Born in Bergamo, Italy, Enrico Baleri made his first mark on the design world as a creative entrepreneur in 1965. He left his formal education behind to open the Bergamo Baleri Designers, a furniture house that celebrated works from avant-garde designers. He went on to establish Pluri in 1968, an experimental design center. While at Pluri he collaborated with Flos to design lighting fixtures, as well as Gavina and Knoll International (designing tables for both). In 1979 he moved on tofounding Alias where Baleri served as the artistic director for 4 years. A constant advocate for designers, he developed Baleri Italia in 1984, a publishing company that highlighted the collections of up and coming furniture designers, including that of Philippe Starck and Hans Hollein. In 2004, Baleri developed the Enrico Baleri Research Center in collaboration with Marilisa Baleri Decimo and Luigi Baroli. His legacy continues to bring modern design to the forefront of the public eye.