Cari Zalloni (1937-2012) was born in Greece, as the son of a Greek-Italian father and an Austrian mother. He first lived in Greece and moved to Vienna with his mother after the death of his father in 1947. He started his studies in chemistry, but then went to the Universität für Angewandte Kunst (University of Applied Arts) under Professor Oswald Haerdtl.
He started his career as designer in 1960. He first designed furniture in Siena, Italy, and after two years went to Germany to work as an independent designer. He designed various series for the Glashütte Maximiliansau, part of WMF and for Steuler-Keramik. Zalloine designed decorative ceramics, glassware and sporting equipment, and launched the CAZAL, the iconic eyewear brand in 1975, which was adored by the hip hop scene of the 1980s.