Danese was founded in the late 1950's by Bruno Danese and Jacqueline Vodoz as a small workshop. Enzo Mari was born in Novara, Italy where he studied classics and literature at the Academia di Brera in Milan from 1952 to 1956. In a period when Italian design was flourishing as enlightened industrialists collaborated closely with designers to rebuild their businesses, he also became interested in design and painstakingly taught himself about it. His first project for Danese was 16 Animali, or 16 Animals, launched in 1957. His designs are influenced by the idealism of the arts and crafts movement and his political views on communism. He is known for saying “Form is everything” and “Design is dead”. Mari’s simple designs are aesthetically pleasing, but still manage to keep a controversial character. He has multiple displays of work in the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Enzo Mari’s fresh, minimalistic outlook on design keeps us all entertained and waiting to see what he will create next.