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Ernesto Gismondi

Ernesto Gismondi, designer, founder and president of Artemide, has lit up ambiences from all over the world with his spectacular creations. He dreamed, experimented with light, always pushing forward the boundaries of innovation and technology. Among his greatest creations, his favorite, the Discovery collection of lamps, was awarded the Compasso d’Oro prize, acclaimed for its magical, surprisingly dramatic light effects.

Brilliant, ingenius and visionary, Ernesto Gismondi is one among the fathers and sapient innovators of Italian lighting.

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"Aerospace engineer, university lecturer and entrepreneur, in short: man of multifaceted talent." - Said the jury when Gismondi won the Compasso D’Oro (2018).
Born in Sanremo in 1931, he graduated in aerospace engineering at the Polytechnic of Milan and in 1959 he got another degree in missile engineering at the Scuola Superiore di Ingegneria of Rome. During the ‘60s he approached the lighting world and founded the Artemide S.a.s. Studio, later Artemide Group, with the designer Sergio Mazza. Moreover, he is among the creators of the “Memphis” Group, an avant-garde design movement. Under his sapient guide, Artemide became one of the most renowned companies of the world. The designer passed away on the 31st of December 2020.
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