Michele Caniato is a man with not just one impressive job, he has two. In 2001, he co-founded and became president of Culture + Commerce, a design consultancy that partners renowned designers with major companies to help make design more accessible to the masses. Remember when Philippe Starck took Target by storm? We have Caniato to thank for that inaugural deal. At the same time, he was working with Material ConneXion, the leading worldwide materials library for which he eventually became president of in 2008. Both companies were acquired by SANDOW in 2011, with Caniato still president of both, and he continues to broker deals that run the gamut – from consumer products to hospitality design and interior design. With no signs of him slowing down, let’s take a look at what this game changer chose for this week’s Friday Five.
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