Graduated from the ENSCI in 1990, Jean-Marie Massaud has run a quest for synthesis, reduction and lightness since his first intuitions. He has been working all kind of design fields, from furniture to industrial product and equipment. In 2000, he founds Studio Massaud and expands his expertise to architecture and brand development.
He collaborates with various brands such as B&B Italia, Axor Hansgrohe, Dior, Poltrona Frau, Lancôme or Renault. Denying trend and fashion, Jean Marie prefers questioning the existing, working out on progress and eventually proposing answers to contemporary stakes. It is this symbiosis between Man, his creations and his natural environment, that Jean Marie Massaud strives to reach, as a catalyst to innovation, as an economic model and as a life project.
Architect and designer Rodolfo Dordoni was born in Milan, where he graduated in Architecture.
Responsible over the years for the art direction of Artemide (glass collection), Cappellini (from 1979 to 1989), FontanaArte (furniture collection), Foscarini (lamps), Minotti (from 1997 until today) and Roda (since 2006), he designs for various companies, including: Artemide, Cappellini, Cassina, Ceramica Flaminia, Ceramiche Mutina, Dada, Dornbracht, Driade, Emu, Ernestomeda, Fantini, Fiam Italia, Flos, Flou, FontanaArte, Foscarini, Jab, Kartell, Kettal, knIndustrie, MatteoGrassi, Minotti, Molteni&C, Moroso, Olivari, Pamar, Poliform, Poltrona Frau, Roda, RB Rossana, Salvatori, Sambonet, Serralunga, Tecno, The Rug Company, Venini.
Dordoni Architetti, studio founded in Milan by Rodolfo Dordoni, Luca Zaniboni and Alessandro Acerbi, works in the field of architectural planning and interior design in the residential, commercial and exhibition areas designing projects of private houses and villas, industrial and commercial spaces overseeing the realization of showrooms, exhibition stands, restaurants, hotels.
As a child, Marcel Wanders loved making gifts for people. Nowadays he designs for the world, making unique gifts that are meaningful to the people receiving them as well as to the designer himself. Marcel is on a mission which he had already thought of and planned during his time as a student: Here to create an environment of love, live with passion and make our most exciting dreams come true.
‘Marcel Wanders is, without a doubt, one of the legendary larger-than-life designers of our time. He captivates his audience with magic, revolution, theft, philanthropy and most prominently some good, old fashioned, rib-tickling.’ Design Quarterly.
After graduating with honors from the Arnhem School of the Arts he didn’t have to wait long for fame. He received rave reviews at the first Droog design exhibition in Milan in 1993 and later for his Knotted Chair, created for Droog in 1996, which rocketed him to stardom in the design world and is now an iconic piece of design. Now working from his design studio in the centre of Amsterdam, Marcel Wanders studio ‘one of the most inspiring powerhouses of multi-disciplinary design’ (The Observer), Wanders began to expand his empire and in 2000 began the high end design label Moooi, which he co-founded with Casper Vissers. Not one to sit back, Wanders remains extremely active as art director of Moooi, in addition to designing new and awe-inspiring designs to the collection.
‘Marcel Wanders and the Moooi company he co-owns have made contemporary Dutch design synonymous with exuberant creativity.’ Financial Times, Nicole Swengley.
Over a period of two decades, Wanders has, and continues to, design for leading international companies. His innovative use of material and technology, coupled with his graceful combination of the old and the new as well as his trademark ‘tongue in cheek’, make his products instantly recognizable. Avant-gardist, Marcel’s products have been received widely and hailed as challenging and surprising; he is continually creating to make the world a better place.
‘With a rock star like image, Wanders eschews austere minimalist concepts to create more whimsical and decorative products.’
In recent years Marcel Wanders has set new standards in interior design, ranging from the Villa Moda flagship store in Bahrain to the sleeping beauty-magic of the Mondrian South Beach Hotel in Miami. These projects, as well as the Lute suites hospitality concept in Amsterdam, private residences in Jakarta, Amsterdam and Mallorca all reflect his sense for the theatrical and remarkable use of space and textures.
The entire spectrum of Wanders designs is a challenge to his own creativity, exploring the boundaries of his capability. Museums all around the world recognize his genius, the Museum of Modern Art in New York and San Francisco, the V&A Museum in London and the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam feature his work in their collections. Being awarded among others Elle decoration designer of the year in 2006, selected one of Europe’s 25 Leaders of Change by Business Week, his star keeps rising.
‘There is a reason BusinessWeek referred to him as "Europe's hottest designer" and The Washington Post identified him as "the design world's favorite star.’ DWR, Rob Forbes In the near future, more can be expected of Marcel Wanders and his Amsterdam based design studio. He has recently partnered with Philippe Starck’s and John Hitchcox’s design focused property development brand, yoo. Amsterdam being his beloved home, he will be publishing a book showcasing 700 years of creative history of the city. With numerous other projects in the workings, Wanders will be sure to make headlines which will no doubt get tongues wagging and change the landscape of design in a truly remarkable way.
As an international architect and designer, DANIEL LIBESKIND, B.Arch M.A. BDA AIA, is committed to expanding the scope of architecture to involve philosophy, art, literature and music. Fundamental to Libeskind’s philosophy is the notion that buildings are crafted with perceptible human energy, and that they address the greater cultural context in which they are built.
Daniel Libeskind established his architectural studio in Berlin, Germany in 1989 after winning the competition to build the Jewish Museum in Berlin. In February 2003, Studio Daniel Libeskind moved its headquarters from Berlin to New York City when Daniel Libeskind was selected as the master planner for the World Trade Center redevelopment. Daniel Libeskind’s practice is involved in designing and realizing a diverse array of urban, cultural and commercial projects internationally. In addition to the New York headquarters, Studio Libeskind has European offices based in Zürich, Switzerland (Architekt Daniel Libeskind) and Milan, Italy (Libeskind Architettura & Libeskind Design.)
Last year Studio Daniel Libeskind celebrated the completion of the City Life residences, part of the redevelopment of the historic Fiera Milano Fairgrounds in Milan, and Kö-Bogen, an office and retail complex in Düsseldorf. The Studio has several projects under construction including three high-rise residential developments: The L Tower in Toronto, Zlota in Warsaw, and Vitra in Sao Paulo; two projects in Asia, the Zhang ZhiDong and Modern Industrial Museum in Wuhan and Corals at Keppel Bay in Singapore; as well as the Centre des Congrès in Mons, Belgium.
Over the years, Daniel Libeskind has been fortunate to be commissioned by a number of international clients to develop a diverse array of products, bespoke furniture, and interior designs. To this end, he chose to establish Libeskind Design in Milan, the international center for design, with unparalleled artisans, care for detail and connections to the broader world of contemporary architecture and art. The product designs reflect Libeskind’s interest in the world of everyday objects, and the stories they tell about the people who use them.
Emmanuel Gallina : the elegance of simplicity.
To describe his work as a designer, Emmanuel likes to quote Constantin Brancusi “Simplicity is complexity resolved”. Elegance, clarity and simplicity are key to Emmanuel Gallina’s work. His creative ethic at authenticity and coherence is embodied in every one of his projects. To him, attention to detail is a constant priority in the contours, shapes and functionality of his work. Graduated from E.N.A.D (Limoges) and I.A.V (Orléans), he deepened his knowledge at Milan’s Politecnico obtaining a diploma of Master in design & management. He then collaborated for 7 years with Antonio Citterio in Milan on projects for the most celebrated names of international design. Presently Emmanuel works for his own agency, between Italy and France on collaborations with resolutely contemporary international brands like Poliform, Cartier, Panasonic, Accor, Ampm La Redoute, Burov, Ethimo, Toulemonde Bochart, Manade, Colé, ACRE made in amazonia, etc…
From 2010, he is consultant for companies on marketing strategy and design identity as art director. Emmanuel teaches at Milan’s Politecnico. He is often solicited for lectures, conferences and workshops in France, Italy, China or Brasil.
Awards and competitions:
2016 Wallpaper Design Award _ London (Maskara coiffeuse for Porada)
2015 Label VIA _ Paris (Harold sofa for AMPM)
2013 Orange Price of Design Tour _ Bordeaux (Collection for AMPM)
2013 Archidesignclub Palmares _ Paris (Tapparelle desk for Colé)
2012 Label VIA _ Paris (Nouvelle vague for Clen)
2012 Label Observeur du design _ Paris (Nouvelle vague for Clen)
2011 Wallpaper Design Award _ London (Concorde table for Poliform)
2011 WAN furniture design award shortlisted _ Londres (Aikana Outdoor collection for Fast)
2011 Imm Interior award _ Koln (Aikana Outdoor collection for Fast)
2009 Best of Year Award _ New York (Grace chair for Poliform)
2008 ID smartest products Award _ New York
2002 Design 21 Unesco award _ New York
2002 First Prize Utopia 1.0 _ Biennale St Etienne
Born in Adria in 1950, he began to attend the Architectural Faculty at the Venice University in 1968 and occupied himself with the research in the visual area.
In 1970 he co-operated to the realisation of the project concerning WIG 74 competition on behalf of Vienna and to the competition for the RESISTENZA MONUMENT in Modena.
He attended the INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF ART in Venice.
Since 1970 he has been applying himself to industrial design.
In 1973 he studied at the architectural Faculty of Venice University with Prof. Carlo Scarpa and he got University degree proposing a thesis co-ordinated by Prof. Manfredo Tafuri, about VIENNA from 1918 to 1934.
He attended the INTERNATIONALEN MALERWOCHEN in Retzhof- Graz.
In 1975 he worked for the INSTITUTE OF HISTORY AND ARCHITECTURE OF VENICE together with the AKADEMIE DER ANGEWANDTEN KUNST of Vienna, for the realisation of an important exhibition about Vienna during its socialist period.
This research ended in 1980 with the exhibition VIENNA ROSSA requested by Roma Town Council. Together with Manfredo Tafuri, he took care of the catalogue and the organisation of the exhibition.In 1980 he has been entrusted by Kuwait to plan the EMBASSY OF KUWAIT in Qatar.
In 1981 he designed the setting up of some chains of clothing stores. In 1983 he was invited to a series of lectures at the Pacific Design Center in Los Angeles and was involved in the competition for ideas for the restructuring of the "Lingotto FIAT" in Turin. In 1985 he designed the renovation of the "C.Jourdan" headquarters in Paris. In 1986 he plans the renovation of "Palazzo Remer" in Venice. In 1987 he was awarded the XIII Compasso d'Oro Award. Since 1988 he has been an associate professor at the Akademie für Angewandten Kunst in Vienna, where he has been a full professor since 1991.
Massimo Bonetti, Giuseppe Manente and Abramo Mion begin their career collaborating with industries, universities and practising a free profession. In 1980 they create KAIROS, a studio focused on design. The meaning of the word Kairos in Greek is "right point, right place, right measure". The term in ancient Greece was at the base of the choice of the right location where to build a house, the day in which to start work etc. Studio Kairos has borrowed this combination of place and time in each of its projects.
Prizes and Awards
1984 – Winner of the "Compasso d’oro" award with the product "Armadio Sisamo"
1984 – Winner of the Schöner Wohnen award "Mobile dell’Anno" with the product "Armadio Sisamo"
1987 – Selected for the "Compasso d’oro" award with the product "Cucina futura"
1987 - Selected for the "Compasso d’oro" award with the product "Scarpone da sci"
1989 - Selected for the "Compasso d’oro" award with the product "Abak"
1989 - Award EIMU Milan 1991 - Award MILANO OFFICE DESIGN
1994 - Selected for the "Compasso d’oro" award with the product "Velante"
Carlo Colombo was born in 1967 at Carimate. In 1993 he graduated in Architecture from the Milan Polytechnic, but by 1991 he had already made contact with Giulio Cappellini, for whom he designed his first piece in 1992: the Kyoto bed, presented at the Salone del Mobile in Milan the same year.
From this time on Colombo’s work as a designer flowed into hundreds of projects in collaboration with the leading firms in the sector: Antonio Lupi, Arflex, Artemide, BYografia, Cappellini, DePadova, Emmemobili, EMU, F.lli Guzzini, Flou, Franke, Fusital, iGuzzini, IOC, Paola Lenti, Levi’s, Mood-Flexform, Moroso, Nube, Oluce, Penta, Poliform, Poltrona Frau, Riva 1920, Rugiano, Sabattini, Serralunga, Tecno, Teuco, Varenna, Zanotta.
In 2004 Colombo was named Designer of the Year in Tokyo. Between 2005 and 2011 he received the International Design Award four times from Elle Décor and he has won prizes for his projects from Gioia Casa and MD Magazine. In 2009 he was one of the winners of the Good Design Award presented by the European Center for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies and The Chicago Athenaeum. A sort of ambassador of Italian design to the world, he gives lectures and conferences in Israel, Greece, Portugal, Slovenia, Ukraine, Australia, Russia, Britain, Brazil and China.
Apart from product and furniture design, Colombo undertakes business and marketing promotion for companies, works on graphic design, curates exhibitions, works as consultant and art director (since 2006 and for Arflex and since 2008 for Stratex). Entrepreneurs were among the first clients for the houses he designed, but they soon commissioned showrooms, sales outlets and production facilities, like the Poliform Lab opened in 2011 in the heart of Brianza.
Colombo’s work as a designer, initially focused on product and interior design, has been progressively extended to the construction sector in Italy and abroad. In 2009 he won an international competition for the design of two multi-functional towers in Abu Dhabi and his renewed interest in architecture has found scope in teaching in China, where he has lectured on design since 2011 at the De Tao Masters Academy in Beijing.
After graduating in 1973 she worked as an Art Director at CentroKappa (1975-1979): planning and development of the image, sales instruments, sales outlets, exhibitions and special initiatives. During this period she collaborated with Alessandro Mendini at "MODO" magazine.
From 1979 until the present day she has collaborated with Abet, a company where she got to know its laminates and where she discovered her passion for the decoration of rigid surfaces. Together with research for the Domus Studies Center on the theme of "Industry and Decor", the same years saw the start of her collaboration with Alchimia and Sottsass, Branzi, Guerriero and Knoll International (which asked her to design a series of furniture pieces).
During the 1982-1984 period she designed objects for Alessi, became a consultant for Abet Laminati and took part in the research work conducted by Guido Jannon treating the theme of innovation (together with the Advance Marketing Group of Régie Renault). She held lessons of industrial decor at the Faculty of Architecture in Reggio Calabria and on the planning of the surface in Florence. In 1984 she held a course on the trends of design for fashion stylists at the Center for Professional Formation in Modena and collaborated with the Società Immagine Industriale in the field dealing with product evolution in the textiles, ceramics and furnishing sectors. Together with Daniel Rozensztroch she took part in the "Escape Center" project and in 1985 she worked on "the evolution of signs in electronics" with Guido Jannon and Franco Raggi.
The period spanning 1985-1988 saw a turning point in her approach and attitude towards creativity. She became a consultant for image and production development of the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand on behalf of UNIDO (United Nations Industrial Development Organization) and the World Bank. This activity resulted in the organization of exhibitions, conferences, seminars and consultancy operations.
In 1988, in cooperation with Giulio Cappellini, she created "Mondo" [World], an initiative which ranged from the design of furniture and objects to the image project, marketing and the management of creative staff.
Between 1988 and 1998 her activities literally 'exploded' in a multitude of initiatives treating design, interior decoration and planning. All of these culminated in her entering the Fashion World: with Piazza Sempione, as had already been the case for "Mondo", she developed the concepts of the trademark, sales outlet and showroom in Milan (followed by those in Rome, Düsseldorf and Tokyo).From 1995 to 1999 he starter a cooperation with many prestigious companies of Italian sector. In 2006: new projects for Poliform.
Her Bijoux-shop designed for Salviati has just been inaugurated in Paris, the first of forty such sales outlets.
And - to conclude for the present - seven new Piazza Sempione sales outlets are being made ready for their opening dates in the United States.
Soo Chan, is a practicing architect based in singapore. He is the founding principal and design director of Scda architects pte ltd which he established in 1995.
Soo Chan was born in 1962 in Penang, Malaysia. He obtained his master of architecture degree at yale university in 1987 and is a registered architect in Singapore and the United States. He has taught part-time at the National university in Singapore and was visiting professor at Syracuse university in fall 1998.
Soo Chan has also lectured at Tamsui university, Taipei, university of Paris and Notre Dame university. Soo Chan was the winner for the inaugural president’s design award, Singapore designer of the year 2006 and was the recipient of the Sia-Getz architecture prize for emergent architecture Asia, 2006. the practice was one of the design vanguard firms for 2003 selected by architectural record in december 2003 issue.
Soo Chan was awarded the Royal Institute of British Architects worldwide award for the Lincoln modern in 2005 and was highly commended at the ar+d 2002 world emerging architecture award for the house in Malacca. in 2008, his entry for the Singapore high commission in New Dehli made the shortlist at the World Architectural award in Barcelona. The works of the practice have been published extensively in international journals and books including architectural review, architectural record, interni, lotus, monument, world architecture and other international architectural journals.
Soo Chan’s portfolio of projects includes master planning, resorts and hotels, high-rise apartments, commercial and institutional buildings, and private homes, spanning several continents including Asia, Africa, Europe, Australia and Usa.
Born in Bogotá - Columbia in 1976, he completed his degree in 1998 at the Faculty of Industrial Design at the University of Bogota Jorge Tadeo Lozano, and obtained a Masters in Design at the Domus Academy of Milan in 1999. In 1997 he won the "Santo Domingo" prize for the best students of design and architecture in Columbia. In the same year, he completed an internship at the CID (Central Industrial Design) of Whirlpool Europe in Italy.
In 1998, as part of his university thesis he participated in the "New Designers" exhibition at the Business Design Centre in London.
From 2000 to 2004 he worked for the Giovannoni studio in Milan as a designer.In 2005 and 2008 he won the "Lapiz de acero" prize with the Morfeo sofa (Domodinamica) and the Manta chair (Poliform).In 2006 he participated in the "La fabbrica del design" (The design factory) exhibition organised by Domus Academy and the municipality of Milan. In 2012 he participated in the "Lost in translation" exhibition organised by Domus Academy.
In 2013 he participated in the "master designers for Patrizia Pepe" exhibition organised by Domus Academy and the fashion brand Patrizia Pepe.
He has collaborated with internationally renowned companies, including: Alessi, Poliform, Oras, Cassina IXC, Nike, Microsoft (with MNML), Potocco and Domodinamica among others.
He was a professor at the European Institute of Design of Turin and was Project leader / visiting professor for Masters courses in product design and interaction design at the prestigious Domus Academy of Milan.His work has been published in renowned publications, websites and design books in Europe, Asia and America. He has held conferences at several universities in Italy, Mexico and Columbia.