Marc Sadler

Marc Sadler is a designer and citizen of the world. Born in Austria, he has lived and worked in France, the United States, Asia and Italy. He currently lives in Milan, working as a consultant for companies in the fields of home furnishings, household appliances, lighting and sports. Constant experimentation with plastics, inspired by a passion for challenges and a strong curiosity, has always been at the centre of his research. At the beginning of the seventies, he perfect the first ski-boot in thermo plastic material completely recyclable, subsequently commercialised by the Italian firm Caber (later known as Lotto). He quickly gains the responsibility of the entire collections and starts a long and fruitful collaboration which led to the patenting of the ski-boot with a symmetric shell, which was for many years the most widely-sold ski-boot in the world. This is the origin of his specialisation as a sports designer, which led to close collaboration with the most important multinational sport companies in the United States, Asia, and Europe, both in the sport shoes and in other sport fields: ski, tennis raquets, golf clubs, etc. Working in this sector, which has often pioneered research into new materials and techniques, provided the experience to enable him to bring innovation to more traditional areas where is set a concept of design as pure aesthetic shape. Awarded 4 times with the Compasso d’Oro ADI (Industrial Design association) for the lamps Drop (Flos, 1994), Tite and Mite (Foscarini, 2001), the bookshelf Big(Caimi Brevetti, 2008) and the gelato display case Bellevue with Panorama technology (IFI, 2014), his work has won many international design awards over the years. His motorcyclist’s back protector designed for Dainese is now housed in the permanent collection of design at the MOMA in New York and the lamp Mite (Foscarini) is part of the design collection of the Beaubourg in Paris. Despite his reputation as a technical designer, Marc Sadler has a strong feeling for painting and drawing, finding it so emotionally absorbing as to consider it his real passion.

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