Simone Spalvieri and Valentina Del Ciotto, both born in 1982, met in 2003. Having graduated in Industrial Design and Interior Design respectively from Milan Politecnico, they immediately became a couple both in their personal and professional lives.
They lived and worked in Milan and London before moving their base to Tolentino, a small village surrounded by nature.
The Spalvieri & Del Ciotto design studio is a meeting place and melting pot of ideas, research and experimentation. Their work, characterised by formal, functional purity, is based on the idea that every designer product needs to be a value that can be passed on to future generations and contains and conveys a piece of our history and our culture.
Through design, they endeavour to render new materials and new technologies more people-friendly, with the aim of making more innovative objects easier to understand and use.
They collaborate with some of the most fascinating Italian and international designer names such as Magis, Poltrona Frau, Established & Sons, Lexon, Fratelli Guzzini, Arena Waterinstinct, Mamoli and Colombo Design. In 2013 they were winners of the “Top Young Italian Industrial Designers Prize”, rewarded by Massimo Vignelli with an exhibition at the Italian Cultural Institute in New York entitled “Slow Design Exhibition”. They have won international accolades such as the Red Dot Award and the China Good Design and the German Design Awards.
This French designer was born in Paris, going on to graduate from Ensci (École Nationale Supérieure de Création Industrielle, Paris) in 1993.
She was visiting scholar at the Villa Medici in Rome (French Academy) from 2000 to 2001. She has worked for herself since 2000.
She began working with the Italian companies Cappellini and Edra, followed by other French, Japanese, Italian, and Scandinavian companies, including HAY, Ligne Roset, Wästberg, Alessi, LucePlan, Magis, Mutina, Røros, Moustache, Svenskt Tenn, Gärsnäs…
She lives and works in Paris.
Zaha Hadid studied architecture at the Architectural Association School in London from 1972, and graduated in 1977.
She is the founder of Zaha Hadid Architects, and is internationally renowned for both her theoretical and academic work. Each of her dynamic and innovative projects builds on over thirty years of revolutionary exploration and research in the interrelated fields of urbanism, architecture and design. Hadid’s interest lies in the rigorous interface between architecture, landscape and geology, as her practice integrates natural topography and human-made systems, leading her to experiment with cutting-edge technologies. This process often results in unexpected and dynamic architectural forms.
She was made a partner of the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA), and taught at the Architectural Association, together with OMA founding partners Rem Koolhaas and Elia Zenghelis, and later led her own studio at the AA until 1987. She is currently Professor at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, Austria, and was the Eero Saarinen Visiting Professor of Architectural Design at Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut.
Zaha Hadid was awarded the Pritzker Architecture Prize (considered to be the Nobel Prize of architecture) in 2004, and her work of the past 30 years has been the subject of critically-acclaimed retrospective exhibitions. Hadid’s outstanding contribution to the architectural profession continues to be acknowledged by the most world’s most respected institutions. TIME magazine included her in their 2010 list of the ‘100 Most Influential People in the World’ in the Thinkers category.
BIG-GAME is a product and interior design studio created in 2004 by Augustin Scott de Martinville (French), Elric Petit (Belgian) and Grégoire Jeanmonod (Swiss).
It is based in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Blaise Drummond was born to Irish parents in Liverpool in 1967 and studied Philosophy and Classical Art at the University of Edinburgh before attending the National College of Art and Design in Dublin for a BA in Fine Art Painting and the History of Art. In 1998 he graduated with an MA in Fine Art Painting from the Chelsea College of Art and Design in London.
His work, mostly realised in the form of painting, drawing and sculpture/installation, is centred around ideas of the natural world, landscape and its representation, architecture and design. In 2006 he also began an on-going collaboration on a body of printed work with the American-born, Paris based publisher and master printer, Michael Woolworth.
He has had numerous exhibitions in galleries around the world and a number of museum shows dedicated to his work, including the Kunstmuseen Krefeld, Germany in 2009 and Musée de l’Abbaye Sainte-Croix, France in 2006. Recent projects include a collaboration with Louis Vuitton on the artist book, The Arctic and the public art commission, A New Path to the Waterfall, for the Children’s Hospital at the Royal London, UK. His work is held in numerous museum, public and private collections around the world.
He lives in the middle of rural Ireland in Tang, County Westmeath where he tends his garden with his wife, Síabhra Durcan and four children, Sonny, Bea, Arthur and Søren.
The Finnish designer Eero Aarnio (born in 1932 in Helsinki) is one of the greatest innovators of modern furniture design.
From 1954 to 1957 he attended the School of Applied Arts in Helsinki, and in 1956 he married Pirkko Attila, with whom he had two daughters.
His work as a designer began in the early 60s, when he opened his own design studio in Helsinki.
Eero Aarnio began experimenting with plastics, vivid colors and organic forms, breaking away from traditional design conventions.
His now iconic plastic creations include the chairs Ball (1963), the Pastil (1968), and the Bubble (1968), as well as the abstract dog Puppy he designed in 2004 for the Magis collection Me Too.
Many of Aarnio’s works are included in the world’s most prestigious museums, including the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, MoMA in New York and Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein.
Rosario Hurtado was born in Madrid in 1966. She studied Economics at Alcala de Henares University in Madrid before moving to London in 1989, where she studied Cabinet Making at the London College of Furniture and completed her BA in Industrial Design at Kingston University.
Roberto Feo was born in London in 1964 but grew up in Madrid, Spain. He studied Sociology and Social Anthropology at Complutense University in Madrid, before moving to London in 1990. He studied Furniture Design at the London College of Furniture, followed by an MA in Furniture Design at The Royal College of Art.
Rosario Hurtado and Roberto Feo are the Post Disciplinary studio EL ULTIMO GRITO. Founded in 1997, their studio is currently based in London. El Ultimo Grito’s work continuously explores our relationships with objects and culture. The studio’s output is seen across a multitude of platforms for a range of international clients, museums and organizations, including Magis, Lavazza, Matadero Madrid, Marks & Spencer, Figueras, UNO, LABORAL, Museo Nacional de Arte Reina Sofia, British Airways, Claudio Buziol Foundation, the Sorrell Foundation and the Victoria & Albert Museum.
Their work is in the permanent collections of MoMA in New York, Stedelijk in Amsterdam and the V&A in London.
In 2010 they founded SHOPWORK and POI, an independent publishing, research, education and design platform.
Giulio Iacchetti has been an industrial designer since 1992, and designs for many brands including Abet Laminati, Alessi, Danese, Elica, Foscarini, Globo Ceramiche, Jannelli&Volpi, Hastens, Magis, Meritalia, Moleskine and Pandora design. The distinctive characteristics of his work include his research and the creation of new categories of objects, such as the Moscardino, a biodegradable spoon/fork designed with Matteo Ragni, which won a Compasso d’Oro in 2001. In 2009 he was awarded the “Premio dei Premi” prize for innovation, presented by the President of the Italian Republic, for the Coop Eureka project, which introduced design into the large-scale retail trade.
In May 2009 the Triennale di Milano held a solo exhibition entitled “Giulio Iacchetti. Disobedient Objects”. In November 2012 he launched Internoitaliano, the “factory network” made up of many craftsman-based workshops, with whom he designs and produces furniture and accessories inspired by the Italian way of living. He has also pursued his own personal research into new design topics such as the symbol of cross, giving rise to the “Cruciale” exhibition, held by the Diocesan Museum, Basilica di Santo Stefano Rotondo in Rome, and by Castello di Lombardia in Enna, Sicily.
In 2014, together with Matteo Ragni, he won his second Compasso d’Oro for the design of Sfera manhole covers for Montini.
Javier Mariscal was born in Valencia in 1950, and developed his professional career in Barcelona. The Mediterranean culture of both cities is revealed in his work: from it he has inherited the hedonism, optimism and symbolism that characterizes his designs, as well as the vibrant range of colours and his poetic approach. Before dealing with projects from a multidisciplinary point of view became a recognized value, his professional activity already moved easily and confidently from one discipline to another, thanks to his untiring curiosity and his passionate drive for innovation, contributing to make everyday life more interesting, easier and friendlier.
The creation of Estudio Mariscal in 1989, comprising a team of specialists who work closely with him, has allowed him to deal with complete projects. Mariscal is internationally renowned and his work reverberates widely in the media, due to the fact that he knows how to communicate directly with the general public, as does his work. Since his great speciality is drawing, his approach to any commission is an artistic one, using a universal, timeless language which adds value, uniqueness and emotional depth to his projects. His boldness is porportionate to the great challenges he has taken on, from the mascot for the Barcelona Olympic Games to the overall design of an extremely luxurious hotel, to the creation and direction of the film Chico & Rita.
Martí Guixé’s background is similar to that of every good designer, with a creditable academic history and work done with famous firms. But just as revolutionaries today are born within the institutions that trained them, he revolutionizes design by working on living matter, which can be transformed and decomposed, blending such different areas as anthropology, humour, gastronomy, typography, the human sciences, exact sciences, performance and design. He analyses situations, behaviour and gestures, and proposes radically effective solutions with minimal ergonomics, freed from the image of an idealized body in which technocratic perspective seeks to create the correct form.
Like a visionary, he transforms things by observing them with his eyes, and invents the indispensable commodities of the twenty-first century. Martí Guixé’s world is made of compact, effective objects that move from eye to hand to mouth, reassuring, metaphysical, in order to dream with eyes lifted skyward or to soothe anguish. Ideal for the thirsty and for hedonists, for TV football spectators or for imitators of Calvino’s Baron in the Trees.
Professor Oiva Toikka (born in 1931) is one of the greatest names in Finnish glass. His imaginative, rich, bold glass art deviates from the streamlined aesthetic of Nordic design. Oiva Toikka is renowned worldwide for his unique and massive contribution to Finnish art glass over the past half century (the Birds Collection for Iittala is his best-known work. The pieces are renewed annually, and are highly sought after as gifts and collector’s pieces). He has enjoyed an international career and received numerous awards, among them the Lunning Prize, Pro Finlandia Medal, World Glass Now 85 Award, Kaj Franck Design Prize and the Prince Eugen Medal.
In addition to glass and ceramics, Toikka’s career has covered many other areas, including stage costumes, drawings, and textiles.
In these last years, Toikka has also begun a fruitful collaboration with Magis, resulting in three products made of rotational–moulded polyethylene (the rocking bird Dodo, the colourful coat stand Paradise Tree, and the shelving system Downtown) and a couple of serigraphs, called Moments of Ingenuity.
Oiva Toikka is an artist of immense creative talent, vision and versatility, the creator of elaborate compositions and installations, all drawn by an impulsive imagination that seems to ignore boundaries and pays scant regard to aesthetic coherence.
Pakhalé was born in India in 1967, and trained at the renowned IIT – Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, and later at the Art Centre College of Design Europe, Switzerland. He was part of the pioneering ‘new business creation’ team, conceiving some of the first product ideas for new technologies in the area of digital communication and transportation design at Philips Design in the mid-90s.
Through a series of award-winning design projects for leading clients and industries, he has developed a worldwide reputation for designing diverse innovative typologies, pushing the limits of technology and materials. Complexity is resolved through experimentation and transformed into elegance, providing the very best solution for each situation.
Pakhalé has lectured throughout the world, and several solo exhibitions have been devoted to his works, which are part of the permanent collections of prestigious museums throughout the world.
His designs emanate from cultural dialogue, drawing together new applications of materials and technologies.
Satyendra Pakhalé considers the design profession an expression of true human optimism. He is motivated by social, technological, ecological, industrial and above all cultural parameters, as much as by a purely creative vision. His prime interest is the design of challenging, mass-producible products and public architecture.
Before moving to Milan in 2005, Benedetta Mori Ubaldini lived and studied in London, taking Art and Design at Westminster College of Adult Education, and then Fine Arts at Middlesex University.
Benedetta works in many materials, but is best-known for her innovative and extraordinarily beautiful wire work. Each piece starts life as industrially produced, rolled “chicken” wire, which is gradually shaped by hand, twisting and joining the pieces together to give a seamless appearance.
As Benedetta herself states, “What I love is to fill large spaces with narratives, creating three-dimensional pictures, and I like them to be evocative, symbolic and poetic. The sculptures I create in chicken wire have no internal structure at all, therefore the interplay between presence and absence becomes the magical element of the work and gives each piece the lightness of an apparition, a ghost-like quality, like a trace from memory or images from a dream.”
Torbjørn Anderssen and Espen Voll were born respectively in Elverum, 1976 and in Trondheim, 1965. They both come from creative backgrounds: Torbjørn is the son of a musician and a teacher, and Espen the son of a ceramist and an architect.
After graduating from the “Bergen Academy of Art and Design” and the “Oslo National Academy of Art”, they went on to cofound the design group Norway Says in 2000. Norway Says were forerunners in a growing international orientation amongst Norwegian designers – at the same time drawing international interest to Norway’s emerging young design scene.
Norway Says had two particular crowning moments, with the “Söderbergs Award” in 2007, and a 10-year retrospective exhibition at the “National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design” in Oslo in 2009.
Anderssen & Voll was set up in 2009. Their work spans from textile design through tableware, lighting and furniture to electronics for some of Europe’s most renowned international brands.
They have been absolute key in proposing what is known as “New Nordic”, through their contributions for companies including Muuto, Kvadrat, Erik Jørgensen, Wrong for Hay, Jøtul, Røros Tweed and LK Hjelle. Their work also resonates well with Italian brands such as Magis, Foscarini and Lapalma.
Working with the strongly contrasting industrial cultures to be found in the the mountains of Norway and in the Venetian plains is a continous source of inspiration, as are the liberating possibilities of large-scale industrial thinking.
Torbjørn Anderssen teaches at the “Bergen Academy of Art and Design”.
Born in Tel Aviv in 1951, educated at the Jerusalem Academy of Art and later at the Architectural Association in London, Ron Arad co-founded the design and production studio One Off in 1981 with Caroline Thorman and later, in 1989, Ron Arad Associates architecture and design practice. In 2008 Ron Arad Architects was established alongside Ron Arad Associates.
In 1994 he established the Ron Arad Studio, a design and production unit in Como, Italy, in operation until 1999. He was Professor of Product Design at the Royal College of Art in London until 2009. Ron Arad was awarded the 2011 London Design Week Medal for design excellence, and became a Royal Academician of the Royal Academy of Arts in 2013.
Ron Arad’s constant experimentation with the possibilities of materials such as steel, aluminium or polyamide and his radical re-conception of the form and structure of furniture has put him at the forefront of contemporary design and architecture.
Alongside his limited edition studio work, Arad designs for many leading international companies including Kartell, Vitra, Moroso, Fiam, Driade, Alessi, Cappellini, Cassina, WMF and Magis as well as many others.
Ron Arad has designed a number of Public Art pieces, most recently the Vortext in Seoul, Korea, and the Kesher Sculpture at Tel Aviv University.
Internationally acclaimed designers Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby founded their eponymous studio in 1996 after graduating with Master’s degrees in Architecture from The Royal College of Art in London.
Barber and Osgerby’s research-led practice has developed collections for Vitra, B&B Italia, Venini, Cappellini, Magis, Swarovski, Flos and Established & Sons, whilst also producing edition furniture and one-off works for both private and public commissions. Both Honorary Doctors of Arts, Barber and Osgerby have lectured internationally and hosted workshops at Ecal, Switzerland, and the Vitra Design Museum. Their work is held in permanent collections around the world including the V&A Museum, London; New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art; London’s Design Museum; and the Art Institute of Chicago.
Alongside their eponymous studio, in 2001 Barber and Osgerby founded Universal Design Studio, now recognised as one of the world’s most innovative creative design consultancies working in architecture, interiors and exhibition design. In 2011 Barber and Osgerby were appointed to design the London 2012 Olympic Torch, while in 2012, the pair followed this with the launch of MAP, a strategy-based industrial design studio that draws on the creative and commercial skills of Barber & Osgerby to provide design intuition, creative direction and research to ambitious clients.
Designer and architect Marc Berthier was one of the first designers to collaborate with Magis, designing numerous objects and collections for the company: in fact he has been collaborating with us for over thirty years.
His work mainly revolves around industrial product design, and is spiced with international flavours.
He works in France with Lexon, in Italy with MAGIS, in Germany with Black Design, in Hong Kong with Hedworth, and in Japan with Dé Signe.
He has received the following awards: Grand Prix National de la Création Industrielle, René Gabriel Award, Compasso d’Oro ADI 1991 and 1994, Forum Design Awards 1995, 1997, 1998, Design Plus 1999, American Design Award 1999.
His creations have been selected for the permanent collections of the Musée National d’Art Moderne, the Arts-Décoratifs Museum and the Fond National d’Art Contemporain in France, and the MoMA in New York.
Marc Berthier is “Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres” and has also received the “Médaille de l’Art et de l’Industrie”.
He was the French representative at the EC for the “Maison Européenne” commission.
In 2002 he founded Eliumstudio in Paris, together with his daughter Élise, Pierre Garner and Frédéric Lintz, joined later by Anne Klepper.
Ronan Bouroullec (born in 1971) and Erwan Bouroullec (born in 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 achieve greater balance and refinement.
In 1997, they presented their Disintegrated Kitchen at the Salon du Meuble in Paris, where it was spotted by Giulio Cappellini, who gave them their first industrial design commissions. The Bouroullecs have been working with Magis since 2004, designing two complete furniture collections – Striped and Steelwood – as well as additional projects such as Pila chair, Pilo table, Central and Tambour tables, and this year the new Officina collection.
These days, Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec design for numerous manufacturers, including Vitra, Kvadrat, Magis, Kartell, Established and Sons, Ligne Roset, Axor, Alessi, Issey Miyake, Cappellini, Mattiazzi, Flos, Mutina, Hay and more recently Glas Italia and Iittala. They also continue to carry out their own experimental activity which is essential to the development of their work at Galerie kreo, Paris, where four exhibitions of their designs were held between 2001 and 2012. They also embark on occasional architectural projects.
Voted Designers of the Year at the Salon du Meuble in 2002, their other awards include the Compasso d’Oro won in 2011 for the Steelwood chair they designed for Magis.
Several exhibitions have been devoted to their work.
In 2012, Phaidon Press published Works, a comprehensive monographic book about Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec. Previously, two other monographs had been published about the Bouroullec brothers’ design work: Ronan et Erwan Bouroullec – Catalogue de Raison (Paris: Images Modernes / kreo, 2002) and Ronan et Erwan Bouroullec (Paris: Phaidon Press, 2003).
With his designs devoted to simplicity and sublime beauty, Fukasawa has designed for a wide range of leading brands worldwide in Italy, Germany, America, Switzerland, Spain, China, Korea, Thailand, Taiwan, Singapore, France, Portugal, Sweden and Finland, as well as consulting and working with Japanese major corporations. His designs span a wide variety of fields, from precision electronic equipment to furniture and interior settings.
He has received numerous national and international design awards.
His wall-mounted CD player for MUJI, humidifier for ±0 and the mobile phones INFOBAR and neon for au/KDDI are all part of New York’s Museum of Modern Art’s (MoMA) permanent collection. In 2007, he was accorded the title of Honorable Royal Designer for Industry (Royal Society of Arts), UK. MUJI’s wall-mounted CD player is also part of the Victoria and Albert Museum’s permanent collection, while his HIROSHIMA armchair for MARUNI is part of Designmusuem Danmark’s permanent collection.
Fukasawa is one of the directors of 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT. He also sits on the design advisory board of MUJI, and is the art director of MARUNI. In 2017, he became a member of the judging committee for the LOEWE Craft Prize. He is a professor in the Integrated Design department at Tama Art University. In 2006, he established “Super Normal” with Jasper Morrison. He has been acted as the 5th curator of The Japan Folk Crafts Museum since 2012.
Fukasawa has co-authored The Outline – The Unseen Outline of Things (Hachette Fujingaho) with photographer Tamotsu Fujii and released NAOTO FUKASAWA (Phaidon Press). In Spring 2018, He released his Second book with Phaidon press, Naoto Fukasawa Embodiment.
Martino Gamper (born in 1971 in Merano, Italy) lives and works in London.
Starting as an apprentice with a furniture maker in Merano, Gamper went on to study sculpture under Michelangelo Pistoletto at the Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna. He completed a Masters in 2000 from the Royal College of Art, London, where he studied under Ron Arad.
Working in both design and art venues, Martino Gamper engages in a variety of projects from exhibition design, interior design, one-off commissions and the design of mass-produced products for the cutting edge of the international furniture industry, such as Magis.
Gamper has presented his works and projects internationally in many selected exhibitions, and he was also the recipient of the Moroso Award for Contemporary Art in 2011 and of the Brit Insurance Designs of the Year Furniture Award in 2008 for his project ‘100 Chairs in 100 Days’.
Stefano Giovannoni was born in La Spezia in 1954, and graduated from the Faculty of Architecture at Florence University in 1978. He lives and works in Milan.
From 1979 to 1991 he worked at the Faculty of Architecture in Florence, lecturing and carrying out research. He taught Master’s courses at the Domus Academy, Università del Progetto in Reggio Emilia, as well as lecturing in Industrial Design at the Faculty of Architecture in Genoa.
He works as an industrial and interior designer and architect, specializing in plastic products, and has worked with companies including Alessi, Amore Pacific, Artsana, Bisazza, Cederroth, Deborah, Elica, Fabbrica Pelletterie Milano, Fiat, Hannspree, Hanssem, Helit, Henkel, Honeywell, Inda, KDDI, Kokuyo, Laufen, Lavazza, LG Hausys, L’Oreal, Magis, Maletti, Meglio, Mikakuto, Moooi, Nestlé, Nissan, NTT Docomo, Oras, Oregon Scientific, Papernet, Promelit, Pulsar, Replay, Samsung, Seiko, Shaf, Siemens, Skitsch, Sodastream, SPC, Star, Telecom, Toto, 3M, Toto, Tubes, Veneta Cucine, Vondom and ZTE.
His designs have achieved great commercial success, with products of the calibre of the “Bombo” series, created for Magis.
His design objects have been awarded: the “Design Plus” prize at the Ambiente fair at Messe Frankfurt, in 1994, 1996, 2003, 2005 and 2009; the “100% Design” prize in London in 1997; the “International Forum Design Hannover” award in 1999; the “ISH” prize in 2003; the Chicago Atheneum “Good Design Award” in 2010; and the “New York Interior Design 2012 Award”.
Konstantin Grcic was born in 1965, and trained as a cabinet maker at The John Makepeace School (Dorset, England) before studying Design at the Royal College of Art in London.
Since setting up his own practice, Konstantin Grcic Industrial Design (KGID), in Munich in 1991, he has developed furniture, products and lighting for some of the leading companies in the design field. His more renowned clients include Authentics, BD Ediciones, ClassiCon, Flos, Magis, Mattiazzi, Muji, Nespresso, Plank, Serafino Zani, Thomas-Rosenthal and Vitra. He has created a number of limited-edition pieces for Galerie Kreo in Paris since 2004.
Konstantin Grcic defines function in human terms, combining strict forms with considerable mental acuity and humour. Each of his products expresses a careful research into the history of design and architecture, and his passion for technology and materials. Known for his pared-down pieces, Grcic is often called a minimalist, but the designer himself prefers to speak of simplicity.
Many of his products have received international design awards, such as the prestigious Compasso d`Oro for his MAYDAY lamp (Flos) in 2001 and his MYTO chair (Plank) in 2011. Works by Konstantin Grcic are part of the permanent collections of the world´s most important design museums (including MoMA/New York and Centre Georges Pompidou/Paris).
Ineke Hans (born in 1966) studied product design in the Netherlands, before graduating with an MA in Furniture Design from the Royal College of Art in London in 1995 and eventually setting up her own studio in the Netherlands in 1998.
She started by creating her own furniture and product collections, which are still sold via INEKEHANS|COLLECTION today. Now STUDIO|INEKEHANS designs and works with a small team on a wide range of 3D projects. Furniture and products come as one-offs, small batch products or mass-produced items, based on the interest in designing and defining objects well suited to new and appropriate production methods. The studio also designs and produces exhibitions and architectural projects.
The studio works for innovative, international design manufacturers including Arco, Cappellini, Chi ha paura…?, Iittala, Lensvelt, Magis, Offecct, Royal Ahrend, RoyalVKB, SCP, and for clients such as Cooper Hewitt Museum (NY), Royal Dutch Forest Guard, Shorefast Foundation Canada and Dutch governmental organisations.
Ineke’s early work centered around pictograms and archetypes, but it has evolved in many ways, investigating the psychological roots of products, perceiving and playing with the interaction between people, objects and space. Ineke is considered to be one of the leading Dutch designers, and is highly valued for her down-to-earth, hybrid design approach, focusing on detail, function and clarity, and on her interest in the vernacular. Old and brand new production methods are used in intelligent, unconventional ways. Innovation in materials and production techniques, and a re-thinking of existing human values and habits have become the most important triggers for new work, making it multi layered, playful and social.
Some of her iconic works have won prestigious international design awards. Her work is purchased by leading collectors and museums. Ineke is also involved in international debates and talks on design.
Spanish artist-designer Jaime Hayón was born in Madrid in 1974.
After studying industrial design in Madrid and Paris he joined Fabrica – the Italian design and communications research centre founded by Benetton – in 1997, directing the design department until 2003. Hayon set up his own studio practice in 2000, and dedicated himself fully to his personal projects from 2003 onwards. Today he is one of the most acclaimed creators across the globe.
Hayon’s esteem and knowledge of artisan skills and his inherent creativity have allowed him to push the boundaries of many media and functions, resulting in collections for a diverse range of clients. His interest in the conservation of craft skills has led his path to converge with those of high-end traditional companies who care about the evolution of their work. He has created furniture ranges for Fritz Hansen, Magis, Established and Sons, Bisazza, B.D. Barcelona, Se London, Bernhardt Design, Ceccotti and Moooi. Hayon has also designed various lighting collections for Metalarte and in collaboration with Swarovski and Baccarat. He has created accessories for Piper Heidsieck, Gaia and Gino and The Rug Company. In 2013 he designed his first wristwatch collection for the new Swiss watch brand OROLOG. These collections have put Jaime at the forefront of a new wave of creators who blur the lines between art, decoration and design, and of a renaissance in finely-crafted, intricate objects in the context of contemporary design culture.
In addition to his acclaimed intramurals for Madrid’s La Terraza del Casino restaurant and Camper footwear stores, Jaime is currently working on interiors for leading hotels, restaurants and retail establishments around the world that have become platforms for the creation of special objects and both functional and non functional elements.
His work has appeared in the most prestigious art and design publications worldwide, and he has won numerous awards. Time magazine declared Hayon to be one of the 100 most relevant creators of our time, and Wallpaper magazine has also listed him as one of the most influential creators.
With offices in Italy, Spain and Japan, Hayon’s main interest is to keep finding new perspectives and challenges.
Established by Thomas Heatherwick in 1994, Heatherwick Studio is recognized for its work in architecture, urban infrastructure, sculpture, design and strategic thinking. Today a team of 160, including architects, designers and makers work from a combined studio and workshop in Kings Cross, London.
At the heart of the studio’s work is a profound commitment to finding innovative design solutions, with a dedication to artistic thinking and the latent potential of materials and craftsmanship. This is achieved through a working methodology of collaborative rational inquiry, undertaken in a spirit of curiosity and experimentation.
In the twenty years of its existence, Heatherwick Studio has worked in many countries, with a wide range of commissioners and in a variety of regulatory environments. Through this experience, the studio has acquired a high level of expertise in the design and realisation of unusual projects, with a particular focus on the large scale.
The studio’s work includes a number of nationally significant projects for the UK, such as the award-winning UK Pavilion at the Shanghai World Expo 2010, the Olympic Cauldron for the London 2012 Olympic Games, and the New Bus for London.
Thomas is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects; a Senior Research Fellow at the Victoria & Albert Museum; and has been awarded Honorary Doctorates from the Royal College of Art, University of Dundee, University of Brighton, Sheffield Hallam University and University of Manchester.
He has won the Prince Philip Designers Prize, and, in 2004, was the youngest practitioner to be appointed a Royal Designer for Industry. In 2010, Thomas was awarded the RIBA Lubetkin Prize and the London Design Medal in recognition of his outstanding contribution to design.
In 2013 Thomas was awarded a CBE for his services to the design industry.
Floris Hovers was born in 1976 in Raamsdonksveer, in the South of the Netherlands.
After some basic training in engineering and advertising and presentation techniques in Utrecht, he studied at the Design Academy Eindhoven, and graduated in 2004.
In 2006 he started his own design studio and workshop in Raamsdonksveer.
A basic and simple approach to techniques and materials is essential for Hovers to communicate his vision and working method.
Simple and easy industrial forms and structures often appeal to him, and he finds small, naive toys and handmade things moving.
Captivated both by the idyllic workshop and by the factory where pieces are mass-produced, he is driven to waver between these two.
These extremes are a constant throughout his work, which he describes as industrial crafts.
Hovers predominantly produces his own work; he cherishes the entire process from idea to finished product. He believes that the designer can also be a craftsman who realizes his own designs.
Besides developing his own designs, Hovers also works for brands and manufacturers such as Magis.
Born in Novara in 1932.
He studied at the Accademia delle Belle Arti in Milan, and alongside his studies, in the fifties he had already developed an intense artistic production, with personal and collective exhibitions at galleries and contemporary art museums.
At the same time, he also began his design work, at first as personal, formal research, and later in collaboration with numerous industrial companies, in the graphics and publishing, industrial products and exhibition fittings sectors.
His work is internationally acclaimed, and considered to be among the most representative of Italian design. It is distinguished by constant research and experimentation with new product forms and meanings, often set in contrast with the traditional norms of industrial design.
His unique position as an artist-cum-designer is documented in the many publications dedicated to his work, and in his participation in major institutions, including ADI – the Italian industrial design association, of which he was president from 1976 to 1979.
He has three times been awarded the Compasso d’Oro, and his art works and objects are included in the collections of several contemporary art museums.
In 1983 a major personal exhibition was held by the “Centro Studi e Archivio della Comunicazione” at the University of Parma, which conserves 8,500 designs and drawings from his archive, donated by him.
His work has also included research and design in the field of street furniture (City of Milan, revamping of Piazza del Duomo) and education, in the form of conferences and series of lectures both in Italy and abroad, including courses given at the Institute of Art History of the University of Parma, and at the faculty of Architecture of the Politecnico in Milan.
David Mellor (1930-2009), Royal Designer for Industry, was one of the best-known designers in the UK. He was unusual in combining the activities of designer, manufacturer and retailer.
His great professional expertise was in metalwork, working over a broad spectrum and designing products on both a large and a small scale. His designs ranged from street lighting and the UK national traffic signal system to one-off pieces of handmade silver and the modern stainless steel cutlery he manufactured in his own purpose-built factory.
He trained in silversmithing at the Royal College of Art in London, winning a scholarship for further study at the British Academy in Rome.
In 1969 he opened the first of his well-known kitchenware and tableware shops in Sloane Square, London. In 1973 he set up his first production workshops for cutlery in Sheffield.
Then, in 1990, he built his new factory in the Peak District National Park in Derbyshire, a rural area of outstanding natural beauty, in collaboration with the architect Sir Michael Hopkins. This factory has been described as a ‘minor masterpiece’ of modern architecture.
David Mellor’s own designs won numerous international awards, and in 1996 he received the accolade of a retrospective at the Design Museum, London.
In 2001 he was awarded the CBE by Her Majesty the Queen.
Alessandro Mendini is an architect, designer and artist, born in Milan in 1931.
He graduated in Architecture in 1959, and his first place of employment was Studio Nizzoli Associati. In 1970 he abandoned architectural design to focus on journalism, specializing, naturally, in architecture and design. He was editor of Casabella from 1970 to 1976, and the following year he founded Modo, which he led until 1979. That same year, Giò Ponti made him editor of Domus, and he held this position until 1985. 25 years later, in March 2010, he resumed his editorship of the magazine for a short period.
In the seventies, Mendini participated in many of the radical design experiences arising at the time. In 1973 he was one of the founding members of Global Tools, a group that was part of the anti-design movement, strongly opposed to tradition. In 1979 he joined Studio Alchimia, which aimed to create objects with references to popular culture and kitsch, outside the bounds of industrial production, and of their own functionality.
Together with his brother Francesco, in 1989 he opened Atelier Mendini in Milan, creating objects, furniture, spaces, paintings, installations and architecture. He works with international companies including Magis, Alessi, Philips, Cartier, Bisazza, Swatch, Hermès and Venini, and is a consultant for various industrial companies, as far away as eastern Asia, helping them solve their image and design difficulties.
He lectured in design at the Hochschule für Angewandte Kunst in Vienna, and was made honorary professor at the Academic Council of Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts in China. He has organized many exhibitions and seminars in Italy and further afield, and his works are to be found in numerous museums across the globe.
With Atelier Mendini, he worked in various countries, designing such edifices as the Alessi factories in a Omegna, the new olympic swimming pool in Trieste, a tower in Hiroshima, Japan, the museum in Groningen, Netherlands, and many other buildings in Europe and the United States. In Korea, Atelier Mendini designed the premises of the Milan Triennale in Incheon, and also developed various architectural, interior and design works in Seoul.
In 2014 he was awarded his third Compasso d’Oro for his lifetime achievements, the European Prize for Architecture 2014 in Chicago, and an honorary degree from the Academy of Fine Arts in Wroclaw, Poland.
Jasper Morrison was born in London in 1959, and graduated in Design at Kingston Polytechnic Design School, London (1979-82 BA (Des.)) and The Royal College of Art for Postgraduate studies (1982-85 MA (Des.) RCA). In 1984 he studied at Berlin’s HdK on a Scholarship. In 1986 he set up an Office for Design in London.
Today Jasper Morrison Ltd. consists of three design offices, a main office in London and two branch offices: one in Paris (opened 2002) and one in Tokyo (opened 2007). Services offered by Jasper Morrison Ltd. are wide ranging, from furniture to tableware and kitchen products, to lighting, electronics and appliance design, designs for public space and more recently watches, clocks & shoes. In 2005, he founded Super Normal with Naoto Fukasawa. June 2006 saw the first Super Normal exhibition in Tokyo. In 2009, the Jasper Morrison Limited Shop opened in London, and in 2011 his webshop was launched.
He has clients across the globe, all leaders in their individual fields. They include: Magis, Alessi, Camper, Cappellini, Flos, Rado Watch, Rosenthal, Rowenta, Samsung Electronics, Sony Design, Vitra, etc.
Marc Newson has been described as the most influential designer of his generation. He has worked across a wide range of disciplines, creating everything from furniture and household objects to bicycles and cars, private and commercial aircraft, yachts, various architectural commissions, and signature sculptural pieces for clients across the globe.
Born in Sydney, Newson spent much of his childhood travelling in Europe and Asia. Newson has lived and worked in Tokyo, Paris, and London, where he is now based, and he continues to travel widely. His clients include a broad range of the best known and most prestigious brands in the world – from manufacturing and technology to transportation, fashion and the luxury goods sector. Many of his designs have been a runaway success for his clients, and have achieved the status of modern design icons. In addition to his core business, he has also founded and run a number of successful companies, including a fine watch brand and an aerospace design consultancy, and has also held senior management positions at client companies.
Marc Newson was included in Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World, and has received numerous awards and distinctions. His work is present in many major museum collections, including the MoMA in New York, London’s Design Museum and V&A, the Centre Georges Pompidou and the Vitra Design Museum. Having set numerous records at auction, Newson’s work now accounts for almost 25% of the total contemporary design art market. Newson has been the focus of ongoing and intense interest in the media, generating significant editorial value for his clients, and he has been the subject of a number of books and documentary films.
Born in Paris in 1927, Pierre Paulin made his début in the design field in the 50s (after studying stone carving and clay modelling at the École Camondo in Paris) becoming immediately known for his iconic and innovative designs (such as his sculpture-seats Mushroom, Tongue Chair, Ribbon Chair), which to some degree anticipated the approaching social revolutions through the lifestyles they encouraged.
In the 70s he was commissioned by the French President Pompidou to fit out a series of reception rooms in the Élysée Palace, bringing modernity to this setting through his emblematic and innovative style.
In these same years, Paulin also collaborated with Le Mobilier National, renovating the Denon wing of the Louvre and various other important locations in Paris.
He was a designer with a complex personality, and has been celebrated and exhibited all over the world as a recognized master of universal design.
An architect of “imagery”, he created a style, albeit at times unwillingly, deeply marking our everyday life with his sweet, harmonic and evocative shapes and their great innovative content.
He was one of the few designers in the world who – from the 50s to the present day – has never ceased to be modern.
The last works of his 60-year-long career (Pierre Paulin died in June 2009) are low chair Flower, and the Élysée shelving system, designed for Magis, which are the fruit of a rewarding collaboration begun in 2001.
Jerszy Seymour is a designer in the broadest sense of the word. He sees design as the creation of situations, as the general relationship we have with the built world, the natural world, other people and ourselves, and thus it is as much about the inhabitation of the planet as the inhabitation of the mind. His goal is the transformation of reality, guided by constant humour, a tainted sense of poetry and the idea of the NON-GESAMT GESAMTKUNSTWERK. His work spans from playing with industrial and post-industrial produced objects, actions, interventions and installations, covering a range of media and materials, all the way to film, performance, music and writing.
He was born in Berlin in 1968 and grew up in London, where he studied at South Bank Polytechnic (1987 – 1990) before taking Industrial Design at the Royal College of Art (1991 – 1993). Shortly after this he moved to Milan and started working on his own independent projects. In 2004, Seymour moved to Berlin where he founded the Jerszy Seymour Design Workshop, and embarked upon a series of conceptual projects seeking to revitalize the position of design within society.
These and other ongoing experimental and conceptual projects form the central thrust of his work. Parallel to this, he has also designed products and strategies for companies including Magis, Vitra and Alessi. Seymour’s work has been exhibited in many museums worldwide, including the Design Museum in London, the Vitra Design Museum in Basel and Berlin, and the Palais de Tokyo. His work can be found in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the ‘Fonds National d’Art Contemporain’, France, the Centre Pompidou, Paris, the MAK in Vienna and the ‘Musée d´Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean’ in Luxembourg. As an integral part of his workshop philosophy, he teaches and holds workshops at the Royal College of Art in London, the Domus Academy in Milan, the ECAL in Lausanne, etc.
“Subversive, ethical, ecological, political, fun: this is how I see my duty as a creator.” Philippe Starck. Despite his thousands of projects – completed or in the making – his global fame and his tireless protean inventiveness, we must never forget the essential. Philippe Starck has a mission and a vision: creation, whatever shape it takes, must make life better for the largest number of people possible. Starck believes this highly poetic, political, rebellious, benevolent, pragmatic and subversive duty must be borne by all, and he resumes it with the humour that has accompanied his approach since the earliest days: “No one is obliged to be a genius, but everyone has to take part.”
His anticipatory concern for environmental implications, his profound comprehension of contemporary mutations, his enthusiasm for imagining new lifestyles, his determination to change the world, his devotion to a positive reduction, his love of ideas, his desire to defend the intelligence of usefulness – and the usefulness of intelligence – have accompanied one iconic creation after another… From everyday products such as furniture and lemon squeezers, to revolutionary mega-yachts, micro wind-turbines, electric cars, and hotels that aspire to be wondrous, stimulating and intensely vibrant places, Starck never ceases to push the boundaries and criteria of contemporary design.
His technological miracles are vectors of democratic ecology, focused on action and a respect for the future of both humans and nature. Predicting the phenomena of convergence and dematerialisation, Philippe Starck has always devised objects that demand the most from the least. The solutions provided by his dreams are so vital, so essential that he was the first Frenchman to be invited to the legendary TED (Technology, Entertainment & Design) talks, conferences that have brought together such illustrious speakers as Bill Clinton and Richard Branson. Inventor, creator, architect, designer, artistic director… Philippe Starck is all of the above, but above all he is a man of honesty, in the purest tradition of the Renaissance artists.
Andries Van Onck (born in 1928 in Amsterdam) studied Industrial Design in the Netherlands before attending the Hochschule für Gestaltung in Ulm, with Tomas Maldonado, Walter Zeischegg and Max Bill.
He has lived in Italy since 1959, and worked with Ettore Sottsass Jr. on the design of the first Olivetti electronic machines.
Hiroko Takeda (born in 1945) graduated from the Tokyo Academy.
From 1968 until 1972 she worked with various Japanese firms in the furnishing arena.
She has lived and worked in Italy since 1972, with Andries Van Onck.
In 1965 Andries founded his own design studio in Milan (now in Gavirate near Varese) where, with his wife Hiroko Takeda, he has developed numerous design projects for companies in Italy and abroad, and received many awards for them: from domestic appliances for Zanussi and Bertazzoni to intercom and video intercom systems for Amplyvox, from cutlery for Serafino Zani to interior design accessories for Magis, and so on.
Andries and Hiroko van Onck have taken part in numerous international exhibitions and their products are included in the permanent design collections of various museums around the world.
Both have published articles and books on design and design theory, and have lectured at major European universities.
Marcel Wanders (Boxtel, 1963) graduated with honours from the Hogeschool voor de Kunsten (ArtEZ Institute of the Arts) in Arnhem in 1988. In 1995 he opened his studio in Amsterdam, quickly coming to worldwide attention in 1996 for his iconic Knotted Chair, which paired high-tech materials with ‘low-tech’ production methods.
Today Marcel is a prolific product and interior designer and art director, with over 1700 projects to his name for private clients and premium brands such as Magis, Alessi, Bisazza, KLM, Flos, Swarovski, Puma, and scores of others.
Regarded by many as an anomaly in the design world, Marcel has made it his mission to “create an environment of love, live with passion and make our most exciting dreams come true”. His work excites, provokes, and polarises, but never fails to surprise due to its ingenuity, daring and singular quest to uplift the human spirit, and entertain.
In his designs, Marcel often mixes innovative materials and techniques with references to well known historical styles and archetypes, so users can easily connect to the pieces, enjoying them for a long time and in doing so create sustainable surroundings.
Marcel’s chief concern is to bring the human touch back to design, ushering in what he calls design’s ‘new age;’ in which designer, craftsperson and user are reunited. In his process, Marcel defies design dogma, preferring instead of focus on holistic rather than technocratic solutions. In Marcel’s universe, the coldness of industrialism is replaced by the poetry, fantasy and romance of different ages, vividly brought to life in the contemporary moment.
In 2001 Marcel co-founded the successful design label Moooi, of which he is also Art Director. Interior projects have become increasingly important in Marcel’s work, embraced because they enable him to envelop people in multi-layered, sensory experiences.
Many of Marcel’s designs have been selected for the most important design collections and exhibitions in the world, including the Museums of Modern Art in New York and San Francisco, the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, and the Boijmans van Beuningen Museum in Rotterdam.
Marcello Ziliani was born in Brescia in 1963 under the sign of Pisces.
In 1988 he graduated in architecture at Politecnico di Milano with Achille Castiglioni as a speaker (and teacher unmatched).
After three years abroad, he returned to Italy and devoted himself mainly to developing projects for the design of furniture, complement, lighting, bathroom, office, objects and early childhood, working in addition to exhibitions, theatrical scenographer, art direction, design coordination, graphics and communication. He doesn’t like the absolutism and the indestructible certainties, he loves to look at things with always different eyes to be in tune with them, he prefers to speak softly and, above all, listen.
He believes that any project is, after all, a desire, a hope of flight.
He believes that, despite the great run you can do waving your arms uselessly, sooner or later you can have your ten meters of gliding.
Like all the designers, more or less, he put aside the minimum necessary equipment of prizes and awards, he has given lectures, workshops, he served on juries, he took part in exhibitions etc..
Since 2011 he’s a professor of product design at the University of San Marino / IUAV