Born in Campagnola near Reggio Emilia in 1950, Denis Santachiara started his career as a designer at the Fiat Style Centre in 1966. He makes hi-tech designer objects of great artistic density that he displays in solo and group shows in such prestigious locations as the 1980 Venice Biennale and the Grand Palais in Paris. The numerous exhibitions that he has organized include “La Neomerce” at the Triennale in Milan in 1985 and the Pompidou Centre in Paris. He also curated the “New Persona” display for the 1996/97 Florence Biennale. Santachiara has worked with Baleri Italia since 1995 and he is behind hugely successful ironic and poetic projects such as Mama, Tato, and Celine.
Born in Albino (BG) in 1942. In 1965, following a suggestion of Dino Gavina, he opens a furniture showroom in Bergamo. Founder member of the design research group Pluri, established in Milan in 1968, he sets up Alias in 1979, of which is art director until 1983. He designs furniture, lighting, and objects for Gavina, Flos, Knoll, and Alias. In 1984, together with Marilisa Decimo, establishes Baleri Italia, working with international designers such as Hollein, Mendini, Starck, Dalisi, and Wettstein. From 1989 to 1992, he is president of the Casa Malaparte Association, to promote the conservation of this modern movement building on the island of Capri. In 1994 he sets up the Comitato Italiano Aalto/Viipuri to raise funds to restore the library building in Viipuri, Aalto’s masterpiece in Russian territory. In 2004 he creates eb&c, with Marilisa Baleri Decimo and Luigi Baroli, a research center that cooperates with Cerruti Baleri and other companies in product design and development.