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(established 1957)

Founded in Milan by Bruno Danese and Jacqueline Vodoz, the company specialized in editing, designing, and marketing well‐designed everyday products with a modern aesthetic. There were three major areas of focus: domestic and office products, artistic editions, and children's games and stimuli for creative play. The company employed many well‐known avant‐garde designers, including Enzo Mari and Bruno Munari (who were responsible for much of the company's output), Achille Castiglione, and Angelo Mangiarotti. Amongst the most celebrated Danese products were Munari's melamine Cube Ashtray (1957) and Mari's aluminium and PVC Formosa desk calendar (1963). The history of the company was celebrated in a 1988–9 travelling exhibition entitled Objects Danesi: profil d'une collection. Danese was sold to the French company Strafor/Facom in 1992, was acquired by Carlotta de Bevilacqua in 1999 and is now part of the Artemide group which caters for a sophisticated metropolitan clientele.

Subjects: Industrial and Commercial Art.


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