Anna Torfs (Born 1967)
Born and trained in Belgium, Anna Torfs studied interior design at the Sint-Lukas School for Architecture in Brussels before moving at a young age to the Czech Republic to work with the finest Bohemian glassmakers. She launched her own collection in 2002 and is known for her extraordinary use of color and powerfully minimal designs. The ability of glass to capture, reflect, and absorb light is the central theme in Torfs’ work. All of her pieces are handmade. She has collaborated to develop new techniques, bringing fresh and surprising creations to an old tradition. Cutting through the object like an anatomist, Torfs reveals layer after layer to show how an object is built. Unconventional cutting techniques reveal the contrast between the vibrant center and the sober skin of her objects.
Fernando Campana (Born 1961) and Humberto Campana (Born 1953)
Founded in 1983 in Sao Paulo by brothers Fernando and Humberto Campana, Estudio Campana became known for furniture design and creating intriguing objects. The practice grew to include interior design, architecture, landscaping, scenography, fashion, artistic partnerships, and more. The Campana’s work incorporates ideas of transformation and reinvention and integrates craftsmanship into mass production. Their design is characterized in part by its very Brazilian characteristics—colors, mixtures, creative chaos, and the triumph of simple solutions. Campana pieces are included in the permanent collections of the Centre Pompidou, The Museum of Modern Art (New York), the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, the Museum of Modern Art (Sao Paulo), and the Vitra Design Museum. Awards include Designer of the Year from Design Miami in 2008 and Designers of the Year Maison & Objet in 2012. Also in 2012 they were selected for the Comité Colbert Prize, honored at Beijing Design Week, received the Order of Cultural Merit in Brazil, and were awarded the Order of Arts and Letters by the Minister of Culture in France. In 2014 Wallpaper* ranked them among the top one hundred major players in design.
Ivan Baj (born 1957)
Ivan Baj, founded-owner and art director of Arcade, has nurtured a grand passion for Murano vases since 1980, and he expresses himself through the design of these precious objects. Arcade produces a large and varied collection of vases and decorative objects crafted in Murano as unique or limited-edition pieces. The Arcade vases are created by several world-renowned designers in addition to Baj—Laura de Santillana, Paola Navone, Marcello Panza, Laurent Corio, Tomita Kazuhiko, Tomoko Mizu, Stefano Gaggero, and Antonio Caggianelli—and they are jewels in the Murano glassware segment. Today, Arcade vases can be seen in numerous museums and art galleries, as well as in the most prestigious home furnishings shops around the world.
Jakub Berdych (Born 1971)
Jakub Berdych is a sculptor and designer and is cofounder of the Qubus Design Studio, established in 2002 and based in Prague. Berdych focuses primarily on conceptual work in traditional Czech materials such as glass and porcelain. His work spans products and comprehensive collections known both locally and abroad, including the reconstruction of the interior of St. Bartholomew’s Church in Chodovice, Czech Republic and installations in the Moss Gallery in New York and in London’s Mint Gallery. In addition to conceptual and product design, Berdych focuses on implementations in the field of interior architecture and fine arts. He is the artistic director of the gallery shop Dox, which is run by Qubus Design Studio and offers a distinct selection of design and applied arts. The shop is located within the contemporary art gallery Dox in Prague.
Marcel Wanders (Born 1963)
Marcel Wanders graduated 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, Wanders’s studio numbers around fifty international design specialists, and he is a prolific product and interior designer and art director, with over 1,700 projects to his name. Wanders often mixes innovative materials and techniques with references to well-known historical styles and archetypes. Clients have included Alessi, Bisazza, KLM, Flos, Swarovski, and Puma. In 2001 Wanders cofounded the design label Moooi, for which he is also art director. He was selected as one of Europe’s “25 leaders of change” by Business Week, awarded Designer of the Year in 2006 by Elle Décor, and received the Philadelphia Museum of Art's modern design collaborative award, Collab, and the Design Excellence Award in 2009.
Max Ingrand (1908–1969)
A renowned French master glass worker and decorator who was awarded the French Legion of Honour, Max Ingrand was particularly known for his stained glass. He produced many important works in France and abroad for religious buildings, hotels, and public places, including forty-three stained glass windows for the Nôtre Dame du Pré at Le Mans Cathedral, some of the windows of the Chenonceau Castle, and his stained glass work for the Normandie transatlantic liner. Ingrand was the artistic director of FontanaArte for a decade, beginning in 1954. During that time, he came up with true design classics, such as the Fontana table lamp, still one of the company’s best-selling products. Ingrand studied at the School of Fine Arts in Paris, where he specialized in the decorative arts under the guidance of major artists such as Jacques Grüber and Charles Lemaresquier.
Nao Tamura (Born 1976)
Nao Tamura is a designer in the most modern terms. Her talents cross over cultures, languages, disciplines, concepts, and styles with the consistency of smart thinking always at the heart of her work. She is truly global in her insights and execution. She is a product of the creative communities in both Tokyo and New York City. Her solutions in the worlds of 2-D and 3-D have an uncanny ability to find that emotional connection with the audience. Nao defies the kind of categorization that the industry status quo often insists upon. Her unique solutions are more than simply design—her works exhibit a rare balance of innovation and beauty.
Naoto Fukasawa (Born 1956)
Naoto Fukasawa’s designs have garnered more than fifty awards in Europe and the United States. He was born in Yamanashi prefecture, Japan, and graduated from Tama Art University's product design department in art and 3D design in 1980. Until 1988, Fukasawa worked as a designer at Seiko-Epson. In 1989, he left Japan for the United States where he joined the company ID two, then a small office in San Francisco. That office was the predecessor of IDEO, which has grown to 450 employees in several cities nationally and internationally. Fukasawa returned to Japan and helped set up IDEO there in 1996. In 2003 he established his own firm, naoto fukasawa design, in Tokyo. He is a lecturer in the product design departments at Musashino Art University and Tama Art University in Tokyo and a member of the advisory board of the Japanese company MUJI.
Oki Sato (Born 1977)
Oki Sato received his master’s degree in architecture from Waseda University, Tokyo, in 2002. He established his design studio, Nendo, the same year. His activity in the design world is wide ranging: graphic and product design; designing furniture, installations, windows, and interiors; and even forays into architectural territory. Sato was chosen as among “The 100 Most Respected Japanese” by Newsweek and awarded “Designer of the Year” by both Wallpaper and Elle Décor magazines. His designs can be found in The Museum of Modern Art (New York), the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, and Centre Pompidou. In Japanese, Nendo means free-form clay, which is a soft, fluid substance symbolic of the flexibility with which the design team executes projects. Nendo's design concept reflects a specific aim: to inspire. The studio philosophy stems from recognizing those “!” moments within the everyday that enrich life and make it more interesting. For Nendo, the simplest ideas and the smallest designs create the most unusual experiences. The narrative of each piece is also important; these stories are, in fact, the starting point for most projects.
Omer Arbel (born 1976)
Based in Vancouver and Berlin, Omer Arbel explores the intrinsic mechanical, physical, and chemical qualities of materials as fundamental departure points for making work. His interdisciplinary practice spans multiple scales and cultural-economic contexts to include architecture, industrial design, materials research, sculpture, invention, and high-craft manufacturing. Arbel’s work has been exhibited at the Victoria and Albert Museum, Spazio Rossana Orlandi, Mallett, Monte Clark Gallery, and Dimore Gallery. He is the recipient of the 2010 Ronald J. Thom Award for Early Design Achievement and the 2015 Royal Architectural Institute of Canada Allied Arts Medal. Arbel is the founder of Omer Arbel Office (OAO) and creative director of Bocci.
Sebastian Herkner (Born 1981)
Sebastian Herkner was born in Bad Mergentheim. He studied product design at the HfG Offenbach am Main (Offenbach University of Art and Design), focusing on designing objects and furniture merging various cultural contexts, combining new technologies with traditional craftsmanship to highlight the multifaceted beauty of the materials and draw renewed attention to small details. While still a student, Herkner completed an internship with Stella McCartney, which helped hone his feeling for materials, colors, structures, and textures. Since founding his own design studio in Offenbach am Main in 2006, he has designed products for manufacturers such as ClassiCon, Dedon, FontanaArte, La Chance, Moroso, Pulpo, Rosenthal, and Very Wood, as well as working on interior design projects and for exhibitions and museums. Since 2007 he has taught several courses at HfG Offenbach am Main as a visiting lecturer. His designs have received multiple prizes, among them the 2011 German Design Award in the Newcomer category, the EDIDA Award for Best International Newcomer in 2015, and Guest of Honor at imm cologne 2016.
Tadao Ando (Born 1941)
Tadao Ando is one of the most renowned contemporary Japanese architects. Characteristics of his work include large expanses of unadorned architectural concrete walls combined with wooden or stone floors and large windows. Active natural elements, like sun, rain, and wind are a distinctive inclusion to his style. He has designed many notable buildings, including Row House in Sumiyoshi, Osaka, 1976, which garnered him the Annual Prize of the Architectural Institute of Japan in 1979; Church of the Light, Osaka, 1989; Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, St. Louis, 2001; Armani Teatro, Milan, 2001; Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 2002; and 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT, Tokyo, 2007. Among his many awards are: Gold Medal of Architecture, Academie d'Architecture (French Academy of Architecture) in 1989, the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 1995, Gold Medal of the American Institute of Architects in 2002, and Gold Medal of Union Internationale des Architectes in 2005. Ando is an honorary member of the American Institute of Architects, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Royal Academy of Arts. He has been a visiting professor at Yale, Columbia, Harvard, and University of California Berkeley.
Todd Bracher (born 1974)
Todd Bracher designs furniture and architecture and is known for his highly reductive approach to design. He is a New York City–based designer who spent a decade working in Copenhagen, Milan, Paris, and London before returning to New York in 2007. Over the past twenty years, Bracher has collaborated with some of the most prestigious brands around the world, with experiences ranging from heading Tom Dixon’s design studio, acting as the Professor of Design at l’ESAD in Reims, France, serving as creative director of the Scandinavian luxury brand Georg Jensen, and cofounding the experimental collaboration to22. Bracher has been hailed as “America’s Next Great Designer” by the New York Daily News and received nominations for Designer of the Year in 2008 and 2009. Bracher holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial design from Pratt Institute and a master’s degree in interior and furniture design from Denmark’s Design School in Copenhagen.
Tokujin Yoshioka (Born 1967)
Japanese designer and artist Tokujin Yoshioka established Tokujin Yoshioka Inc. in 2000. His works transcend the boundaries of product design, architecture, and exhibition installation, and are highly valued as art. Among his representative works are the paper chair “Honey-pop,” “PANE chair,” “VENUS – Natural crystal chair,” and “Stellar” for the Swarovski Crystal Palace. “Water Block” is permanently exhibited in Musée d'Orsay. Yoshioka designed Swarovski’s flagship store in Ginza and a number of boutiques for Issey Miyake. He has collaborated with companies such as Hermès, BMW, Toyota, and Lexus. Many of his works are in museum collections, including The Museum of Modern Art (New York), Centre Pompidou, Victoria and Albert Museum, Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, and Vitra Design Museum. His many awards include: Mainichi Design Award, 2001; Design Miami, Designer of the Year, 2007; Elle Deco International Design Awards (EDIDA) Designer of the Year, 2009; Tokyo Design & Art Environmental Awards Artist of the Year 2010; and Maison & Objet Creator of the Year 2012. His books are TOKUJIN DESIGN, Tokujin Yoshioka Design, Invisible Forms, and TOKUJIN YOSHIOKA.
Tord Boontje (born 1968)
Tord Boontje’s work is evidence of his strong interest in storytelling, nature, decoration, materials, and technology. While he continually experiments, with results that vary from ornate to minimal and from handcrafted to made by robots, his work is known for his expression of romanticism in contemporary design and his ability to connect with strong emotions, even with designs that are whimsical and light-hearted. Boontje is originally from the Netherlands and his education at the Eindhoven Design Academy and the Royal College of Art in London set the foundations for Studio Tord Boontje. Established in` 1996, the studio has worked with international companies on a range of products that includes lighting, graphic identity, textiles, ceramics, site-specific installations, and furniture. An interest in social issues grew into several projects with artisans in developing countries. Boontje was a professor and Head of Design Products at the Royal College of Art, London, from 2009 through 2013. His work is in major museum collections such as the Victoria and Albert Museum and The Museum of Modern Art (New York).
Nendo (Oki Sato)