Ernesto Gismondi was born in 1931 and is the co-founder the of Artemide Group, the leading, internationally renowned lighting specialist. Unusually for the creator of an high-end, design conscious manufacturing company, his background is in engineering. In 1957 he gained a degree in Aeronautical Engineering at the Milan Polytechnic and in 1959 a further degree in Missile Engineering at the Professional School of Engineering in Rome. But in the early 60s he became involved in the design and production of lighting equipment, founding, with designer Sergio Mazza, Studio Artemide, from which the Artemide Group was eventually to develop. He became established as an international designer, and was actually a member of the so-called Memphis group, an Italian avant-garde design collaborative that brought about profound changes in the approach to product design the 80s. Over the years, under his guidance, the Artemide Group saw its market share grow and its international reach increase, making it one of the main players in the design lighting sector, a role that earned him important acknowledgements, including the coveted Compasso d'Oro Award for Career Achievements (1994) and the European Design Prize (1997). Intriguingly, from 1964-1984, he was associate professor of Rocket Engines for Missiles at the Milan Polytechnic. In recent years, he has held a number of prestigious positions in the world of Italian design and manufacture, culminating in his appointment by Giorgio Napolitano, the President of the Italian Republic, as "Cavaliere del Lavoro", an Italian decoration given to important figures in industry.
Giancarlo Fassina was born in 1935.
Diploma from the Higher Institute of Engineering, Freiburg Degree in Architecture, Polytechnic of Milan
Professional experience acquired with a company manufacturing calculating machines, and then a household appliance manufacturer.
1970 Joined Artemide with the task of structuring the technical design sector and, at the same time, organizing a department for the internal production of models and prototypes of the new products. Actively takes part in the definition of all Artemide's products and in particular works closely with Enzo Mari of the "Aggregate System" on design.
1983 Supervises the lighting plans for the Hayez exhibition at Palazzo Reale, Milan, for the "Design U.S.A." exhibition at the Sforzesco Castle and in the Aula Magna of the Academy of Brera.
1985 Works with the architect Marco Zanuso for the lighting of the new Teatro Fossati, Milan.
1986 Works with the architect Mario Bellini for the lighting on the Triennale exhibition of Milan for the exhibition "Il Progetto Domestico". With the architect Michele De Lucchi, designs the series of "Tolomeo" lamps for which he receives the "Golden Compass" award - ADI
1989 Over the past few years, he has worked on the design of a number of lamps belonging to the Artemide collection, including: Arcadia, the suspension lamp Tebe, Iole and Vesta for the Veart collection by Artemide and others for Litech such as the Trim system and Tessalo.
Giancarlo Fassina has also collaborated with designers Enzo Mari, Ernesto Gismondi, and Riccardo Blumer in the design and development of the following Artemide luminaires: