The Faniuolo Company was founded in 1875 by Giovanni Faniuolo, but it seems the Knight's father already devoted himself to this. We all know since the last century the electricity was shaky, it is well known the first Faniuolo artistic lighting were simply made up by multicolour oil-burning lights creating drawings and choreographies before the church doors. However, in the early twentieth century, science and technology developments let Faniuolo pass to acetylene lighting (carbide lamps), while large sophisticated and spectacular ornamental metal structures worked both as ornament and as gas conductor to burn the little flames.
Documents maintained in the company historical archives show that in 1927 during the celebrations of the patron St. Nicholas of Bari, the first electric light gallery-shaped installations has been inaugurated at the beautiful Corso Cavour, offering an amazing show of lights and colours.
Later, Giovanni, Rocco and Francesco, his sons, inherited the company and put at the family's disposal their craftsmanship to sculpt and shape the wood (the light support), while empty parts of the artistic creations were enriched by handmade fully-sculpted sheets, thus creating a wonderful sparkling effect. In the '40s, the circle-layered pyramids that seemed vases with flowers brought an overwhelming success.
The Fifties are an important turning point in the Faniuolo's history. Rocco, left alone to run the business, kept on amazing and enthralling the crowded streets of the South Italy with the debut of neon decorative lights. This ongoing renewal allowed Faniuolo to extend its target market, not only throughout Apulia, but also to the surrounding regions.
In 1961 Giovanni, Rocco's son, took the control of the company, then, in 1971, he joined his brother Antonio Vito. In those years the two brothers acquired great skills and turned their lights in incredible works of art.
Since the Eighties, Faniuolo has had the chance at being known in the rest of Italy and beyond national borders: in Paris they set up a platform bandstand on the Seine; in Dublin they look after the coating for the inauguration of two bridges; Greece, on the occasion of the twinning of Thessaloniki with the Carnival of Venice; up to the present days, when Faniuolo illuminates the International Festival of Lights in Lyon (France) and Lille, the European Capital of Culture 2004.
At present, Rocco, Francesco, Massimo and Giovanni, Antonio Vito's sons, are the protagonists of the reconciliation of tradition and innovation. The core of the new way of thinking the lights is, in fact, the idea of eco-sustainability: the choice of wood (recyclable material) for the structures, goes with the LED lamps, to achieve the goal of maximum energy savings .