Denis Santachiara

Campagnola (Italy), 1950
He launched his career in 1980 and was instantly attracted by the poetic-linguistic potential of the artificial world and new technology, and by the aesthetic processes that they could generate in an industrial context.
He has produced works on the border between art and design, which were exhibited at the Venice Biennale, at documenta 8 in Kassel, at the Milan Triennale and the Rome Quadriennale.
He has curated numerous exhibitions, including “La Neomerce” (1984) at the Milan Triennale and at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, and “I Segni dell'Habitat” (1986) presented at the Grand Palais in Paris and at the Berlage Museum in Amsterdam. He also looked after the layout for the exhibition “New Persona” for the Florence Biennale, between 1996 and 1997.
As an architect and interior designer, he designed - between 1988 and 1992 - the interiors of the Charterhouse of Avignon for the French Ministry of Culture and the Museum of Magic in Blois. In 1993, he designed the furnishings for the square of Toyama, Japan and in 1994-95 the interiors of the Art’otel in Dresden.
As a product designer, he has worked and works with famous international design companies. For FontanaArte, he designed the Aurea hanging lamp in 2005.
He has received numerous awards and accolades, including the Compasso d’oro (1986), the Good Design Award from the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design (1999), and Design World (2000).