- About Gonzagarredi
Gonzagarredi can define itself as The History of Montessori Materials without fear of contradiction, and not just because it started, grew and established itself in Maria Montessoriís home town, but because it was in collaboration with Gonzagarredi (then known as ìErnesto Bassoli e Figliî, and afterwards ìSociet‡ Anonima per il Materiale
Montessoriî) that Maria Montessori produced the first materials. It is
no coincidence that Gonzagarredi is today one of only three companies
worldwide whose Montessori materials are approved by the
AMI (Association Montessori Internationale).
Today, our showroom still keeps the originals of the first materials
produced, as well as many other examples of the collaboration
between Maria Montessori and Gonzagarredi. The first traces of this
collaboration go back to the early twentieth century and to her
friendship with the Marchioness Maria Maraini Guerrieri
Gonzaga, who was among the first to endorse and support Maria
Montessoriís findings, and invited her to stay on several occasions
at Gonzaga. The first fruits of their sincere friendship and close cooperation
was the Carlo Guerrieri Gonzaga Children's House which
opened in 1908. It was during one of her frequent visits to Gonzaga
that Maria Montessori commissioned the creation of the first
Montessori products from Ernesto Bassoli, who later founded the
ìSociet‡ Anonima per Materiale Montessori (Montessori Materials
Limited)î, a company that would later become Gonzagarredi.
The fact that the first real name of our company included
ìMontessoriî in its title not only fills us with pride, but bears witness to
the unique and indissoluble Montessori roots of our company. All our
products have been built on the principles of Maria Montessori and
the company continues to develop those ideas. This is illustrated by
the fact that even after the death of Maria Montessori, the
Gonzagarredi company shared its designs with the leading experts
and most important Montessori associations throughout the world.
Like Giuliana Sorge, one of Maria Montessoriís disciples, Maria
Antonietta Paolini, another assistant and collaborator of Maria
Montessori for many years at the International Montessori Centre
in Perugia, Camillo Grazzini and Baiba Krumins, Directors of the AMI
courses held by the International Montessori Study Centre
Foundation in Bergamo, the Association Montessori Internationale,
the Opera Nazionale Montessori, and the Fondazione Chiaravalle
Although Maria Montessori, with her innovative ideas and love
of children made history not only in our country but across the
continent, Gonzagarredi is proud that it too has made and
continues to make contributions every day to this small but
important piece of history.
CERTIFICATION OF THE COMPANY
Gonzagarredi has an internal control system which consists of several procedures which ensure high quality levels at all levels of design, production and delivery. A team of skilled technicians is responsible for the quality of production, the purchase of raw materials, the working process, and the testing of the final products. This assures that all products meet the highest standards of design, quality, and safety. The company has obtained and maintains the Quality management system ISO 9001:2000, certified in July 2002 and the Environmental management system ISO 14001:2004 certified in July 2005.
CERTIFICATION OF THE PRODUCT
Gonzagarredi products are subjected to safety, strength and non-toxicity tests at authorized European laboratories to obtain quality certifications. These labs have some of the most rigorous quality and safety standards in the world. All production takes place in compliance with the highest of these industry standards. This includes non-toxic varnishes and paints, ultra-low formaldehyde content class E1, and fireproof materials (class 1 and 2).