- Location: Milano, Italy and online
- Website: shop.danesemilano.com
This Italian company has been around since the 1950s, and they sell some iconic designs that you'll probably recognize, including Enzo Mari's perpetual calendar and his 1963 apple print. Like many small Italian companies, its roots go back to the designer/manufacturer/retailer relationship.
The Italian retail system has a strong history of designer/manufacturer partnerships. Designers are paid in royalties and the system encourages companies to make substantial investments in design development.
Danese took off when it began collaborating with Enzo Mari and Bruno Munari in the sixties, and the company today continues its partnerships with designers, producing new work by Naoto Fukasawa, Paolo Rizzato, Matali Crasset, and others.
Their specialty is "artwork" for the office (calenders, prints, etc) as well as streamlined, colorful seating and storage. Here are a few of our picks:
• Formosa Wall Calendar by Enzo Mari, €128
• Librespiral Bookcase, €605
• Pin Up Magnetic Board by Paolo Rizzato, €166
• Amilo Chair by Naoto Fukasawa, €320
• Una Tavolo by Carlotta de Bevilacqua, €528
• AB Chair by Paolo Rizzato, €545
• Manali Bag by Andrea Anastasio, €81
• Miyako Sospensione 55 LED by Studio 63, €295
• Una, Le Mela Print by Enzo Mari, 1963, €220
• Smith Multipurpose Storage Unit by Jonathan Oliveres, €368
Danese maintains stores in Italy and has a dealer network around the world. In the US, you can buy Danese products through high-end retailers like Moss (NYC), Luminaire (Chicago and Miami), and InModern (Venice, CA), among other stores.