FontanaArte was founded by architect Gio Ponti in 1932. A leader in advanced Italian glass manufacturing and design, FontanaArte's works were first distinguished by artistic stained-glass windows, many of which remain a part of modern life (Duomo of Milan, Cathedral of Brasilia). Ponti realized the potential of this material and soon FontanaArte started to produce furniture, lamps and objects with glass as the main distinguishing feature.
Over the years, FontanaArte has collaborated with many architects and designers including Pietro Chiesa, Gae Aulenti, Pierluigi Cerri, Piero Castiglioni, Vico Magistretti, Vittorio Gregotti, Ettore Sottsass, Umberto Riva, Alvaro Siza and Renzo Piano, all of whom have contributed to the very high quality of design that is FontanaArte.
Denis Santachiara merges art and design in his work, dealing with the linguistic potential of design since 1975. His work has been shown at the Centre Pompidou, Louvre, Grand Palais in Paris, Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo, Chicago Athenaeum, Vitra Museum, Berlaghe Museum in Amsterdam, MoMa in New York and Museum of Design in Milan.
Denis Santachiara is the recipient of the Compasso d'oro, 1986, Good Design award of the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design, 1999 and Design World Prize, 2000. View other products by Denis Santachiara