Ernesto Gismondi is the founder of the internationally renowned lighting manufacturer Artemide. Gismondi is an international designer and has prominent designs known in Italy and globally.
He began his career after gaining an Aeronautical Engineering degree at the Milan Polytechnic and further with his Missile Engineering degree at the Professional School of Engineering in Rome. His focus on the exploration of lighting materials and appliances. Gismondi was part of the design and inventor of “Memphis” - an avant-garde movement, revolutionising Italian design.
He has also gained international recognition for his work, gaining the Compasso d’Oro Award for Career achievements (1994) and the European Design Prize (1997). Also, in 2008 he was awarded the Ernst & Young Prize “Entrepreneur of the Year” for Innovation Category.