Marc Sadler was born in Austria. He is a French citizen and at present lives in Milan.
He graduated from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs (Paris) in 1968, at the end of the first “industrial design” course (it had the well-chosen definition of “esthétique industrielle”), a branch of learning that was already regarded as a separated branch of learning as to architecture.
Devoted from the start to the experimentation with plastic materials (subject of his degree thesis and of his personal curiosity) since the ‘70ies he brought to perfection the very first ski-boot in thermoplastic material, subsequently industrialized by the Italian firm Caber.
The way was opened towards a long and fruitful collaboration with Caber (afterwards known as Lotto), that led him to the patenting of the ski-boot with symmetric shell, the most successful ski-boot for several years all over the world. This represented the origin of his specialization as a “designer for sport sector”, that led him to the cooperation with the most important multinational sport Companies in the United States, Asia, Japan and Europe.
His professional path allowed him to mature a varied experience regarding both materials and manufacturing processes. The “source” from sports field, where research and experimentation on new materials and working technologies are more widely diffused, allowed him to export ideas and knowledge towards fields in which “design” (with a classical meaning) is deep-rooted for a long time.
Stateless in a broad sense (he lived and practiced his job in France, United States, Asia and Italy), toady he is (probably) temporarily settled in Milan. He constantly cooperates with very important firms in the fields of home furnishing, big and small household appliances, lighting, and of more technically advanced products as well, in addition to his collaborations in the field of sport.
Some of the awards he received through the years:
“Design Plus” (Frankfurt) – 1995;
“Compasso d’Oro” ADI (Milano) – 1995;
“Auszeichnung für Gutes Design” (Hannover) – 1996;
“Créateur de l’Année” (Paris) – 1997;
“Compasso d’Oro” ADI (Milano) – 2001;
“Design Plus” (Frankfurt) – 2001;
“Auszeichnung für Gutes Design” (Hannover) – 2007;
“Compasso d’Oro” ADI (Milano) – 2008.
“Segnalazione Compasso d’Oro “ ADI (Milano) – 2008.
His Motorcyclist’s Back Protector (designed for Dainese) is housed in the permanent collection of design at MOMA in New York and the lamp Mite (Foscarini) is part of the design collection of the Beaubourg in Paris.
In spite of his well deserved reputation as a technical designer, Marc Sadler is a very talented artist in drawing, painting and sculpture, sensitive and so much emotionally engaged as to consider painting as his most true passion, source of creative torments, and thus practised at an intimist level.