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Denis Santachiara

Denis Santachiara specializes in quirky concept furnishings and lighting solutions. His work has appeared in international galleries and exhibitions, including the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, the Biennale di Venezia 1980, the National Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo, Documenta 8 Kassel, Vitra Design Museum, the Triennale Milan 1982-2004 and the Chicago Athenaeum. Santachiara is also a respected teacher, giving seminars at institutions such as the Royal College of London and Cambridge University in Boston. He has collaborated with industrial brands to create scenography for Bang Olufsen and radios for Panasonic's National line of electronics. For his visionary outsider work, Santachiara has received numerous industry accolades. He was awarded the Compasso d’Oro in 1986 and the Good Design Award from the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design in 1999. He was also recognized by Design World in 2000. His nonconformist designs feature unusual shapes, unexpected angles and bright colors anchored by a futuristic, thoughtfully subversive aesthetic. Among his most notable creations are his industrial-influenced pendant lights, egg- and bagel-shaped chairs and glass-and-nickel dining tables.