Baleri Italia was founded in 1984 as a company manufacturing quality furniture with a high design content by Enrico Baleri, a creative and cultured entrepreneur. This was a natural evolution of his activity of research and development in the design area, started at the end of the ‘60s.
The path towards a personal interpretation of the design process led to the creation of Baleri Italia, a company that since the beginning developed products with strong formal and functional qualities with the support of an innovative Research Department and a constant activity of talent-scouting. This activity brought to the discovery of new talents, the first being a young Philippe Starck, and added to the continuous technological experimentation that made Baleri Italia an innovator in materials and manufacturing techniques and product solutions. The design and manufacturing process is always ruled by the company’s philosophy that sets Man and his environment at the centre of the project and by the high technical qualities of the products that make them timeless objects, suitable for a multitude of environments. While collaborating with successful designers such as Alessandro Mendini, Angelo Mangiarotti and Denis Santachiara among the others, Baleri Italia has launched several new talents such as Philippe Starck, Hannes Wettstein and Luigi Baroli. At the same time many international prizes have been awarded: among them the Compasso d’Oro in1994 for Cartoons, since 2001 part of the permanent collection of MOMA NY, the nomination for Caprichair in 1994, Lisa chair in 2001 and the corporate image in 1987 and 2001.
In 2004 a partnership with Nino Cerruti was born with the objective of developing a new industrial project that could also benefit from his long and successful experience in the textile and fashion business. In a short time this process developed into the total takeover of the majority shares of Baleri Italia; a new managing group, the art direction of Federico Carandini and a renewed internal team, set the ground for a growth project based on the conservation of the cultural and production heritage of the company with a strong attention towards the needs of today’s and future society and markets. The formal innovation and talent-scouting activity continues as shown by the collections presented in Milan during the Salone del Mobile editions since 2005, where Baleri Italia introduces the work of young talents such as Jeff Miller, Arik Levy, Alberto Colzani, Xavier Lust as well as successful designers such as Ilse Crawford, Bruno Rainaldi, Marcel Wanders, Hannes Wettstein.
It is particularly important the introduction of the new textile collection, a vast project that could count on the experience and the direction of Nino Cerruti: it has been redefined, redesigned, enlarged in 2005 and it can now count on a large variety of wool, cotton, linen, technical materials, natural and synthetic leathers. Moreover it has been furtherly updated and improved in 2008.
Baleri Italia continues its role of innovator and nurtures an attentive and open relationship with all its partners, in order to foster growth both in the residential markets as well as the project field with the official launch of the Cerruti brand in the contract furniture and custom-made business areas.
During the 2008 edition of the Salone del Mobile in Milan, Baleri Italia introduces a new graphic identity, developed for the new catalogue and for the new web-site, two new families of products and, continuing the research started in 2004, two new projects of textile embroidery and surface decoration.