Architect Gio Ponti founded FontanaArte in 1932 as an artistic division of the Luigi Fontana Company. Historically, the company has been a leader in advanced glass manufacturing and design. The company's works were first distinguished by its realization of artistic stained-glass windows, many of which are today still functional elements and ornamental features of churches and cathedrals, among them the Duomo of Milan and the Cathedral of Brasilia. By using glass, Ponti realized what an enormous potential this material could offer in the in the making of furnishing complements for interiors, and he started to design and produce furniture, lamps and objects with glass as the main distinguishing feature. Soon a new collection was ready to be marketed, and his new design concept was being used as a complement to the interior decoration of many houses that he personally designed. Over the years, FontanaArte has had many contributors to its designs, including Pietro Chiesa, Gae Aulenti, Pierluigi Cerri, Piero Castiglioni, Vico Magistretti, Vittorio Gregotti, Ettore Sottsass, Umberto Riva, Alvaro Siza and Renzo Piano.
Denis Santachiara was born on May 4th, 1950 in Campagnola, Reggio Emilia, Italy. He began his career in 1980 by focusing on linguistic and poetic potential in the artificial world. He has experiemented with new technologies in the industrial process to obtain new aestetic values. He has created works that have been displayed at different events, including: the Venice Biennial, Documenta 8 Kassel, Milan Triennial '82-'84-'86, Rome Quadrennial 1999. His objects are exhibited in the following museums: MOMA in New York, Musée des Arts Decoratifs at the Louvre in Paris, National Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo, Lyon Museum, Frankfurt Museum, Philadelphia Museum, Vitra Museum. In 1999, he was awarded the Good Design Award by the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design and in April 2000, he was awarded the Design World prize. He continues to work with Italian and international companies in Milan.View other products by Denis Santachiara