Italian designer Sergio Asti (1926) studied art and architecture at the Politecnico di Milano from 1947 to 1953, after which he worked independently as a designer in his studio in Milan. He designed a wide variety of objects, including furniture, glassware, interiors and electrical appliances for Brionvega, Poltronova, Knoll International, Venini and Kartell. He often experimented with plastic, which he used amongst others for a series of door handles. In the late 1950s he started a series of lamps made of acrylic resin for Kartell. In 1955, 1956, 1959, 1962 and 1970 he received the Compasso d'Oro prize for his innovative designs that are characteristic for post-war Italian design.