- Sergio Savarese
Sergio Savarese (born 1958 in
Naples, Italy— died September 15, 2006in Moffat County, Colorado) was a furniture designer and a founder of Dialogicafurniture stores.
Savarese had studied to be a
geologist. He went to Africaand spent seven years doing soil analysis to help farmers determine which crops to plant.
His career as a designer happened by accident. After Savarese returned to
Italy, he designed a folding stool. Once those went into production, he began designing other pieces.
Savarese met his wife, Monique, at
Milan's Domus Academy. The two were married in 1987, and together they began to design contemporary furniture distinct from the spare or historical aesthetics popular in the late 1980s. Savarese and his wife designed pieces that reinterpreted classical styles and used vibrant colors.
The couple's designs were praised at the first
International Contemporary Furniture Fairin New York City. They began producing furniture at a factory in The Bronxand opened a retail store on Broome Street in Manhattan's SoHoneighborhood.
That store, Dialogica, was one of the first retailers in SoHo to feature contmporary furniture designs. The store later expanded to
Savarese, a pilot, was killed in the crash of a single-engine plane in
Colorado. Ivan Luini, founder of Kartell U.S. Inc. and a friend of Savarese, also died in the crash.
* Graustark, Barbara. (2006, September 18). "Sergio Savarese, 48, Shaper Of Contemporary Furniture". The New York Times, p. A27
* [http://www.kmpfurniture.com contemporary furniture]
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