Giancarlo Piretti was born in Bologna in 1940. He attended the State Institute of Art in Bologna, where he obtained the title of Design Teacher. In 1960 he attended the Accademia di Belle Arti (Fine Arts Academy) of Bologna. Subsequently, for seven years, he was a teacher of Industrial Design at the State Institute of Art of Bologna. During the same period, for 12 years, he worked as interior designer for Anonima Castelli, designing their furniture lines for home, office and communities, for which he registered numerous industrial and mechanical invention patents. His best known projects include PLIA, a folding chair, PLATONE, a folding table, DSC (106-AXIS), a system of seats for communities and institutional spaces, and SISTEMA 61, a modular divans system.