Itka Table Lamp with base
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Danese was founded in 1957 by Bruno Danese and Jacqueline Vodoz showing one-of-a-kind artistic production. A landmark meeting with Bruno Munari and Enzo Mari marked a step forward from the production of unique objects to serial production. Thus was born a new collection of home objects no longer addressed to a specific elite market. Danese became a real experimental laboratory for the concept and production of serial objects through the 1960s and 1970s.
Since 1999 Danese has found again its own leading role in the diversified universe of Italian design, addressing the challenges of contemporary perspectives as the relationships between human beings and objects change and evolve at a rapid rate. The immediate results are designs which allow a flexibility of usage and function. The widening of the Danese collection has allowed the company to become committed to ethical environmental practices. The practice of design and production at Danese has changed inside and out, aiming for continuous improvement to the intelligence as well as the poetic expression of new designs.
Born in Yamanashi Prefecture in 1956, Naoto Fukasawa graduated from Tama Art University in 1980. He went to the United States in 1989 and joined the San Francisco deign firm ID Two, the predecessor to IDEO, where he worked on a number of products related to Silicon Valley computing and electronics technology. In 1996, he returned to Japan to start and head up IDEO's Tokyo office. While acting as a design consultant to major Japanese companies, he also held design workshops - the without thought workshops - with young designers. During the first workshop, he came up with the design for the wall-mounted CD player, selected by MoMA (Museum of Modern Art) in New York for its permanent collection in 2004. As of 2005, he began concurrently acting as a professor at Musashino Art University, a visiting professor at Tama Art University and a special lecturer of interdisciplinary information studies at Tokyo University Graduate School.
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