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Designer name: Poulton, Neil & Gismondi, Ernesto
  2009 -
Biography:
Neil Poulton (born 1963) is a Scottish product designer, based in Paris, France. He specializes in the design of 'deceptively simple-looking mass-produced objects' and has won numerous international design awards. Poulton is best known for his designs in the fields of technology and lighting design and is often associated with manufacturers LaCie, Artemide, Megalit and Atelier Sedap. In 2007 the Centre Georges Pompidou museum in Paris acquired six Poulton-designed objects for its Permanent Contemporary Collection. In 2008, Time magazine included Poulton in 'The Design 100 - The people and ideas behind today's most influential design'. Neil Poulton lives and works in Paris since 1991. 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.
Website: http://www.neilpoulton.com

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