1972Lino Dainese founds Dainese "Motorcycle suits" in Molvena (Vicenza).
1979Dainese invents and patents the first back protector
1995Dainese back protectors and armour are adopted by Alpine Ski and Downhill Mountain Bike athletes.
1996Dainese moves into helmets with the acquisition of Mavet and launches the integrated design vision "Safety from head to toe" for motorcycle rider protection systems.
2000Dainese presents the first prototype of the D-air® airbag for protecting motorcyclists.
2007Dainese acquires the legendary Italian motorcycle helmet manufacturer AGV, and a few years later presents the AGV Standards, a method that revolutionised helmet design.
2007Dainese partners with Professor Dava Newman and Space Architect Guillermo Trotti to design the Biosuit®, a space suit that applies pressure to the astronaut's body without limiting their freedom of movement.
2011D-air® launches on the international market in Racing and Street versions for use on the track and road respectively.
2012Dainese presents D-air® Ski, the airbag for Alpine Ski athletes, at Kitzbühel. D-air® Ski is subsequently adopted by the Austrian, Swiss and Italian Federations amongst many others.
2015D-Air Lab is founded with Lino Dainese holding 75% of the share capital and Dainese Spa holding the remaining 25%.
2018D-Air Lab delivers the first prototypes of WorkAir, the airbag for protecting workers, to ENEL
Where we come from
The first model designed, patented and manufactured by Dainese was called the Back Protector and featured a design inspired by animal shells in nature to enable riders to race in greater safety.
Dainese back protectors are now in their sixth generation and widely adopted by motorcyclists, racers and athletes around the world.
"If every motorcyclist wore a back protector, there would be a 60% reduction in serious spinal injuries."
Istituto Superiore di Sanità (Italy), 11 November 2014
"Safety from head to toe" is a design vision in which motorcycle clothing is no longer seen as a random collection of individually-designed components, but instead becomes an organic system in which every part has been designed and manufactured taking the ergonomic, functional and aerodynamic factors that link it to the others into account.
The goal of this project took Dainese into helmets, which it began designing and manufacturing with the acquisition of Mavet.
La “Sicurezza dalla testa ai piedi” è una visione progettuale in cui l’abbigliamento del motociclista non è più la semplice aggregazione di componenti concepiti separatamente, ma diventa un sistema organico, in cui ogni parte è progettata e prodotta tenendo conto dei rapporti ergonomici, funzionali e aerodinamici che la legano alle altre.
Nel quadro di questo progetto, la Dainese entra nel mondo dei caschi che inizia a progettare e produrre con l’acquisizione della Mavet.
One of the most important aspects of this innovative method turned the design logic that had dominated for many years on its head. This traditional method designed "from the outside in", following a process that first decided upon the shape and volume of the outer shell and only then proceeded to consider the internal materials. AGV literally turned this logic on its head, designing and building the helmet around the wearer's head, from the various inner layers through to the outer shell.
Finite Element Method (FEM) analysis, which simulates all the crash tests on a computer, makes it possible to carry out a large number of tests to optimise the helmet structure.
The AGV Standards method thus enables one to achieve advances that were previously considered incompatible, creating helmets that are not only more protective but also lighter, that provide increased ventilation but are also quieter, and that are more comfortable but simultaneously less bulky, more ergonomic and offer greater visibility.
The project aimed to make the suits that astronauts use for extravehicular activities simpler to put on and less tiring to use than those currently adopted, which apply pressure to the body using pressurised air, making movement difficult and energy-intensive.
The Biosuit aims to use Arthur Iberall's work between 1950 and 1970, together with Professor Newman's subsequent development of it, to apply mechanical pressure instead of pneumatic pressure, doing so on what are known as “lines of non extension” - lines on the human body where pressure can be applied without limiting movement. The Biosuit design uses these to create a suit for extravehicular activities that is less stiff and bulky than current designs since it no longer needs to contain pressurised air. This would greatly improve suit ergonomics, making astronauts’ work much less tiring.
D-air® was the first motorcycle airbag triggered using an all-electronic system (without any physical connections to the motorbike), capable of offering complete protection in the most violent accidents in just 45 milliseconds and reducing the impact forces transferred to the protected areas by up to 85%. D-air® is widely used in motorcycle racing today, where it has in certain cases become compulsory.
The DAR, the Dainese ARchive, tells the 50-year history of Dainese, showing visitors the ideas, technologies, people and innovations that took Dainese to become a leader in its sector.
Rich in that experience, D-Air Lab is embarking on a new journey, the first steps in which have already been taken while the final destination is still unknown.
THE PEOPLE WHO MAKE IT ALL HAPPEN
At D-Air Lab, we believe people are the real driver of innovation and the greatest asset of our company: entrepreneurs, technicians, engineers and designers who brainstorm and share expertise and experience to find dependable and sustainable answers to the human body’s need for protection.
They are the assets that create the projects and products that D-Air Lab offers, constantly aware that their users will be people first and clients second.
USED BY FRIENDS
It’s better to think of the consumer as a “friend” than a “target”.
Luca De Biase
Designing protective equipment means promising greater safety, an increasingly important aspect of people’s lives. That’s why D-Air Lab commits itself to designing and seeing its projects through to completion with a strong sense of responsibility, viewing the people who will use them as friends whose trust should always be honoured.
For D-Air Lab, that means making our expertise and technologies available through quality products that deliver what they promise to every friend who wants greater protection, and doing so at an accessible price.