« 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.
« 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.
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.
« The search of the organic form »
Isamu Noguchi is a Japanese-American artist, designer and sculptor born in Los Angeles in 1904.
« 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 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.
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