Alessandro Mendini was born in 1931. An architect and designer by trade, he mainly focuses on neo-modern and contemporary design. He designs Italian furniture and rooms using these modern design styles. Previously, he managed magazines such as Casabella, Modo and Domus and many essays have been published in different languages about his work and his own “Atelier Mendini”. Milano designed pieces for Alessi, Philips, Swarovski and Swatch which are now considered worldwide icons of the contemporary design overview.
Born in France in the ‘70s, brothers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec first sparked an interest in design through their relationship with Issey Miyake in 2000. In just a few short years the brothers have been published twice, first in the “Catalogue de Raison” and then in the 2003 Phaidon issue. Both publications showcase images of their projects. Ronan and Erwan are seen among the rising stars of the design world; bold and reflective while simultaneously poetic and passionate, their creations are considered “micro-architectures” with different functional applications and the ability to characterize and distinctly define the places in which they are put.
Born in Tunisia, Tom Dixon moved to England in 1963. He dropped out of the Chelsea School of Art to play bass in the band “Funkapolitan” before teaching himself first to weld, then to produce furniture. Tom rose to prominence in the mid-1980's as “the talented untrained designer with a line in welded salvage furniture". He set up a space to use as a creative think-tank and store front for himself and other young designers. By the late 1980s he was working for the Italian furniture giant Cappellini for whom he designed the iconic ‘S’ chair. In the 1990s, Dixon was a household name in the design field. He designed Jack, his polypropylene "sitting, stacking, lighting thing,” for his own company Eurolounge, which became an icon of the decade.Tom was appointed Head of Design by Habitat in 1998, where he later served as Creative Director until 2008. He was the public face of a collective team responsible for rejuvenating the Habitat brand, maintaining Terence Conran's dream of enriching everyday life through simple, modern design and creating a shopping experience that is both theatrical and intimate.
Shiro Kuramata was a Japanese designer from 1965 when he founded the Kuramata Design Office in Tokyo until he died in 1991. Kuramata designed some of the most significant and lasting pieces ever produced. His significance in western design was shown first in Memphis, then with Cappellini in 1987. Cappellini celebrated his talent and made him its choice designer to introduce the Cappellini brand on the international stage. His work can be seen in the permanent collections of the Museum of Decorative Arts in Paris, MoMA of New York, the Metropolitan Museum and the Museum of Modern Art in Toyama.
One of the best-known designers in the world, Piero Lissoni worked from 1977 till 1984 with a G14 office in Milan. During this time he was met with projects linked to graphics, image coordination, interior decoration, design and art direction. His established Milan design office has been designing many international brands in the world of industrial design since 1984. His specialties include interior architecture, general architecture and graphics. His 10-year long relation with the Cappellini brand has produced lasting projects such as Soft couches and the Classica Soft and Crossoft seating series.
Born in Australia in 1963, Marc Newson worked around the world, first in Tokyo, then in Paris and finally in London where he, along with Benjamin de Haan, opened Marc Newson Ltd. in 1997. A variety of his projects are cultural symbols requested by the best museums all over the world, such as MoMA of New York and the Vitra Museum. He is well known as the designer who best entered the pop culture scene and his pieces have been used by Madonna in her music videos and in the Austin Powers films.
Under the direction of architect Oki Sato, the group that gathers under the name Nendo has represented a cultured and refined alternative to self-celebrative design since 2002. “Nendo” means “clay” in Japanese; the job of the Nendo group in the field of interior architecture, furniture and graphics is to be as pliable and flexible as clay. In a just few short years and running on big personality and unmatched determination in the field of modern design, Nendo has already received several international credits.
Marcel Wanders is product- and interior designer who became internationally known with his iconic Knotted Chair, which he produced for Droog Design in 1996. His work is ubiquitous; designing for leading international companies such as Flos, Alessi, Puma, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, MAC Cosmetics, Cappellini, B&B Italia, Moroso and Target. In 2001 Wanders co-founded the successful design label Moooi, of which he is the art director. Additionally he designs for architectural projects, such as the Kameha Grand hotel in Bonn, the Mondrian South Beach hotel in Miami and the Villa Moda store in Bahrain.
Born in London in 1959, Japer Morrison graduated from the Royal College of Art and established his first design office in 1986. Immediately following, he began his lasting and valuable collaboration with Cappellini. Nowadays he works in London and Paris for high-level companies such as Alessi, Flos, Rowenta, Sony and Samsung. Each Morrison project has a simple elegance which makes it strongly modern as an archetype linked to past, favoring function on expression.