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In 2006 Luca Nichetto founded a multidisciplinary design studio in Venice, Italy, which specialised in industrial design, product design and design consultancy. From the very beginning, this studio collaborated with a number of different brands and organisations, quickly expanding its influence far beyond Venice and Italy’s borders. Five years later, in 2011, Nichetto opened a second studio in Stockholm, Sweden. This practice was founded in response to an ever growing number of requests for collaboration from international companies, with the studio’s work also broadening out from its initial focus on designed objects. Nichetto Studio has since expanded into areas such as interior design and architecture. Today, Nichetto Studio works with a variety of brands and clients from all around the world, and its expertise is sought out across all design disciplines. A deep passion for, and knowledge of, industrial and craft manufacturing processes runs through every aspect of the studio’s work. Nichetto Studio’s projects abound in carefully selected cultural references and a keen attention to detail. The practice’s unique position within both Scandinavian and Italian design culture has given Nichetto Studio worldwid recognition. Appreciation of its work extends far beyond the confines of the design industry.
Boris Berlin Design
Boris Berlin started his career as industrial and graphic designer in St. Petersburg after graduation in 1975. In 1984 he founded Boris Berlin Design in Denmark. In 1987 he became a founding partner of Komplot Design and in 2010 founding partner of Iskos-Berlin Design. During these years Boris Berlin has developed his design philosophy, being focused on experimenting with new technologies and materials and their impact on design of everyday objects.
“I see design as an art of storytelling. This story is normally quite complex, consisting of semantics, morphology, materiality, technology of objects and many other elements. But the clearer your story is, the more likely people will understand it. The more surprising you make your story, the more likely they will remember it. And finally, the more you make people smile, the more likely they will love it!”
Boris Berlin received numerous design awards and his works are represented in collections of several design museums around the world, such as Design Museum Denmark, Trapholt, Die Neue Sammlung - The International Design Museum Munich, Museum of Modern Art, New York, Vitra Design Museum and many others.
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.”
Sven Dogs was born in 1974 in Berlin and was in early yeas enrolled in the prestigious school, Henri Nannen Foundation.
After his training as an interior decorator, he presented a study as a product designer at documentation artist Heinrich Brummack from Münster, meanwhile getting experience as a freelance designer. He has worked on projects in industrial, interior and graphic design for the European and International market. His technical skills and creativity enable him to work passionately with many areas. He transfers innovative ideas, vibrancy and experimentation into concepts in products, spaces and experiences. After several detours all the way from America to Vienna, he now runs hos own design office.
Bonpart is a Vienna based furniture and product design studio founded by Verena Waidmann and Lukas Gstöttner in 2016. They discovered a shared understanding of design during studies, where they were already working together on different projects. Since then, their collaboration is a permanent dialogue, in which they draw upon different backgrounds in engineering and fine art. In their work they aim for elegance, timeless beauty and intelligent solutions. Having a hands on approach, they experience technical feasibility as part of the creative process and often as a source of inspiration. Their designs are characterized by clear lines and calm shapes, yet always with a subtle, playful twist.
Susanne Grønlund is educated in textile design. She has an understanding of materials, colors and the human perspective combined with a touch of playful humour. Susanne has solved many different types of design tasks throughout the years, and for her every day brings new knowledge. She considers it to be a great privilege and experience to be able to contribute with new and exciting solutions to the everyday life. Susanne has been awarded a variety of international acknowledgements - amongst these the Red Dot Award, the Norwegian Design Council Award, the GOOD DESIGN™ Award, Chicago and the German Design Award.