Ernesto Gismondi is the founder, Chairman of Artemis Group.
It 'was born in Sanremo (IM) on December 25 1931. In 1957 she has obtained a degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the Polytechnic of Milan and in 1959 graduated in Missile Engineering at the School of Engineering in Rome.
Since the early '60 dedicated to the design and production of equipment for lighting, founded with the designer Sergio Mazza Studio Artemis Sas, from which will develop the Artemide Group. In both examples, the international designer, participating as one of the originators, in "Memphis", avant-garde movement that led to a profound change in the design sector in Italy and in the world and drawing different equipment successful for the Group.
Under his leadership, the Artemide Group sees in the years grow its market share and increase its international presence, becoming a major player in the lighting design, a role for which he won major awards such as the Compasso d ' Golden Career (1994) and the European Design Prize (1997). From the 1964 1984 was associate professor of motors for missiles at the Politecnico di Milano. It 'was vice president of ADI - Industrial Design Association and has held numerous positions within the Industrial Lombarda (Assolombarda), Federmeccanica, Confindustria, Ente Autonomo Fiera di Milano and at the Ministry for University and Research. It 'also a member of the Scientific Educational ISIA (Higher Institute for Industrial Arts / Industrial Design) in Florence, appointed by the Ministry of Education, the Board of Arbitrators of COSMIT (Organizing Committee of the Salone del Mobile in Milan ) and CNEL, upon the Presidency of the Republic. He has chaired and participated in many seminars in Italy and abroad, on the design and its development and energy saving lighting applied.
In 2008 he was awarded the Ernst & Young "Entrepreneur of the Year 2008" for the Innovation category, in addition to the prestigious appointment as Knight of Labor awarded by the President of the Republic Giorgio Napolitano. In 2009 he was awarded the Ernst & Young "Entrepreneur of the Year 2009" for the category Comunication.