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SPARK Design Studio - Thomas Pedersen
SPARK Design Studio was founded in 2004 by Thomas Pedersen. SPARK has over the years worked with a variety of furniture design and accessories with focus on creating long lasting designs which hold a high standard of quality and ecology. SPARK tries to preserve the Scandinavian design tradition by using high quality materials and renew the shape without removing the focus from functionality. With unusual innovations in material and construction including references to historical designs, SPARK is both unconventional yet rooted in tradition. SPARKs award-winning designs always have a functional starting point from which their more elaborate organic shapes emerge.
"SPARK Design Studio are committed to joining experimental ideas and perfect comfort to create the best possible design. Our passion is to create products that embrace the body. No matter the project we always give the same attention to comfort and detail to meet our own demands and make sure we always give our best.”
Nathan Yong graduated from Temasek Polytechnic with a diploma in Industrial Design in 1991. He began his career not as a designer, but as a buyer as well as engaging in product development for various companies in Singapore. Through these jobs, he travelled to various countries including India, Vietnam, Thailand and Indonesia to source for quality manufacturers and craftsmen to develop and manufacture furniture and home accessories. Through this exposure, he learnt various production techniques and crafts.
His work is inspired by observation of the visual environment, and then challenges the existential questions of the objects. Instead of superfluous details, he captures the poetry of products through a stripping process, lending object qualities that are informed by a lightness of restraints.
Currently based in Singapore, Nathan runs an industrial design consultancy practice.
Steffensen&Würtz is a collaboration between the two designers Thomas Steffensen and Pia Würtz Mogensen.
With an honest approach to design we strive to create design that pokes your boundaries and creates value in your everyday life. We love challenging our creative and methodological approach in order to create products and furniture that make sense and possess great personality. A product design should awake your curiosity and even make you smile. We are always ready for giving you our say on tomorrow's designs.
365° North - Henrik Pedersen
Henrik Pedersen graduated as a fashion designer in 1990, but uses his education for many different types of design. His interest in mathematics and his extensive experience give him an intuitive ability to quickly figure out whether a new design will work or not. 'Experience and knowledge help, but the difference lies in how you use it. You can get far with common sense and a passion for the craft. '
NOTE Design Studio
Note is a Stockholm-based design studio founded in 2008 working within the fields of architecture; interior; product and graphic design as well as design strategy.
Our philosophy is to stand out from the crowd: “To note something, to get noticed: we are named after what we try to achieve. We like to pay attention to our surroundings, and try to create things that make others do the same. By looking at what is unique in every project and emphasizing that, we transform non-material values into tactile objects and spaces.”
ARDE design studio
"Rene Hougaard's passion is to design beautiful, thought through products with the potential to move boundaries and improve everyday life.
A master degree in architecture and a heart that burns for design, combined with several years of professional experience from the international furniture retail industry, has sharpened Hougaard's design competences and created a strong holistic understanding of the whole value chain around product design.
By using imagination, intuition and a great amount of know-how Rene Hougaard designs products that makes a difference."
Böttcher Henssler Kayser
Moritz Böttcher and Sören Henssler completed projects together even during their studies. After their graduation, they gained experience in various design offices and in 2007 founded their own studio in Berlin. Nikolaus Kayser completed the team starting in 2013. The trio works for international brands in the design areas of consumer goods, furniture, lights, and textiles. With various approaches, the three designers use their individual experience to create unique, functional and poetic objects.
Böttcher Henssler Kayser have been awarded the most prestigious design prizes for their products such as the Good Design, several iF and red dot awards, as well as the coveted “best of the best” red dot.
Yonoh is a multidisciplinary creative studio set up by Clara del Portillo and Alex Selma in 2006.
The studio is characterized by it’s simple, yet functional designs. Simplicity, innovation and originality, without extravagance, is the backbone to their design philosophy studying each small detail minutely in each of their projects. Their versatility, timelessness and adaptability are the cornerstones of the work done in their studio. During its career Yonoh has been awarded with the most prestigious design prizes worldwide as Red Dot, IF design award, Good Design or Wallpaper* Design Award among others. Clara and Alex, industrial designer by training, developed their careers separately during years until they met on a young designers exhibition in 2004. At the end of 2006 they present their first collection as Yonoh, an ambigram that represents the bicephalus character of the studio. From 2014 they collaborate as associate teachers with the Cardenal Herrera CEU university in Valencia and give lectures and workshops around the world promoting the Yonoh way of work.
Oliver Schick was born in 1969 in Darmstadt, a small town which is one of Germany‘s most important places regarding the history of the Art Nouveau movement in the end of the 19th century. Affected by the cultural past of his hometown, he studied product design at the HBK - University of fine arts and Design in Saarbruecken. The first years after graduation, he worked as freelance designer for several studios and in 2005 he founded his own studio with the focus on furniture, lighting and interior design and since he works for outside companies such as Ligne Roset, Skandiform and Gubi. In addition he works on a range of experimental projects with design-related themes like materials, functions, usage and sustainable development.
„My aim is to design products with character that are timeless and easy to comprehend. They should be simple in use, in production and even in their idea, without being boring or lifeless. In my opinion the narrative aspect of a product is just as important as its function. We are all surrounded by these »creatures« that we use for our daily needs and it its important that they not only fulfill their technical function but also tell us a small story. It is often only minor changes or unexpected details that are needed to give a product a lively character, which sparks the associations and emotions of the user. But the challenge is always to create the right balance between the use and the effect of the product, without making it obtrusive.”