Marco Maran was born in Siena in 1963. His work with various companies has gained him considerable recognition as a designer. He has taken part in many national and international exhibitions: 1996 and 2002 one-man exhibitions in Vienna and Paris respectively; 2002/2003 Italian Design On Tour - the selection, certification and promotion of the best Italian products - with Ricciolina chair; 2003 "Dove la sedia incontra la materia" organised by Material ConneXion Milano with the design Zip and Carambola. His work has been rewarded with many international prizes and awards. Special mention at the 1994 Young & Design competition with the chair SinuÈ. Second prize at the 1996 Young & Design exhibition with the design Zip. 1997 Granddesign International Award with Chiacchiera. 1997 IIDA prize in the Product Design Achievement Awards with the Scoop chair. Special mention in the 1999 Young & Design competition with the Bla Bla Bla armchair. In 2003 he won the GOOD DESIGN Award of Chicago with the So Happy chair. First prize in 2004, with So Happy and Nuda & Cruda chairs to the idim in Montreal. In 2005 he won the Cata award for the most innovative and reliable chair with the X3 chair. In 2006 he won the GOOD DESIGN Award of Tokyo with Ricciolina and So Happy. Body to Body chair has been selected for ADI DESIGN INDEX 2006.