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Leonardo Lospennato was born in Buenos Aires in '68-at the heart of an Italian family. He lives in Berlin, Germany, with his wife Andrea and with Tango, their black miniature schnauzer. Son of a manager and an artist, Leo became a bit of both when he started designing instruments and setting up a company to bring them to the market. Curious by nature and inspired by a Renaissance spirit, he became a computer engineer, pursued a masters degree in marketing and management, worked many years for companies like IBM and eBay on both sides of the Atlantic, and published articles as a journalist-all while adding English, Italian and German languages to his native Spanish along the way. Truth be told, the "Renaissance spirit" also shows up in the form of a shameless affair he maintains with Italian cuisine-a mix of heritage and hobby. But in the whole of this history, what remains a leitmotiv is his passion for the ancient art of creat-ing musical instruments, an infatuation that began when he put together his first bass, at 16. Creating something out of nothing. Searching for meaning. Chasing the utopia of perfection. Being a designer does not require much more than that. Nor anything less.