Cleto Munari Design Associates, founded in 1972, has always had as its primary objective, the research of image, form and style through the study and avant-garde of design. The meeting of Cleto Munari with Carlo Scarpa ignited the search and experimentation in the field of the artisan handicraft using gold and silver, arriving at the creation, in 1978, of the well-known cutlery line.
By the end of the seventies an exclusive collection of silver pieces was created, designed by noted architects and designers and produced in limited numbers, today visible in art galleries and museums all over the world. Among these authors: Mario Bellini, Mario Botta , Michele De Lucchi, Ettore Sottsass, Carlo Scarpa, Vico Magistretti, Paolo Portoghesi , Angelo Mangiarotti, Roberto Sambonet, Marco Zanuso, Hans Hollein.
In 1980 the creation of a collection of jewelry in gold and precious stones began which was present for ten years in international museums and art galleries, giving life to a traveling show which concluded at the Castel Sant'Angelo in Rome on the occasion of the first opening to the public of that exposition space.
In 1984, Cleto Munari Design Associates launched an innovative collection of watches designed by M. Graves, A. Isozaki, H. Hollein and E. Sottsass , today part of the permanent collection of the Metropolitan Museum of New York.
In 1990, Alessandro Munari, engineer, but with a lifetime passion for design, inaugurated headquarters in the province of Padua for the production of objects in silver for daily use, distributed in Italy in over 400 jewelry and silver shops. This collection, constantly updated with novelty products, today is made up of a wide range of notable articles.
In 2002, keen interest in exploring new horizons in the design world moved Cleto Munari Design Associates to invest in a glasswork factory in Murano Venice, the beginning of an innovative experience in the area of glass-making. Once again international designers and artists were invited to improvise with this magical material.
In 2004, the creation of a unique collection of five fountain pens designed by A. Mendini, O. Tusquets, A. Siza, Toyo Ito e Cleto Munari , each one dedicated to five Nobel Prize winners in Literature, adding yet another dimension to the already varied world of the company.
At the end of this 30-year road, Cleto Munari Design Associates has most recently concentrated in the creation of a furniture line presented in 2008, named the "Alessandro Mendini and Cleto Munari 2008 Collection".
The colourful varnished wood furniture, sculptures in silver and carpets in wool, already presented in numerous international exhibitions, are today in a show dedicated to the architect, Alessandro Mendini, at the Ara Pacis Museum in Rome.
Complementing this new project will be the Table-Sculpture Collection produced in a series of nine examples and designed by Cleto Munari, Mimmo Paladino, Sandro Chia, Mario Botta , Alessandro Mendini, Lawrence Ferlinghetti e Mark Strand.
Among other future projects: the personal collection of Sandro Chia for the Biennale Exhibition in Venice 2009; a furniture line created in collaboration with such architects as Marcello Morandini e Giorgio Cattaneo.