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.
Marinella Patetta graduated in Architecture at the Politecnico Milano in 1986. After a Master in Lighting Design, Marinella, along with Claudio Valent set up the Metis Lighting Company in 1989. Metis deals exclusively with lighting design and the industrial design of lighting equipment, which allows them to create new light settings. In the last few years the professional activity has been accompanied by didactic activity and research at university level, at the Faculty of Industrial Design, Polytechnic of Milan.View other products by Marinella Patetta
Claudio Valent was born in Milan, Italy and after the degree in architecture and a lighting design master at the Polytechnic of Milan, he started working in 1986 with Piero Castiglioni. In 1990 he created Metis Lighting along with Marinella Patetta, which designs lighting installations as well as light fictures. Claudio Valent also teaches lighting design at the Polytechnic of Milan.View other products by Claudio Valent