School drop out Philippe Starck jump-started his career by designing two nightclub interiors in Paris in the 1970's. The success of the clubs won the attention of President Francois Mitterand, who asked Starck to refurbish one of the private apartments in the Elysee Palace.
Jaime Hayón Spanish artist / designer Jaime Hayon was born in Madrid 1974. He trained as an industrial designer in Madrid and Paris. In 1997, he began working as a researcher in Fabrica, Benetton Group’s communication research centre in Treviso, Italy. A year later, he was appointed, by Mr. Luciano Benetton and communication guru Oliviero Toscani, head of the design department, where he oversaw the development of interiors for shops, exhibitions and restaurants as well as books, magazines and logo designs.
Achille Castiglioni was born in Milan 1918. He graduated in 1944 with a degree in architecture and early as 1940 he dedicated himself to testing industrial production with his brothers Livio (1911-1979) and Pier Giacomo (1913-1968). After graduating, he began research into shapes, techniques and new materials, aimed at developing an integral design process.
Dutch designer Maarten Baas (19/02/1978) was born in Arnsberg, Germany but moved to The Netherlands in 1979 where he grew up. Upon graduating from high school in 1996 he began his studies at the prestigious Design Academy Eindhoven. Baas designed the candleholder Knuckle, which was taken into production, while he was still studying. In 2000 he studied for several months at the Politecnico of Milan.
Front is a design group of four: Sofia Lagerkvist, Charlotte von der Lancken, Anna Lindgren and Katja Sävström. They work as a group where all members are involved in the design process from initial discussions and ideas to final product. Their works are based on common discussions, exploring and investigations about different topics. And the final products often communicates a story to the observer about the design process, about conventions within the product field or about the material it is made of.
Bertjan Pot was born in 1975 in the Netherlands. He focuses in the material and production processes. He likes to use computer aesthetics and industrial production methods, but without actually using a computer or sometimes even the industrial production method as a design tool.
Almost all of his designs come from experiments in materials. He believes, “that the way a product feels is just as important as the way it looks”.
Richard Hutten graduated at the Academy Industrial Design Eindhoven in 1991. That same year he started his own design studio, where he developed his 'No sign of design' and 'Table upon table' concepts.
He is one of the most internationally successful Dutch designers; a key exponent of "Droog Design", in which he has been involved since it's inception in 1993.
Born in Northampton and London respectively in 1975, Clare Page and Harry Richardson moved to Deptford in 1998 after graduating in fine art from Liverpool Art School. Since founding Committee in 2001, they have worked as designers applying “pragmatism and imagination” to exploring “the drama of the everyday”.
Having transformed tip cast-offs into desirable objects in their Kebab Lamps, the pair collaged images of more junk salvaged from tips and on the streets into the Flytip wallpaper commissioned for the British Council's exhibition My World, 2005.