La Danese Italian domestic goods manufacturer

Itka table lamp, 1986 for Danese designed by Naoto Fukasawa
Itka table lamp, 1986 for Danese designed by Naoto Fukasawa

La Danese was founded in Milan by Bruno Danese and Jacqueline Vodoz. The company specialised in editing, designing, and marketing well‐designed everyday products with a modern aesthetic. There were three significant focus areas: domestic and office products, artistic editions, and children’s games and creative play stimuli. 

Formosa wall calendar for Danese
Formosa wall calendar for Danese

Designers employed

The company employed many well‐known avant‐garde designers, including Enzo Mari and Bruno Munari (responsible for much of its output), Achille Castiglione, and Angelo Mangiarotti. 

Works

Danese produced items in ceramics, woods, glass, plastic and children’s’ games. Amongst the most celebrated Danese products were; 

  • Munari’s melamine Cube Ashtray (1957)
  • Mari’s aluminium and PVC Formosa desk calendar (1963). 
  • Triangular lamp (1961)
  • Set of Hemispherical bowls (1969)
Tongareva Bowl 1969 designed by Enzo Mari for Danese
Tongareva Bowl 1969 designed by Enzo Mari for Danese
White Cubo Ashtray by Bruno Munari for Danese Milano, circa 1957, Midcentury (1stdibs)
White Cubo Ashtray by Bruno Munari for Danese Milano, circa 1957, Midcentury (1stdibs)
Canarie Desk Set for Danese 1958 designed by Bruno Manari
Canarie Desk Set for Danese 1958 designed by Bruno Manari

Exhibitions

The company’s history was celebrated in a 1988–9 travelling exhibition entitled Objects Danesi: profil d’une collection. Danese was sold to the French company Strafor/Facom in 1992, was acquired by Carlotta de Bevilacqua in 1999 and is now part of the Artemide group which caters for a sophisticated metropolitan clientele.

Sources

Byars, M., & Riley, T. (2004). The design encyclopedia. Laurence King Publishing.

Woodham, J. Danese. In A Dictionary of Modern Design. : Oxford University Press. Retrieved 25 Jan. 2021, from https://www-oxfordreference-com.ezproxy.csu.edu.au/view/10.1093/acref/9780191762963.001.0001/acref-9780191762963-e-206.

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