Giancarlo Mattioli was born in Italy in 1933, and as a designer rose to considerable fame and acclaim during the 1950s and 60s. This was the time when anything was possible, war was behind us and man was about to embark on his greatest adventure yet, the boundless reaches of space. Mattioli captured the moment perfectly, in bright orange plastic with quite probably his most celebrated work, the Nesso Table Lamp. The Nesso went on to extraordinary success and is still made to exactly the same design to this day and is now part of the permanent collection at New York’s Museum of Modern Art and exhibited in other important museums around the world. Giancarlo continued to develop his work and won first prize at the Studio Artemide Domus competition in Milan in 1965 and in the late 1960s formed the Gruppo Architetti Urbanisti "Città Nuova" together with Pierluigi Cervellati, Umberto Maccaferri, Franco Morelli, Gianpaolo Mazzucato and Mario Zaffagnini.