Arne Jacobsen Denmark (1902-1971)
Born and raised in Copenhagen, Arne Jacobsen first hoped to become a painter, but was admitted to the Architecture School at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in 1924. He studied under Kay Fisker and Kaj Gottlob, both leading architects and designers.
As early as 1925 the talented architect student was awarded an impressive silver medal for the Paris Chair, which was his very first piece of furniture at the world exhibition in Paris. On that trip, he was struck by the pioneering aesthetic of Le Corbusier’s L’Esprit Nouveau pavillon. He also became acquainted with the rationalist architecture of Mies van der Rohe and Walter Gropius. Their work influenced his early designs including his graduation project, an art gallery, which won him a gold medal.
In 1929, only two years after his graduation from the Architecture School, the 27-year old Arne Jacobsen won the first prize for an ultramodernistic concept for “The House of the Future '' at The Building and Housing Exhibition of the Academic Architects’ Association in Copenhagen. The house was built for the exhibition, and it established Arne Jacobsen as one of the most visionary and progressive Danish architects at the time. At the same time, the house was the first example of actual modernistic architecture in Denmark. It was a spiral-shaped, flat roofed house in glass and concrete, incorporating a private garage, a boathouse and a helicopter pad.
Bertrand Lajoly Belgium
After studying at the École supérieure des arts Saint-Luc in Liège and several years of work experience in Germany and Italy, Bertrand Lejoly joined in 2013 Belgian architect Vincent Van Duysen as Head of Product Design. In 2018 he founded the Bertrand Lejoly Design Studio, based in Antwerp.
He describes his style as ‘refined simplicity’. His objects walk the boundary between an expressive yet subtle design language. He especially likes to play with elements that are engraved in the collective memory to create timeless items for everyday use.
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CMP Design Italy
CMP Design is the design team of Michele Cazzaniga, Simone Mandelli and Antonio Pagliarulo. CMP develops its own design methodology based on dialogue with all stakeholders in the production process: from the workers and technicians to the business owners and end users. The trio's synergistic skills in many different aspects of the design process has led to much multi-disciplinary success.
The collaboration with Pedrali has led to several international accolades: the 2019 ADI Design Index award for the Tribeca armchair, the 2018 German Design Award special mention for the Osaka chair, and the 2016 Iconic Award and the 2016 German Design Award for the Nolita chair.
Marc Sadler France
One of the first graduates in industrail aesthetics at ENSAD in Paris, Marc Sadler is a pioneer in experimentation with materials and cross-pollination between technologies, traits now regarded as distinctive of his work. The eclectic nature of Sadler's designs have led to high demand for his consulting services in a wide range of industrial sectors. A winner of four Compasso d'Oro, one Menzione d’Onore and two ADI Selezioni awards, he has also received many other accolades at the international level over the years.
Yuzuru Yamakawa Japan
Yuzuru Yamakawa's father started a rattan company in 1952 to create jobs for Yuzuru's two brothers who were both hearing impaired. While helping his father run the company, Yuzuru studied at design school at night. His efforts and talent made Yamakawa Rattan grow to become a world-renowned producer of design-oriented rattan furniture.
With his designs admired by the Japanese and European markets alike, the pieces he produced over a 40-year design career have stood the test of time. His passion for the rattan material is evident in his designs, which are not only beautiful but functional, with an emphasis on ergonomics.
Yuzuru was the co-winner of the Governor of Tokyo Prize in 1954, the a co-winner of the gold medal at the Milan Triennale in 1957, and one of his designs was selected for the permanent collection of New York's Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in 1964.
Patrick Norguet France
After completing his design studies at the ESDI Higher School of Design in Barcelona, Patrick Norguet designed retail and event spaces for Yves Saint-Laurent, Louis Vuitton, and Renault.
Thanks to his observation of context, analytical approach to constraints, and respect for customs, he has built solid relationships with manufacturers of objects, lighting, furniture, and more. In 2000, his Rainbow Chair gave him international visibility that led him to open his studio in Paris. He was soon designing for the titans of European furniture, such as Bernhardt, Artifort, Offecct, Capdell, Pedrail, and Tolix, among others.
Patrick Norguet's global projects span such concepts as innovative McDonald's restaurants and the new French hotel concept Okko. From the design process through industrial production, Patrick Norguet has demonstrated the responsibility of the designer as a change agent for the human environment.
Xavier Pauchard France (1880-1948)
Born in Burgundy, France in 1880, Xavier Pauchard is the son and grandson of zinc roofers. He founded a factory producing household items that integrated a major innovation: the use of hot-dip galvanizing. This technique protects iron items from oxidation by dipping them in a bath of molten zinc.
Passionate about metal, he took years to perfect his mastery of iron and steel, until he could make it into any shape he desired. A visionary, he designed pieces of standard furniture to be practical, modular and marketable. In 1908, he registered a trademark for his metal furniture company and Tolix was born.
In 1927, he created the iconic A Chair, followed by other pieces such as Chair T37, the KUB table and many more. Xavier's sons followed him into the business and designed other pieces such as Table 55 and Armchair A56. Xavier's influence is still felt today. The A Chair is part of the collections of the MoMA in New York, the Pompidou Centre in Paris and the Vitra design collection in Weil am Rhein in Germany.
Franco Albini Italy (1905-1977)
Franco Albini was an Italian architect and designer, renowned for merging modern, minimalist furniture design with traditional Italian craftsmanship. In his creations he used raw, inexpensive materials. He had great success in the 1950s when he created a range of distinguished furniture designs, including the famous and fashionable rattan chairs that remain on permanent exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) in New York. During his distinguished career, Albini won three Compasso D'Oro awards, the most prestigious Italian design prize.
Several Albini designs, including his eponymous ottoman and the Belladonna sofa, were licensed by Sika Design and brought back into production. His elegant designs hold up in today's minimalist aesthetic.
byKATO is a Danish design company established by Karl Rüdiger Rossell and Tonny Glismand in 2010. They are dedicated to creating contemporary, highly-usable products for everyday living. Their goal is to bridge the gap between commercial design and quality craftsmanship, combining only the best raw materials with the utmost attention to detail.
Their work is recognizable as modern Scandinavian design – airy, fluid, muted colors, and a less-is-more approach. byKATO's brand of craftsmanship requires heart and soul as well as true passion for design.
Jean Pauchard France (1913-2009)
Born in 1913, Jean Pauchard is the grandson of Xavier Pauchard, the founder of Tolix. At the death of his father in 1948, he became the company CEO and created new pieces of furniture that were still rooted in the family's iconic history of design.
Jean's made his own name in the 1930s with the 55 Table's robust solidity and immediately-recognizable tapered legs in 100% steel. The 55 Table has successfully traversed the years and is still an elegant and timeless reference in the design world.
In 1956, Jean designed an arm chair to go with the Chaise A chair by his father. Based on the Chaise A, he named the arm chair A56. Over 50 years later, the A56 arm chair is one of the most influential metal furniture pieces of our time.
Nanna Ditzel Denmark (1923-2005)
Famed Danish designer Nanna Ditzel studied at the Danish School of Arts and Crafts and the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen. Her works include furniture, cabinetmaking, jewelry, tableware and textiles. The diversity of her artistic interest is evident in her fashionable furniture designs.
Ditzel’s experimental approach to materials and form resulted in many icons of modern design. She designed the critically-acclaimed hanging egg chair with her husband Jørgen Ditzel in 1959. In 1968, she moved to London where she established the Interspace International Furniture and Design Centre, an institution which developed a reputation as a center for experimental design. Ditzel returned to Denmark in 1986 and opened a combined design studio and furniture workshop in Copenhagen.
Sika Design received the Cologne Furniture Fair's Innovation award in 2013 for relaunching the three-legged "Rana" chair.
Pawlak & Stawarski Poland
Bartlomiej Pawlak and Lukasz Stawarski both graduated from the University of the Arts in Poznan, Poland, with a degree in Industrial Design and have stayed on as academic staff at their alma mater. Owners at the PAWLAK & STAWARSKI studio, they produce projects in industrial design, furniture design, graphics, interiors and exhibitions. In their work, they combine their different personalities and individual experiences. Their projects are set apart by the originality of their solutions and great attention to function and detail. They have received numerous awards for their work both in Poland and abroad.
Pauline Deltour France
Born in Landerneau, France, Pauline Deltour opened her very own office in Paris, in 2011. Distinguished by being both severe and delicate, its designs reflect a vocabulary which is characteristic of her own personality. Her precise hand, neat lines, carefully selected materials and colour ranges, and the way in which they come together, form the individual identity of this French designer’s work. Emblematic, hard-hitting seduction is achieved through rare qualities which are as elemental to the design as they are challenging to implement. Expanding her focus, Pauline is now exploring possibilities on every scale, from small individual pieces right through to complete interior architecture.
Allen Noddebo Denmark
White still a student at The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts School of Architecture, Design and Conservation, Allen Noddebo established Studio Noddebo in 2011 to address and explore products' fundamental ideas. With great enthusiasm, professionalism and diligence, Noddebo has created furniture that balances observation and function, aesthetic and emotion.
Noddebo's style is clean, honest and user-oriented. He defines and analyses the DNA of a given object with the aim to create pieces that improve your everyday life, indefinitely. He states, "One of my greatest influences is when I go to flea markets. I always find objects from another decade that remind me about how people used to live. It makes me reflect on the way we live today and understand the objects that surround us in a new perspective. It's very useful and often inspires me to think in new directions."
Alain Gilles Belgium
The Brussels-based designer Alain Gilles did not follow a standard route. After studying Political Science and Marketing Management he first discovered the ins and outs of the financial world. Still, after a few years, he decided to go down a new path and, with moral support from his wife, to study industrial design in France. Design became his second life.
In 2007, he founded his own studio where he has been realizing his own dreams ever since. Several of his products have been awarded with international prizes, such as the Henry Van De Velde Label, the Design for Asia Golden Award, the "Red Dot Best of the Best" for the Welded table and the Good Design Award for the Big Table. In 2012, he was named "designer of the year" by Interieur Kortrijk and Knack / Le Vif Weekend.
Oleg Pugachev Germany
Oleg Pugachev studied product design at the Berlin Weißensee School of Art. After graduating in 2013, he worked for internationally-active design and architecture companies as well as on independent projects in the field of furniture and lighting design. Pugachev set up his own design studio in 2015 and his own furniture brand, Berlin-based OSW, in 2018 with master cabinet maker Johannes Grune. The Fala collection for Poland's century-old furniture maker, Fameg, showcases robust design with whimsical and graceful lines.
Studio Segers Belgium
Product designers Wim and Bob Segers from studio segers start from a no-nonsense approach. Each design follows a design logic in which the processing of product requirements is translated into distinctly characterful entities. With respect for context, sustainable use of materials, and a high level of aesthetics, they strive to make quality furnishings for the discerning consumer. The challenge is to design products which are pure and honest and transcend fleeting trends, with attention to detail and refined simplicity being essential.
Strand+Hvass is a modern, award-winning design studio founded in 1998 by the Danish duo of Christina Strand and Niels Hvass. They believe that design itself is a strategy that can improve the conditions of human life, the environment, and personal experiences. With their user-centered designs that are deeply rooted in Scandinavian culture, they take pride in creating unique products for the benefit of both industry and consumers.
Strand+Hvass's furniture designs are immediately recognizable for their economy of lines, modern simplicity, and ultimate utility. Working with Danish furniture company Cane-line, they have created highly functional outdoor pieces to suit your modern tastes.
Dominika & Pawel Buck Poland
Architects Dominika Buck and Pawel Buck founded a multi-disciplinary design studio that has been recognized with numerous awards. They specialize in developing concepts and strategies for public spaces intended for catering, restaurant, and hospitality services. The studio prepares projects in Poland and abroad. The Buck duo are proud designers of such illustrious spaces as the Nanan Patisserie, the Dinette Bistro, and the Campo Restaurant, the latter having received a prize for the best restaurant-interior design in the world in London in the year 2018. Working with the century-old Polish furniture maker Fameg, many of their designs are now available to the wider public.
Viggo Boesen Denmark (1907-1985)
Viggo Boesen was a Danish architect, designer and maker whose inspiring, imaginative designs made him unique, and put him among the designers of the “Danish golden age”. The most essential elements in his work were the use of rattan and different upholsteries, that gave a light and organic touch for his furniture and other designs. Two of his best known pieces are the awarded rattan Fox chair, which was made of rattan and released in 1936, and Little Petra which was initially introduced in 1938 which won instant praise at the Copenhagen Cabinetmakers Guild Exhibition.
Foersom & Hiort-Lorenzen Denmark
Johannes Foersom and Peter Hiort-Lorenzen have more than 35 years of experience with furniture design, product design, and design consulting. Their goal is to create long-lasting value and to stimulate healthy development for people and their surroundings. They strive toward the highest possible quality in cooperation, process and product, and believe that knowledge and innovation are fundamental.
They have worked with Cane-line and many of the world's most distinguished modern furniture brands, winning dozens of prestigious prizes and grants along the way. Their work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, the Danish Museum of Decorative Arts, the International Design Museum Munich, and many others.
Jun Yasumoto France
Born in Tokyo, with both French and Japanese nationalities, Jun Yasumoto lives and works in Paris. After graduating from ENSCI (Paris) in 2001, Jun began collaborating with Jasper Morrison Office for Design, working on the development of numerous furniture, product, lighting and tableware design projects. He has also developed his independent career, working with clients such as Marcel By, Ligne Roset, Arc International, Kohler Group, JIA Inc and Industry Plus.
Jun's furniture designs are truly modern, replete with lines that carry the eye across an entire piece. His work makes for frequent features in modern furniture press, making him one of the hottest modern furniture designers and carrying on a legacy of modern European furniture design.
Gian Franco Legler Switzerland
Born in Switzerland in 1922, Gian Franco Legler has a fascinating life history spanning architecture, interior design, and industrial materials.
When the Swiss-Italian designer was commissioned to design a chair in 1951 for the Basket Restaurant in Italy, he contracted with the local basket weavers to manufacturers for the first chairs. The chair became a success around the world and in 1953, Legler was awarded the Good Design Award for the Basket Chair by the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York.
Feelgood Designs carries on his legacy, producing a simple chair of exceptional comfort.
Fabian Schwaerzler Switzerland
The Swiss designer Fabian Schwaerzler first completed an apprenticeship as a metalworker and then studied industrial design at the University of the Arts in Zurich. From 2003 to 2005 he worked as an assistant to Maarten Van Severen in the designer's studio in Ghent, Belgium.
In 2006, Fabian founded his own design studio in Zurich, where he develops a wide range of products. His most important works in recent years include the wristwatch L1 for Maurice de Mauriac (2014), the chair C1 for Colos (2016) and the table Nilo for Tossa (2018).
A multiple-year nominee for the Design Prize Switzerland, Fabian's works have garnered international attention.
Alban Le Henry France
A graduate of the acclaimed ENSCI (National School of Industrial Creation) in Paris, Alban Le Henry is a designer and a modern artist. For many years at the beginning of his career he assisted the Bouroullec brothers, whose studio was his second school. Launching his own design studio in 2007, he has embraced a wide variety of projects that have landed him in Elle Magazine, Architectural Digest, Air France Magazine, and many more.
Collaborating with Colos, he has created a line of solid, polypropylene chairs and stools that are simple and stunning, at home in fine art galleries and modern bistros.
Dondoli & Pocci Italy
Claudio Dondoli and Marco Pocci are originally from Colle d'Elsa, Italy, where their Archirivolto studio still has its head office today. Dondoli and Pocci met in Florence at the university faculty of architecture. In 1983, they opened an industrial planning and architecture studio, which since 1989 has been working exclusively on industrial design.
One of the main objectives of the Archirivolto studio is maximizing the quality-to-price ratio, searching for the most innovative materials and processes to allow for the best result for their design's end user. Dondoli and Pocci's studio has been working with Pedrali for many years across a variety of product lines to great success.
Welling Ludvik Denmark
Hee Welling of Denmark and Gudmundur Ludvik of Iceland both have deep roots in the Scandinavian design and crafts tradition. They met at the Danish Design School in Copenhagen and have since been sharing a studio. In 2010 they founded Welling/Ludvik to combine their efforts and improve their design even further.
Comfort, materials, construction, pricing and environment are all defining factors in the Welling/Ludvik approach to design. The renowned duo always seeks to maximize the potential of modern manufacturing in their designs in order to achieve pieces that benefit the user while respecting the environment.
Eugeni Quitllet Spain
Eugeni Quitllet hails from Ibiza and graduated from the Llotja Art School of Barcelona. He defines himself as disoñador, a neologism of designer and soñador, meaning "dreamer" in Spanish. His activity is mainly aimed at the world of industrial design and his creations are characterized by the combination of elegance and sinuosity. His gaze is oriented to the future, which leads to the creation of object-sculptures playing on the empty-full contrast.
Quitllet has received numerous awards and recognitions at international level, such as the Good Design Award, the Red Dot Design Award, the German Design Award, the special mention of the Compasso d'Oro and, in 2016, the designation of Designer of the Year on the occasion of Maison & Objet.
Odo Fioravanti Italy
Odoardo Fioravanti studied industrial design at the Design Department of the Milan Polytechnic. Since 2003, he has been working as an industrial designer and also experimenting with graphic and exhibition design.
His objects have been featured in many international exhibitions, most notably the personal exhibition "Industrious Design" held in 2010 at the Design Museum of the Triennale di Milano. In 2011, he won the Compasso d’Oro Prize ADI. He also works as a freelance journalist for design magazines trying to explore and to change the boundaries of design as a discipline.
Dennis Abalos Australia