« 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.
« 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, 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.
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.
« 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.
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.
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.
« 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.
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.
« 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.
"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.
« 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, 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.
« 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.
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.
« 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 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.
« 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, 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.
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.
« 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.
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