an overwhelming success. In total, 15,000 of the Alva display cases were manufactured.
From that moment, the Milan-based company began aiming for more prestige and international recognition by creating more than simple display cases. These were sophisticated machines studied to offer the highest levels of conservation for works of art as well as to protect them from variations in humidity and temperature.
At the end of the 1980s, Goppion increased its research-and-development activities thanks to important collaborations with national and international institutions specialized in protecting cultural property.
A company that brings together the past and future
In the 1990s, Goppion began to see recognition abroad as well. In England, the company realized the display cases for the Crown Jewels in the Tower of London and in the United States, it was chosen to create the installation at the Getty Museum in Los Angeles.
These experiences allowed the company to refine its manufacturing techniques and to equip itself with modern and efficient systems for organizing its work. All of this without sacrificing its heritage as a company that is capable and knowledgeable in classic methods of craftsmanship as a distinguishing characteristic of its work.
Since 2000, Goppion’s business has expanded even further worldwide. New and prestigious projects keep the company busy on all continents while collaborations with some of the most important museums in the world – the Louvre, the British Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston – have led to more continuous relationships.
The display case created for the Mona Lisa in 2005 garnered the company worldwide fame.