Designers

  • ACHILLE CASTIGLIONI

    « His secret was to place a familiar object in an unexpected place » 

    Achille Castiglioni is an Italian designer/architect who graduated from The Polytechnic School in Milan. After his studies, he joined the studio belonging to his two brothers, Livio and Pier Giacomo in Milan. Together, they developed projects to aid with the recovery of Italian manufacturers after the war. 

  • ARNE JACOBSEN

    « Functional Scandinavian design with simple and elegant shapes. »

    Arne Jacobsen is a Danish architect born on the 11 of February 1902.

    After training at the Technical College of Copenhagen, he then attended the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts where he studied architecture. In 1930, he created his own agency where he focused on different architecture, decoration, furniture, textile and ceramics projects.

  • BETHAN GRAY

    Bethan Gray, interior designer and furniture designer, was born in 1977 in Cardiff, Wales. After studying at De Montfort University in Leicester, Gray was spotted by Tom Dixon who awarded her the prestigious ‘New Designers Prize’ for furniture that she had exhibited. Following this public recognition, she secured a job at the famous online merchant, Habitat, for whom she quickly became head of design.

  • BKF STORE

    The creative team of BKF Store projects this design’s icon into a modern and metropolitan contest, bringing into a new and original paradigm that make it perfect for any place and life’s moment. Extraordinary customizable without losing the important legacy that the original Austral project left in it.

  • BORGE MOGENSEN

    « Precursor of functionalism »

    Born in 1924, Mogensen started off by training to become a cabinetmaker.

    After studying at the School of Arts and Crafts in Copenhagen, he studied architecture at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts. He worked in several design studios in the Danish capital. His style profoundly influenced Danish design and allowed him to gain international recognition.

  • CHARLES AND RAY EAMES

    « The revolutionary couple. » 

    Charles Eames was born in 1907. He started his architecture degree in 1925 at the University of Saint Louis in Washington. He stopped his studies 2 years later to work as a worker in a factory that produced furniture.

  • CHARLES EDOUARD LE CORBUSIER

    Le Corbusier was born in Neuchâtel, Switzerland, in 1887.

    He initially trained as an engraver and turned to architecture in  1904.

    Le Corbusier has had a deep influence on twentieth century architecture and design. With Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Walter Gropius, Alvar Aalto and Theo van Doesburg he personifies the modern movement.

  • CLAUDIO DONDOLI ET MARCO POCCI

    « Creativity, reality, innovation »

    Claudio Dondoli and Marco Pocci are from Sienna, Italy. They met at the faculty of Architecture in Florence.

    In 1983, Dondoli and Pocci created a ‘study of architecture and industrial projects’ that was called Archirivolto.

  • DANTE DONEGANI ET GIOVANNI LAUDA

    Dante Donegani and Giovanni Lauda are architecture graduates from the University of Florence and the University of Naples. Donegani worked at Olivetti’s from 1987 to 1991.

    In 1992, both architects came together to open the “Studio D&L” which focused on architecture and interior design.

  • EERO AARNIO

    « Original shapes and materials! »

    Born in 1932 in Helsinki, Eero Aarnio, was a leading figure in Finnish design during the 60’s.

  • EERO SAARINEN

    « A revolutionary vision for designing chairs. » 

    Eero Saarinen was an American with Finnish origins. He was born in 1910, his mother was an artist and his father was a well renowned finish architect.

  • EILEEN GRAY

    « Lacquered furniture and tubular steel furniture. »

    Eileen Gray was born in Ireland in 1878. In 1901, she studied painting at the Slade School of Fine Art in London and at the Julian and Colarossi Academy in Paris. She moved to Paris in 1907 and learnt about lacquer work with Seizo Sugawara, a Japanese artist.

  • FINN JUHL

    A true revolutionary of Danish design in the middle of the 20th century, Finn Juhl was born in 1912 in Denmark. Architect, industrial designer and interior designer, he is best known for his furniture design and as a protagonist of ‘Danish Design’ style, a style which he introduced to America in the 1940s.

  • FLORENCE KNOLL

    Born in 1917 in Michigan, Florence Knoll Bassett, studied architecture at the Cranbrook Academy of Art alongside important names of the Bauhaus. She was also Mies van der Rohe’s student. In 1941, she met Hans Knoll.

  • GEORGE NELSON

    « Creator of beautiful and practical things »

    Born in 1908 in Connecticut, George Nelson was with Charles & Ray Eames one of the founders of American modernism.

  • GINO SARFATTI

    « Innovative solutions for lighting ! » 

    The eldest of three brothers, Gino Sarfatti,  is a famous italian designer born in Venice in 1912.

  • GRANT FEATHERSTON

    Born in Geelong, Australia in 1922, Grant Featherston is known as one of the pioneers of Australian furniture design in the second half of the 20th century. 

  • HARRY BERTOIA

    « Furniture inspired by metalworking.  »

    Arieto Bertoia was born in Italy in 1915 and moved to the United States in the 1930s.
  • ISAMU NOGUCHI

    « The search of the organic form »

    Isamu Noguchi is a Japanese-American artist, designer and sculptor born in Los Angeles in 1904.

  • JAIME HAYÓN

    « I focus on techniques. It may seem simple but it’s actually very complex. » 

    Jaime Hayon studied industrial design in Madrid and Paris.  After his studies, he entered the Fabrica group (the research center of the Benetton group) as a designer and quickly became head of the design department.  

  • JEAN PROUVE

    Jean Prouvé, son of the sculptor and painter Victor Prouvé, was born in Paris in 1901. He is internationally renowned for being one of the most important designers and architects of his time, despite his training in ironwork.

  • JEAN RISOM

    Born in Denmark in 1916, Jens Risom, son of the famous architect Sven Risom, is considered to be the first designer to have brought the Scandinavian style to the United States in the 1940s.

  • JORGE PENSI

    « Creator of avant-garde and innovative designs »

    Jorge Pensi is of Argentinian origin and studied architecture in Buenos Aires. He finished his studies in 1971 and left his country to move to Spain.

  • KONSTANTIN GRCIC

    "Actual, feasible and concrete."

    Konstantin Grcic is a German designer born in Munich in 1965. He began his career with a training in furniture manufacturing in England and then enrolled at the Royal College of Art in London. His work is strongly influenced by two designers: Jasper Morrison and Vico Magistretti.

  • LUDWIG MIES VAN DER ROHE

    « Clear shape through glass, steel and concrete » 

    Ludwig Mies van der Rohe was born in Germany in 1886.

    He built his first house at the age of 21 (the Riehl House). He trained in the workshops of Peter Beherens, Walter Gropius and Le Corbusier.

  • MARCEL BREUER

    Marcel Breuer was born in Hungary in 1902. He began his training at the Bauhaus in Germany, where he would later teach. In 1925 he created the B3 Wassily chair for Wassily Kandinsky.

  • MART STAM

    « PIONEER OF MODERN DESIGN »

    Mart Stam was born in the Netherlands in 1899. He is one of the most important architects and designers of the modern era. Mart Stam studied at the Royal School for Advanced Studies in Amsterdam and worked until 1922 in an architectural firm in the Netherlands. 

  • NORMAN CHERNER

    Norman Cherner, known for being one of the most original post-war American designers, was born in New York in 1920. After studying at the Columbia University, he became a teacher at the department of Fine Arts, then became an instructor at the famous Museum of Modern Art in New York in the late 1940s. 

  • PHILIPPE STARCK

    « Popular is elegant, rare is vulgar. »

    Designer and world-renowned architect, Philippe Starck, trained at the Carmondo School in Paris.

  • PIERRE PAULIN

    Pierre Paulin was born in Paris in 1927. He graduated from the Camondo school of architecture and design in Paris.

  • POUL HENNINGSEN

    « A true architect of light. »

    Poul Henningsen is a Danish designer (known as PH in Denmark) born in 1894.

  • POUL KJAERHOLM

    "Discreet elegance, clean lines and great attention to detail. "

    Poul Kjaerholm was born in Denmark in 1929. Poul Kjaerholm  began his career as a cabinetmaker and then studied at the Danish School of Arts and Crafts.

  • POUL VOLTHER

    Paul M. Volther was born in Denmark in 1923.

    After training in carpentry, Paul M. Volther  studied at the Arts and Crafts School in Copenhagen

  • REZA FEIZ

    Reza Feiz, creator of the Bride’s Veil chair and the Bride’s Veil designer stool, is a self-taught designer. He uses materials such as hard wood, metal, ceramic, and fibreglass and makes luxurious and refined furniture pieces.

  • RICHARD SAPPER

    « Simple shapes with a bit of humour and a few suprises!  »

    Contemporary German designer, Richard Sapper, studied philosophy, anatomy, graphics and economy. During his career, he focused on the creation of technically complex objects.

  • RODOLFO DORDONI

    « Imaginative and visionary, he collaborated with some of the greatest in the field. »

    Rodolfo Dordoni was born in Milan in 1954. He graduated from Milan’s Polytechnic school in 1979 and worked in different architectural offices in the field of industrial design.

  • ROSS LOVEGROVE

    « Innovator of a unique style, he is always in search of new shapes…  »

    Having graduated from Manchester Polytechnic, Ross Lovergrove, received his MA from the Royal College of Art in London in 1983. During his career, Ross Lovergrove participated in designing the Walkman for Sony, worked for Apple and participated in the creation of the iMac and joined Frogdesign in Germany.

  • SAINTESPRIT

    A passionate designer, Sarah Kalman launched Saintesprit in 2014. She is convinced that she can turn ordinary items into a source of emotion. Saintesprit Home companions is for people who, like us, are convinced that the present trend is no longer in keeping with our need for artefacts with an emotional flavor.

  • SALVATOR DALI

    « The idea of an irrational object »

    This incredible artist is known for his paintings, sculptures, poems and various artistic creations. He created a series of pieces of furniture and in the 30’s he created the famous Bocca Sofa.

  • SANTA & COLE

    « It’s the constant research to create an object that makes the difference. »

    Santa & Cole was created in 1958 by a family and friends. The company edited furniture and domestic and urban lighting. 

  • SEBASTIAN WRONG

    « The field of art in three dimensions. »

    Sebastian Wrong was born in the UK in 1971. He obtained a Fine Arts degree in 1993 and created his company in 1995. His technical knowledge and ability allowed him to gain immediate international recognition. The international exposition of the Spun lamp in 2002 had a major impact on his career. This lamp has gained many design awards.

  • SERGE MOUILLE

    Serge Mouille is a famous Industrial and Lamp designer. Industrialist, silversmith and teacher, Serge Mouille is best known for his modernist lighting fixtures. His skilful mastery of metalwork is evident in all his designs.The son of a policeman and seamstress, Serge Mouille had a passion for metal works from an early age.

  • SHIN AZUMI

    « Maximum effect with minimal design. »

    Shin Azumi is a Japanese designer who graduated in 1994 from the Royal College of Art in London.

  • SORI YANAGI

    Sori Yanagi, a key figure in Japanese, post-war, modern design, was born in 1915 in Japan. His father, Muneyoshi Yanagi, founded the Mingei movement, a famous Japanese artistic movement that championed a new appreciation of everyday, traditional, and popular items and crafts.

  • TOM DIXON

    Tom Dixon was born in Sfax in Tunisia on the 21st of May 1959. Tom Dixon is one of the most original British designers of his generation; Tom Dixon is a trendsetter in the world of international design! This is the reason why we admire him so much at Diiiz.

  • VALENTINO BORETTI

    « New intriguing designer »

    Valentino Boretti is a contemporary Italian designer who has always fascinated.

  • VERNER PANTON

    Verner Panton was born in Copenhagen in 1926. Verner Panton  is well known for his unconventional style. Verner Panton  created objects with an innovative and futuristic design. He used plastic and bright colours and was attracted by wavy forms.

    After studying architecture, Verner Panton  enrolled at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen. Verner Panton  worked with Arne Jacobsen, and participated in the creation of the famous Panton chair. In 1955, he ended his collaboration with Arne Jacobsen to set up his design studio.

  • WARREN PLATNER

    « With his timeless work on transparency, he was an icon of modernism in the 60s »

    Born in Baltimore in 1919, Warren Platner got his architecture degree from the University of Cornell in 1941. From 1960 to 1965, he collaborated with Eero Saarinen with who he designed Washington Airport and the Lincoln Center theatre.

  • WILHELM WAGENFELD

     One of the biggest German industrial designers! » 

    Wilhelm Wagenfeld trained as a designer and goldsmith. He joined Bauhaus in 1923, where he created the famous Bahaus table lamp.

  • XAVIER PAUCHARD

    Xavier Pauchard, creator of the famous Tolix chair, was born in 1880 in the Burgundy region of France.

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