French citizen born in Austria, Marc Sadler currently lives in Milan.
One of the first graduates in “esthétique industrielle” at the ENSAD in Paris with a thesis on plastics, he was a pioneer in experimentation on the different materials and contamination between technologies, which have become distinctive aspects of his work. A man of the world (having lived and worked in Europe, North America and Asia) and eclectic designer, today he is a consultant for a variety of companies such as lighting, furnishing, large and small household appliances, sport and of other technical sectors.
At the beginning of the seventies, he perfect the first ski-boot in thermo plastic material completely recyclable, subsequently commercialized by the Italian firm Caber (owned by the Caberlotto family which later will establish Lotto). He quickly gains the responsibility of the entire collections and starts a long and fruitful collaboration which led to the patenting of the ski-boot with a symmetric shell, which was for many years the most widely-sold ski-boot in the world.
This is the origin of his specialization as a sports designer, which led to close collaboration with the most important multinational sport companies in the United States, Asia, and Europe, both in the sport shoes and in other sport fields: ski, tennis rackets, golf clubs, etc. Working in this sector, which has often pioneered research into new materials and techniques, provided the experience to enable him to bring innovation to more traditional areas where is set a concept of design as pure aesthetic shape.
Awarded 4 times with the Compasso d’Oro ADI, as well as 2 Honorable Mentions and 2 Selections, his work has won many international design awards over the years. His motorcyclist’s back protector designed for Dainese is now housed in the permanent collection of design at the MOMA in New York.
Despite his reputation as a technical designer, Marc Sadler has a strong feeling for painting and drawing, finding it so emotionally absorbing as to consider it his real passion.