PROLIGHT, as the main distributor of Artemide products, feels very proud of the two important prizes awarded by ADI to Ernesto Gismondi and Artemide. Compasso d' Oro to the Career was assigned to the founding engineer of the company that he has been leading for 59 years, not only as an entrepreneur but also with intervention as designer, including Discovery, the innovative suspension, which was also awarded Compasso d' Oro 2018.
Ernesto Gismondi during his entrepreneurial career with Artemide, he has lead the productive, commercial and financial strategies without ever abandoning his passion for design and the "value of doing". Passion that over the years he has daily expressed not only in the direct relationship with designers and architects but also in the drawing of several successful products.
The award-winning Discovery is the expression of the best Italian design and interprets research, technological and material values that have always guided Ernesto Gismondi not only in the design but also in the company' s development.
Discovery is a totally absent and dematerialized element that acquires volume when it is turned on through a comfortable and perfect emission even for work spaces. Presented in 2015 in the suspended version and in 2016 in the wall version, today it is also available in three different vertically suspended dimensions. An even more magical and scenographic element, that is capable of interacting with the surrounding environment, framing perspectives, points of view or details thanks to its perfect transparency when switched off. It is a perfectly transversal and surprising solution in translating innovation into the emotion of light perception.
The Compasso d' Oro Awards Ceremony was held in Milan on 20 June at the Castello Sforzesco, in the Cortile dell Rocchetta.
Artemide already has in its historical path numerous awards from the Compasso d' Oro ADI Award, won by the company with numerous products: Eclisse (Vico Magistretti, 1967), Tolomeo (Michele De Lucchi and Giancarlo Fassina, 1989), Pipe (Herzog & De Meuron, 2004), Smith (Danese Milano collection, Jonathan Olivares, 2011) and IN-EI collection (Issey Miyake, 2014).