Ico Parisi was an Italian architect and designer. Born Domenico Parisi in 1916 in Palermo, he was involved in building construction and architecture in Como during his early adulthood. By the 1940s, Parisi took up filmmaking and began designing furniture in 1945, for which he would become most renowned. His designs are characterized by their Italian mid-century Modern aesthetic, constructed using soft woods often cut into boomerang-like shapes, augmented by metal slats and boldly colored upholstery. His most prolific period was the two decades that preceded 1965, when he married and formed a design team with his wife, Luisa Aiani, in 1948. He studied architecture between 1949–1952 under alberto Sartoris at the Institute Atheneum in Lausanne, Switzerland, and became a member of the “Associazione per il Disegno Industriale” in 1956. Parisi died in 1996.
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Gino Sarfatti (born September 16 1912, Venice, Italy–died March 6, 1985, Griante, Italy) was an Italian entrepreneur, light and lamp designer, and founder of Italian light manufacturing company Arteluce. He was born into a family of relative wealth as his father, Riccardo Sarfatti, was a prosperous Jewish food trader, and his mother, Lucia Zuccoli, was from a prominent Catholic family of Trieste. In 1930, Gino moved to Genoa to enroll in the Faculty of Aeronaval Engineering. At 23, Gino Sarfatti interrupted his studies and moved to Milan, where he first founded, in 1936, in partnership with Aldo Valcarenghi and Dino Mondolfi, Lumen lighting company. Three years later, Sarfatti decided to split and founded the light manufacturing company Arteluce in February 1939; which became the enabler of his creative brilliance.