Born in 1950 in the north Italian city of Meda, Antonio Citterio opened his first office at the age of just 22, before he had even completed his architecture degree in Milan. Since the 1990s at the latest, the successful architect has also been one of the most internationally sought-after designers, as is clear from the portfolio of renowned companies for which he works: world leading design brands such as Vitra and B&B Italia (furniture), Arclinea (kitchens) and Hansgrohe (bathrooms), all successfully implement his ideas. However, project developers and hotel chains also benefit from the Milan-based designer's esprit and design ideas. Citterio's CV is adorned with luxury lodgings for the prestigious Bulgari hotel chain, a luxury spa in Moscow and the title 'Royal Designer', which has been awarded to him by the British Royal Society.
Edward Barber, born in Shrewsbury in 1969, and Jay Osgerby, born in Oxford in 1969; studied architecture and interior design together at the Royal College of Art in London. They founded their own architecture and design studio – Barber Osgerby – in 1996. Since then, they have worked together at the interface of industrial design, furniture design and architecture.
Associated studio of architecture and design Today, Bartoli Design, a team comprising Carlo, Paolo and Anna Bartoli, continues its experience in design and design culture begun by Carlo Bartoli in 1960, achieved through many partnerships with leading companies in the furniture sector. The studio’s research focuses on poetic elegance based on simplicity and balance: from the initial concept of product and communication strategies to creative and product development, the studio’s activities embrace a complete spectrum of design services. Bartoli Design also develops projects including architecture, settings, interior design and urban design.
The American furniture designer Bill Stumpf was born in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1936. He studied industrial design at the University of Illinois industrial design, followed up until 1968 by environmental design at the University of Wisconsin. From 1970 until 1974 Bill Stumpf was assistant manager of the research division at the Herman Miller Company. In addition to designing furniture, Bill Stumpf taught at several renowned design institutes and colleges, including the "Royal College of Art" in London. Bill Stumpf died on August 30, 2006.
CHARLES & RAY EAMES
Charles Eames, born 1907 in St. Louis, Missouri, studied architecture at Washington University in St. Louis and opened his own office together with Charles M. Gray in 1930. in 1940, Eames became head of the department of industrial design at Cranbrook, and in 1941 he married Ray Kaiser. Ray Eames, née Bernice Alexandra Kaiser, was born in Sacramento, California in 1912. She attended the May Friend Bennet School in Millbrook, New York, and continued her studies in painting under Hans Hofmann through 1937. She matriculated at the Cranbrook Academy of Art in 1940 and married Charles Eames the following year. Charles and Ray Eames are among the most important American designers of this century. They are best known for their groundbreaking contributions to architecture, furniture design (e.g., the Eames Chair), industrial design and manufacturing, and the photographic arts.
Charlotte Perriand (1903-1999) was lured into the design world by famed architect Le Corbusier. They worked together to create buildings in which there was no disassociation between the interior furnishings and the exterior form. In the 1920s they, along with Pierre Jeanneret, designed a successful group of armchairs and a chaise longue, many of which were later reissued by Cassina. Perriand, born in Paris, was trained at l'École de l'Union Centrale des Arts Décoratifs. She was one of the founding members of the Union des Artistes Modernes, where she met Jean Prouvé with whom she would design furniture and interiors to showcase his furniture.
Born in 1963 in Milan, where he lives and works today, Claudio Bellini graduated in Architecture and Industrial Design in 1990 at the Politecnico di Milano. His innate prolific talent was apparent as of 1987, when he started working at Mario Bellini Associates, where his skills brought him to be an integral part of many important projects, spanning the globe and ranging from architecture to industrial to furniture design. In 1997 he founded with Mario Bellini "Atelier Bellini", an innovative consultancy dedicated to industrial design, with special interest in the relationship between new technologies and aesthetic research processes.
This Irish artist was one of the pioneers who created what we now call modern design during the 1920s and 1930s.The lone woman in this pioneering Valhalla, her name is pronounced in the same breath as Le Corbusier, Mies van der Rohe and Marcel Breuer. Her tubular steel furniture was revolutionary in its day, and is now accepted as classic. In the second stage of her creative career, Eileen Gray switched to architecture and continued producing masterpieces. She was an artist of epoch-making significance. Her career culminated in 1972 with her appointment by the Royal Society of Art in London, as Royal Designer to Industry. And her legendary Adjustable Table E 1027 has been added to the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, in 1978.
Hella Jongerius, born 1963 in de Meern, Netherlands, studied design at the Industrial Design Academy in Eindhoven. She subsequently attracted international attention through her work for the Dutch design label Droog Design. She taught at the Design Academy in Eindhoven from 1998-99, serving as head of the department Living/Atelier from 2000-04. In 2000, she founded the design studio JongeriusLab in Rotterdam, where she creates, produced and markets many of her designs – primarily dishware, vases, textiles and furnishings.
Jasper Morrison, born 1959 in London, studied at the Royal College of Art in London. He pursued further studies at the Hochschule der Künste in Berlin on a fellowship. In 1986 he founded his own design studio in London. Jasper Morrison became a leading figure of "New Simplicity", a movement that advocated a more modest and also more serious approach to design. In addition to furniture, he has also created lamps, home accessories, textiles, a tram system for the city of Hanover, Germany, and a bus shelter for the Vitra Campus in Weil am Rhein.
Jean Prouvé, born 1901 in Paris, was trained as a metal artisan in Paris. In 1924 he opened his own workshop in Nancy and began to produce his first furnishings made of formed sheet steel in 1925. He was a founding member of the Union des Artistes Modernes (UAM) in 1930. In the following year he established his own manufacturing firm, Les Ateliers Jean Prouvé. During the 1930s, the company produced numerous furniture designs, as well as some of the first prefabricated architectural elements. Between 1980-84, Prouvé again turned his attention to the further development of his furniture designs. He died in Nancy in 1984.
Born in Toulouse in 1966, Jean-Marie Massaud graduated in 1990 from Les Ateliers, Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Création Industrielle. He intervenes on different aspects of design: from industrial products to pieces of furniture. His contextual approach focuses on the search of an essential where individuals are the center of the debate.
Jeffrey Bernett, born in 1964, is a versatile American designer with works on the fields of interior architecture, furniture design, household products, lamps, accessories, graph designs and art direction. In the year 1995 he furthermore founded the Studio B as a consultant business for design strategies.His first furniture and accessories collection named “Ideas for Production”, Jeffrey Bernett presented in 1996 on the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) in New York City. In the first try there he won the Editor’s Award for the “Best Decorative Accessories”.
JEHS + LAUB
Markus Jehs (born in 1965 in Stuttgart) and Jürgen Laub ( born in 1964 in ulm) have met each other during the academic studies of industrial design at the Hochschule für Gestaltung Schwäbisch Gmuend‘ and became friends after an internship in New York in 1990. After they graduated in 1992 they set up Jehs + Laub in 1994. For Mercedes-Benz they designed the master concept of the worldwide showrooms, numerous interior designs and exhibitions, such as the ‚suite 606‘ at the world famous Icehotel in north Sweden.
Karim Rashid is an Industrial Designer. He was born in Cairo in 1960 - half Egyptian, half English, raised in Canada and practices in New York. His perspective and clients are global and while considers him more of a cultural provocateur, his projects range from products, interiors, fashion, furniture, lighting, art, music to installations.
Konstantin Grcic was born in Munich, Germany in 1965. After training as a cabinet maker at Parnham College in England he studied Design at the Royal College of Art in London from 1988-1990. Since setting up his own design practice Konstantin Grcic Industrial Design in Munich in 1991 he has developed furniture, products and lighting for some of Europe’s leading design companies such as Agape, Authentics, ClassiCon, Driade, Flos, Iittala, Krups, Lamy, Magis, Moormann, Moroso, Muji, Whirlpool. Konstantin Grcic creates industrial products widely described as pared down, simple, minimalist. What sets him apart from the minimalism in fashionable currency today is that he defines function in human terms, combining maximum formal strictness with considerable mental acuity and humour.
Charles-Edouard Jeanneret, known as Le Corbusier, was born at La Chaux-de-Fonds, in the Swiss Jura, in 1887; he died in France, at Cap Martin, on the French Côte d’Azur, in 1965. Early in his career his work met with some resistance owing to its alleged «revolutionary» nature and the radical look it acquired from its «purist» experiments; in time , however, it won the recognition it deserved and it is still widely admired. His message is still being assimilated by an ever increasing number of people in the profession, but his far-out avant-garde attitudes should be interpreted with due consideration for the use of rational systems in his planning method, evidenced by extremely simple modules and formes based on the functional logic.
Mario Bellini, born 1935 in Milan, studied architecture at the Milan Polytechnic. He taught at the Istituto Superiore di Disegno Industriale in Venice from 1962-65 and worked as a design consultant for Olivetti from 1963-91. He also designed independent products and furnishings beginning in 1963, establishing the architectural and design firm Studio Bellini in Milan in 1973. He served as a design consultant to Renault from 1978-82. In 1987 the New York Museum of Modern Art honoured him with a retrospective exhibition of his works. He was an instructor at the Hochschule für Angewandte Kunst in Vienna from 1982-83 and at the Domus Academy in Milan from 1983-85.Bellini was chief editor of Domus magazine between 1986-91. He assumed a position on the architectural faculty at the University of Genoa in 1995, and teaches seminars and workshops at universities and academic institutions around the world.
Naoto Fukasawa, born 1956 in Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan, studied art and 3D-design at Tama Art University in Tokyo. In 2003 he opened his own office, Naoto Fukasawa Design, in Tokyo. Since 2001, when he also became a consultant for the MUJI company, his primary focus has been the design of household products and electronic devices. In 2003 he created the brand "plusminuszero" (±0) for household objects. Naoto Fukasawa works for numerous European companies as well as large Japanese corporations in the consumer electronics industry. Together with Jasper Morrison, he organized the provocative and widely reviewed exhibition "Super Normal".
Under the direction of architect Oki Sato, the group that gathers under the name Nendo has represented since 2002 a cultured and refined alternative to self-celebrative design. “Nendo” in Japanese means “clay” and their job, in the field of the interior architecture, of furniture and graphics is pliable and flexible as clay. Facing with personality and determination the challenges of contemporary designing, Nendo got in few years important international credits.
Norman Foster is the Founder and Chairman of Foster + Partners. He was born in Manchester in 1935. After graduating from Manchester University School of Architecture and City Planning in 1961 he won a Henry Fellowship to Yale University, where he gained a Master’s Degree in Architecture. Over the past four decades Foster + Partners has been responsible for a strikingly wide range of work, from urban masterplans, public infrastructure, airports, civic and cultural buildings, offices and workplaces to private houses and product design. In 1999 he was honoured with a life peerage in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List, taking the title Lord Foster of Thames Bank.
Patricia Urquiola was born in Oviedo (Spain) and now lives and works in Milan. She attended the faculty of architecture of Madrid Polytechnic were she graduated in 1989 having done a thesis with Achille Castiglioni. From 1990 to 1992 she was assistant lecturer on the courses held by Achille Castiglioni and Eugenio Bettinelli both at Milan Polytechnic and E.N.S.C.I. in Paris. Between 1990 and 1996 she worked for the new product development office of De Padova and with Vico Magistretti signed the products: “Flower”, “Loom sofa”, “Chaise” and “Chaise Longue”. In 2001 she was chair of the jury for the 19th CDIM Design Award and was lecturer in the Domus Academy. She is currently conducting her professional activity in her own studio in Milan in the field of design, exhibitions, art direction, and architecture.
French designer Patrick Norguet, close to fashion world through his collaboration with Louis Vuitton, Lanvin, Guerlain and Christian Dior, completes his personal formation at the EDSI where he built up a unique approach based on eclecticism and a thorough knowledge of materials and manufacturing processes. In 2000 he opened his personal design office; nowadays, he is involved in industrial and interior design, dedicating himself to create also exhibitions for Van Cleef and Renault.
Philippe Starck, (born January 18, 1949, Paris, France), French designer known for his wide range of designs, including everything from interior design to household objects to boats to watches. He has also worked as an architect. Most likely influenced by his father, who worked as an aircraft engineer, Starck studied at the École Nissim de Camondo, Paris, and in 1968 set up his first company, which produced inflatable objects. Starck first gained international attention when he was commissioned to refurbish the private apartments in the Élysée Palace (1983–84) in Paris for French President François Mitterrand. Starck hoped that his work would improve people’s lives by adding an element of humour and surprise to everyday acts such as brushing one’s teeth or cooking. The designer himself was often featured in ads for his products, since his flamboyant, lighthearted personality embodied the message of his work.
Piero Lissoni is an architect, art director, designer (1956). Together with Nicoletta Canesi, Piero Lissoni opens the studio Lissoni Associati in 1986. He begins collaborating as designer and Art Director with some of the best Italian and international furniture manufacturers.The work of the studio embraces architecture, graphics and industrial design, with projects ranging from furniture, accessories, kitchens, bathroom and lighting fixtures to corporate identity, advertising, catalogues and packaging. Interior design projects include hotels, showrooms, trade stands, private houses, shops and yachts.
PREBEN FABRICIUS & JORGEN KASTHOLM
Inspired by functionalism and the resoluteness of Scandinavian design, which had a considerable influence on the aesthetics of the sixties, interior designers Preben Fabricius and Jørgen Kastholm devoted themselves to optimising shape, material and ergonomics. In 1961, they founded a studio together which became a birthplace of numerous classics in furnishing history. Their main concern was to clearly state the function of an aesthetic form. This principle resulted in lasting symbols of the modern age.
Born in 1954, member of the Milanese tradition that generated designers such as Castiglioni, Zanuso, Magistretti and de Lucchi, graduated in architecture at the Politecnico of Milan in 1979. Since then, he has designed for most of the leading names in the furniture and lighting sectors. He also designs housing projects, villas, industrial buildings, restaurants and hotels both in Italy and worldwide. In 2005 he founded, with Alessandro Acerbi and Luca Zaniboni, the Dordoni Architects Studio, which is dedicated specifically to architectural planning and interior design.
Ron Arad, born 1951 in Tel Aviv, studied at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem, and at the Architectural Association in London. In 1981 he opened the office One Off Ltd. in London together with Caroline Thorman and began to handcraft unconventional furnishings made mostly out of welded steel sheeting with distinctive sculptural forms. He and Thorman founded Ron Arad Associates Ltd. together with Canadian architect Alison Brooks in 1989. In 1994 he established the "ron arad studio" in Como, Italy, and taught product design as a guest professor at the Vienna University of Technology until 1997. Since 1997 he has held a professorship for furniture design and industrial design at the Royal College of Art in London.
RONAN & ERWAN BOUROULLEC
Ronan Bouroullec (born 1971) and Erwan Bouroullec (born 1976) have been working together for about ten years now. Their collaboration is a permanent dialogue nourished by their distinct personalities and a shared notion of diligence with the intention to reach more balance and fineness. Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec design for numerous manufacturers at the same time, they maintain an experimental activity which is essential to the development of their work at Galerie kreo, Paris, where four exhibitions of their designs have been held between 2001 and 2012.
Born in 1958, Lovegrove studied industrial design at Manchester Polytechnic and at the Royal College of Art in London. He began his career at Frog design, where he was assigned to projects for Apple and Sony. Lovegrove went on to work throughout Europe, then later returned to England. Since founding his own design practice in 1986, he has collaborated with some of the world's most outstanding design manufacturers.
Giuseppe Manente born in Mestre (VE) in 1947, after having attended the higher course of industrial design in Venice, obtained his architecture degree in 1972 at Venice university. He has been practicing architecture since 1973, operating in the civil and industrial construction field for public and private institutions. Abramo Mion born in Mirano (VE) in 1951, attended the engineering faculty at Padova University and then in 1974 the architecture faculty of Venice University. At that time he became part of the design staff of a furniture industry and has since then been concerned with internal architecture.
Toshiyuki Kita was born in Osaka in 1942. His designs often link elements of European styles with others derived from Japanese culture. Until 1964 he studied industrial design at Naniwa College in Osaka. In 1967 Toshiyuki Kita opened a design practice there. In 1969 Kita went to Milan, where he worked in the studios of Mario Bellini and Silvio Coppola. In 1971 he opened a branch office of his practice in Milan and from then on commuted between Japan and Italy.
Verner Panton, born 1926 in Gamtofte, Denmark, studied at Odense Technical College before enrolling at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen as an architecture student. He founded a studio for architecture and design in 1955. In the following years Panton created numerous designs for seating furniture and lighting. His passion for bright colours and geometric patterns manifested itself in an extensive range of textile designs. Verner Panton died in 1998 in Copenhagen.
BRAND VAN EGMOND
BRAND VAN EGMOND is a Dutch lighting design brand and an international trendsetter in exclusive handcrafted decorative lighting. The brand and studio were founded in 1989 by William Brand and Annet van Egmond, two pioneer artists with the sole intension to create art without restraints. William Brand (1963) and Annet van Egmond (1964) graduated at the Utrecht School of the Arts in the Netherlands, where he was trained as an architect and she as a sculptor. They have been working as independent product designers for 24 years. Their first lighting sculpture ‘Chandelier’ became an instant icon. Their passion for lighting sculptures results in an impressive collection, with yearly additions of new designs. As all their lights are handmade, they are frequently asked to customize for specific clients and projects across the world.
Born in Baghdad Iraq in 1950, Zaha Hadid commenced her college studies at the American University in Beirut, in the field of mathematics. She moved to London in 1972 to study architecture at the Architectural Association and upon graduation in 1977, she joined the Office of Metropolitan Architecture (OMA). Known as an architect who consistently pushes the boundaries of architecture and urban design, her work experiments with new spatial concepts intensifying existing urban landscapes and encompassing all fields of design, from the urban scale to interiors and furniture.