The Danese Milano Story
In 1957, Danese Milano began as a rather informal collaboration between designer Bruno Danese, photographer Jacqueline Vodoz and other young Milanese artisans. A year later, Danese met with well-known designers Bruno Munari and Enzo Mari, effectively starting the transition from small local craftworks to large international design stuido. And so Danese Milano was introduced to the world as a maker of fine modern home furnishings, accessories and lighting. A creative downturn in the '90s was quickly reversed when designer Carlotta de Bevilacqua took over the administrative and creative control of Danese Milano in 1999.
Why We Love Danese Milano
Danese Milano takes its role as a premium Italian designer very seriously: "Our main objective is to provide practical, functional and high-quality furnishings and lighting to meet the ever-changing home and work needs of our customers. At the same time, we want to prevent our products, throughout their life-cycle, from negatively impacting the environment. Conversely, we want to contribute to the safeguarding of our planet thanks to the intrinsically good properties of our products." That's why Danese Milano designs are responsibly made and distributed, with clean, contemporary forms that make them useful and appealing for a very long time.
A Fun Fact About Danese Milano
Vodoz and Danese kept at least one copy of every product they commissioned, as well as a plethora of other art and design pieces. Based in Milan, the Jacqueline Vodoz & Bruno Danese Foundation was created to showcase all these pieces. The Art section includes modern/contemporary and ethnic art collections, while the Design section includes Danese and Meneguzzo historical archives from 1955-1957, Danese Milano archives from 1957-1991 and photography by Vodoz and others.
Noteworthy Products from Danese Milano
The Sedici Animali puzzle was one of the first pieces that Danese Milano ever made. Designed in 1957 by Enzo Mari, it includes 16 oak animals that can be fitted together as a 2-D puzzle or in a vertical stack. A couple of years later, Mari designed the Calendario Bilancia Perpetual Calendar (1959). It features days of the week, numbers (1-31) and months printed on horizontally adjustable strips of walnut, ramin, beech and maple wood.