Cleto Munari is the story of a sharp pencil that moves with elegance among the sketches and the drawings of friends, architects, designers, intellectuals, and tames them into a language that magically migrates from paper to matter. His diverse production and the multitude of significant experiences alongside illustrious personalities — Alessandro Mendini, Vico Magistretti, Mimmo Paladino, Gae Aulenti, Mario Bellini to name a few — characterize his artistic journey. From the design of the first object with his mentor Carlo Scarpa, followed by the encounter with Ettore Sottsass, his search for the uniqueness of things takes shape as the natural continuation of his search for beauty. «Here, in beauty, I find myself.» Cleto Munari’s contribution to jewel design brought him international recognition: his visionary talent found its highest expression in wearable micro-architectures that surpass the idea of traditional jewelry. His artifacts represent a “design of joy” that put together a dream and craft it into reality. Cleto Munari’s works are in the permanent collections of major museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and MoMA in New York. 

Cleto Munari’s tireless creative attitude reveals itself in a one-of-a-kind collection of objects which stand between art and design. Like a mosaic-like game of syllables where everyone is called to collaborate and find a syntax, each object expresses the complexity of creation. Color is fundamental, wisely unveiling the playful essence of Cleto Munari’s inventive gestures. «Color is much more than a “verb” for me, it is essence like form.» Cleto Munari gives life to a vision of pleasure and research: the object — imagined, conceived, realized — declares the ironic, unconventional approach of its author. «Design is an art of representing the world in forms. It is a translation of creative thinking into joy, geometry and color.» Cleto Munari expresses his creativity with essential lines and cheerful geometries that faithfully represent his character. He creates a diverse, eccentric production of artifacts in which the shape no longer follows the function but the joy. «The precious becomes very precious only if accompanied by a happy creativity.»