A founding father of Italian design, Dino Gavina (1922-2007) started his career in the 1940s on theatre stage sets — a place where he was to meet his creative mentor artist, the Lucio Fontana who introduced the young designer to fellow Italian creatives including Carlo Mollino, Marco Zanuso, and Pier Giacomo and Achille Castiglioni. Over a career spanning 55 years, the designer and entrepreneur launched legendary companies such as Flos, Gavina and Simon, and worked closely
with furniture and creative luminaries such as Carlo Scarpa, Marcel Breuer and the Castiglionis. Over the years, his work came to define what would become known as Italian Style, while his commitment to top quality, 'design art' and collaborations with a host of both leading and up-and-coming Italian designers all played a huge role in the building of the prestigious reputation that Italian design still enjoys today.
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