Born in 1958 in Ascona, Switzerland, he lived and worked in Zurich. His main professional activities were in the fields of product design and interior architecture. He designed fashion and furniture showrooms, public spaces, hotels, installations, offices, both in Switzerland and abroad. He designed limited edition collections of furnishings and accessories for several Swiss companies. His projects include furniture, lamps, watches, eyeglasses, rugs, handles, bikes. His collaboration with Baleri Italia began in 1985; he designed several of the most successful products of the company. Hannes Wettstein died in July 2008 when he was only 50 years old.
Born in 1950 in Campagnola, Reggio Emilia, he started his activity in 1966 as a designer for the Centro Stile Fiat. He designs objects of high technology and artificial density, shown in personal and collective exhibitions, also at the Biennale di Venezia in 1980 and at the Grand Palais in Paris. He has organized many exhibitions, including “La Neomerce” at the Triennale in Milan in 1985 and at The Centre Pompidou in Paris. He has designed the installation “New Persona” for the Biennale of Florence 1996/97. He has been working with Baleri Italia since 1995 and his the author of some of the ironic and poetic projects of the company such as Mama, Tato and Celine.
Born in Paris in 1949. At the age of twenty he became the art director of Cardin. At the age of twenty-seven, after a period spent in the United States, he returned to Paris where he designed two nightclubs, Main Bleue and Bains Douches, as well as the Café Costes and the private apartment of President Mitterrand at the Elysée, becoming one of the most famous “new designers” on the international scene. He designed the École Nationale des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. Overseas, he designed the Kansai Yamamoto showroom in Sapporo, the Manin restaurant and the Café Mystique in Tokyo, the Royalton and Century Paramount hotels in New York and the Delano Hotel in Miami. He designs furniture, lamps, scales, televisions, clocks, suitcases, vases, kitchen utensils, scooters, handles. In 1984 he started working with Baleri Italia, one of the first company to industrialize his projects, launching him in the product design world.
Multi-skilled designer, Arik Levy is working on projects and prospective studies in industrial design, product development, light design, corporate identity, packaging, display and point of sales, flagship-stores interiors and exhibitions design as well as stage design for European and international markets. The products presented with Baleri Italia witness the creative development of Arik Levy in the accuracy of the shapes and the choice of the materials that conceive a strong scenographic visual effect.
After 5 years as vice president in Ecco Design, Jeff developes his own furniture and wares; many of which explore the inherent structural properties of manipulated materials, and aim to present big ideas from simple means. From this vision, the projects developed with Baleri Italia were born, simple products in the shape and lines with a high technical content from the material and processing point of view. Jeff has received numerous design awards and his works have been widely exhibited and published.
Born in Corbetta (MI) in 1951, after taking a degree in architecture at the Politecnico in Milan, he has worked, mainly in the field of interior design, although jewellery design is another major interest. He has developed the coordinated image for a chain of clothing stores. In 1994 he won the Compasso d’Oro award for the Cartoons screen, produced by Baleri Italia in 1992. He has been a collaborator of the company from 1990 to 2004, in charge of the art direction of the showroom in Milan, and the settings for the collection in occasion of events both in Italy and abroad. One of his latest projects for Baleri Italia, the innovative Marì chair and armchair, has soon become one of the company’s bestsellers.
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 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 centre which cooperates with cerruti baleri and other companies in product design and development.
Maison Margiela is a French fashion house founded in Paris in 1988 by Belgian designer Martin Margiela. Both masculine and feminine, oftentimes fusing the two genders, the brand’s universe can be described as conceptual and enigmatic, mysterious and iconoclast. Today, the House is recognized internationally for its unique approach to modern elegance. Since 2014, the Maison thrives under the guidance of Creative Director Mr. John Galliano. He reveals a new aesthetic, marrying his own poetic vision with the codes of the house of Margiela.
After initially studying Architecture,Maurizio Galante graduated in Fashion at l’Accademia di Costume e Moda in Rome, a work experience with Roberto Capucci, and has presented his Ready-to-Wear collections in Milan since 1987. He moved to France in the winter of 1993, where he was merited with participation in the Parisian Haute Couture calendar. In 2003 Maurizio Galante partnered with Tal Lancman to create the company Interware. He participates in numerous exhibitions, and his creations are presented in many of the world’s most renowned museums. Refuting all rigid categorizations and restrictive notions of “seasons”, Maurizio Galante’s creativity is expressed not only in Fashion, but also in Design; sophisticated, timeless, and personal, following the ease and simplicity of unbridled imagination. A true maitre d’oeuvre, he experiments with structures, surfaces, and forms, in an attempt to evoke new emotions.
Maurizio Galante + Tal Lancman
In 2003 Maurizio Galante teamed up with trend forecast analyst and designer Tal Lancman, to form Interware. Their crossover vision transverses the different design disciplines, from fashion to furniture, interiors, architecture and gardening. As the duo moves freely between disciplines, they revisit domains equipped with new understandings, insights and observations. The process results in a multi-faceted concept, with a subtle balance between the pragmatic and the irrational.Interware’s philosophy proposes a series of objects/companions; expressive, amusing, and thought-provoking designs, bestowing owners with their friendly presence. The team works on all elements of design and production, from trend research, to marketing, including definition of brand image, strategy, communication, packaging and presentation.