Santillo Francesco= Born in 1967, in Rome, Italy. Graduated from IAAD(Institued of Applied Arts and Design) in 1989 and started off his career in an associated company of Italdesign Giugiaro in the same year. In 1991, he then transferred himself to Italdesign Giugiaro. After he had his career at Piaggio & C. S.p.A. in 1994,he went back to Italdesign Giugiaro in 1995, then moved to Mercedes Benz in 1998. The biggest change was in 1999 where he was hired by Toyota which became a stepping stone for him to come back to Japan. In 2004, he transferred to Honda R& D Co.,Ltd and finally in 2007 Santillo has established his own company, Neptune Design Co.,Ltd. With cars, motorcycles, and bicycles in its front line, the company receives various designs and consulting projects.
I was fortunate to work along side with Guigiaro not long after I join the company.It was my biggest dream working with Guigiaro and the extra token was we worked together to design a Maserati.Maserati3200 GT was front line products after Ferarri took over Fiat. A new Maserati. Even the car manufacture worked hard on this.It was really an exciting project.
That was when I realize that a car designer need the experience in car manufacturing too….Learn more