Mingardo Ilario founded Mingardo Blacksmith Workshop in 1970, after over twenty years of experience in the metal processing field. The production was initially focused on simple blacksmith work for the construction industry. With perfection over time, production focused on more refined items, enabling the company to collaborate with internationally renowned companies and architects: from the first collaborations with architect Carlo Scarpa to the more recent commissions for Museo del Novecento in Milan, Parco della Musica in Florence, and Teatro Petruzzelli in Bari.
In 2013, at only 25, Ilario’s son Daniele launched his own brand, Mingardo, in order to combine his passion for craftsmanship with his love for design. Daniele made his debut as an independent manufacturer of hand-made and numbered design objects during the Milan Design Week. The decision to create his own brand as a manufacturer comes from the desire to overcome the business model of traditional craft by developing an innovative business project able to transfer artisanal skills to contemporary metal objects designed by emerging and established designers.