Giancarlo Piretti, born in Bologna, Italy, in 1940 studied at the Art Institute and the Academy of Fine Arts, both in Bologna, before teaching interior design at the Art Institute from 1963 until 1970. In the 1960s he joined Italian design company Castelli as an interior designer of residential and office furnishings. During his 12 years at Castelli, Piretti obtained numerous patents, most of which were chairs, and helped to establish the company’s international reputation in furniture design. From 1984 to 1986 Piretti worked for Castilia, specializing in residential furniture characterized by functional and aesthetic systems. The Plia Chair garnered numerous awards and is his most well-known design. Piretti still lives and works in Bologna with his son, designer Alessandro Piretti.