Designers


Alexander Taylor

BRITISH DESIGNER
BORN 1975

Alexander Taylor is one the UK’s leading design innovators. After establishing his studio in 2002, the young designer was quickly catapulted onto the international stage with the launch of the Antlers coat hook, which won multiple awards. This was followed by the Fold light – a small lamp created from a single sheet of folded metal – for Established & Sons’ debut line in 2005, which has since been acquired by museums including the MoMA, New York and the Art Institute of Chicago. His natural curiosity for new manufacturing techniques attracted sports brand Adidas, a collaboration which led to the invention of Primeknit, the brand’s first knitted single-piece upper. Taylor continues to work as a creative consultant for Adidas and has also produced private commissions for David Gill Gallery and the late Alexander McQueen.

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Amanda Levete

BRITISH ARCHITECT
BORN 1955

Celebrated for her innovative structures, unique application of construction materials and courageous architectural schemes, Amanda Levete – founder and principal of architecture studio AL_A – has established a particularly impressive reputation as one of Britain’s leading creatives. A recipient of the Royal Institute of British Architects’ Stirling Prize, one of the UK’s highest architectural honours, her recent commissions include the celebrated expansion of the Victoria

and Albert Museum in London, and a 1.5 million square foot luxury shopping mall and hotel in Bangkok. Levete trained at the Architectural Association and worked for the British architect Richard Rogers before joining Future Systems as a partner in 1989, where she realised groundbreaking buildings including the Media Centre at Lord’s Cricket Ground and Selfridges department store in Birmingham. Amanda is a trustee of leading social innovation centre The Young Foundation and has served as a trustee of influential arts organisation Artangel for over a decade. She is a regular radio and TV broadcaster, writes for a number of publications, including the New Statesman and Prospect, and lectures worldwide.

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Barber & Osgerby

BRITISH DESIGNERS
BORN 1969/1969

Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby founded their London studio in 1996 after graduating with Master’s in Architecture from the prestigious Royal College of Art in London. Their diverse body of work spans industrial design, furniture, lighting and site-specific installations, as well as gallery and public commissions such as the London 2012 Olympic Torch and projects for the Royal Mint. Barber and Osgerby’s work is held in permanent museum collections around the world including London’s V&A Museum and Design Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the Art Institute of Chicago. In 2007 they were awarded Royal Designers for Industry by the Royal Society of Arts and in 2013 the duo were each awarded an OBE for their services to the design industry. Both hold honorary doctorates of art and lecture internationally. A definitive monograph of their work to date, titled Projects, has just been published.

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Caruso St John

CANADIAN BRITISH/ BRITISH
ARCHITECTS BORN 1962/1959

Refined details and carefully chosen materials are hallmarks of Caruso St John’s thoughtful approach to architecture. Founded by Adam Caruso and Peter St John in 1990, the practice began its rise to international prominence with the New Art Gallery in Walsall in 2000. It has completed a string of award-winning arts spaces, including the Newport Street Gallery for Damien Hirst in London, which won the 2016 Stirling Prize – the UK’s highest accolade for a building – the Centre of Contemporary Art in Nottingham and the restructuring and extension of London’s V&A Museum of Childhood. Caruso St John was appointed architect for Tate Britain in 2007, recently completing the museum’s acclaimed renovation of the existing galleries and public spaces, and has designed a series of galleries for the Gagosian in London, Paris, Hong Kong, and Rome. In 2011 Adam Caruso was appointed Professor of Architecture and Construction at the ETH Zurich. Peter St John is currently an external examiner at the Scott Sutherland School of Architecture in Aberdeen and Cardiff School of Architecture and a visiting professor at London Metropolitan University.

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Dimitri Bähler

SWISS DESIGNER
BORN 1988

Swiss designer Dimitri Bähler launched his own studio in Biel in 2014 and has since been nominated for two Swiss Design Awards, directed a string of workshops and produced pieces for some of the world’s most adventurous design brands. He studied product design at ECAL in Switzerland and at Design Academy Eindhoven in The Netherlands, before moving back to the area he grew up in to launch his practice. Bähler describes his approach as spontaneous, radical and poetic, but with a foundation in substantial material and structural research. In 2016, his experimental ceramics collection VPTC – created to explore the relationship between volumes, patterns, textures and colours by using both digital and traditional tools – was named as the grand prize winner at Biennale Interieur, the respected design biennial in Kortrijk, Belgium. 

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Federico Gregorutti

ITALIAN DESIGNER
BORN 1968

Italian designer Federico Gregorutti started his independent work as a scenographer in 1990, producing wall paintings in public spaces, discos, and private villas. In 2000, Gregorutti extended his creative and technical interests and began working as an industrial designer. Since 2009, he has been a vital part of the Established & Sons team as production manager and continues to design and experiment with a range of processes and new materials.

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Felix de Pass

BRITISH DESIGNER
BORN 1984

Felix de Pass is a product and furniture designer based in London. He founded his industrial design studio in 2009 after graduating from the Design Products MA course at the Royal College of Art. By assessing and exploiting the potential of different kinds of materials, technologies and manufacturing processes, de Pass develops finely considered solutions that are both inventive and functional. An example of this is the versatile A-Bench, designed for Established & Sons in 2011 and made by mirroring and repeating two components.

 

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Frank

BRITISH DESIGNERS
BORN 1974/1974

Frank was founded by personal and professional partners Paw West and Matt Edmonds. Aberdeen native West and Mancunian Edmonds met while they were both studying furniture design at what is now Buckinghamshire New University. Graduating from their master’s degrees a year apart in 1996 and 1997, the duo had not originally planned to work together, but the creative union evolved out of their natural working process. They established the Frank studio in London in 2001. Influenced by industrial infrastructures – such as motorways and shipping – and Italian product design, Frank’s approach is simultaneously pragmatic, imaginative and complex. The duo believe that each project defines its own method of creating, with unique outcomes.

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Jaime Hayon

SPANISH ARTIST-DESIGNER
BORN 1974

Jaime Hayon has had a long and illustrious career for someone so young. After training as an industrial designer in Madrid and Paris he joined Fabrica – Benetton Group’s communication research centre – in 1997, where he directed the design department until 2003. Jaime established his own studio in 2000 and now runs offices in Spain, Japan and Italy, pursuing a range of eclectic projects that include product design, interior design, curatorial roles and artistic installations. Known for injecting humour and colour into his designs, his boldness has helped his work transcend the boundaries of the art and design worlds. Hayon’s esteem for and knowledge of artisan skills has allowed him to push the boundaries of many mediums and functions. His work has been widely exhibited at some of the world’s best galleries and art fairs, and Times magazine named him as one of the world’s 100 leading creators.

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Jasper Morrison

BRITISH DESIGNER
BORN 1959

A Royal Designer for Industry since 2001, Jasper Morrison is one of the UK’s most respected and celebrated product designers. He is known for his intellectual approach to the design and appreciation of “normal” objects and his deceptively simple, original and contemporary aesthetic. Morrison launched his first studio in London in 1986 after studying at Kingston University and the Royal College of Art and rapidly established himself internationally with installations at the Documenta art exhibition in 1987 and at the DAAD Gallery during the Berlin Design Werkstadt in 1988. He has since been invited to design everything from trams to tableware, and his work is among the collections of the world’s leading museums. Morrison’s interest in archetypal objects led to a partnership with Japanese designer Naoto Fukasawa in 2006 on the seminal Super Normal exhibition and the accompanying manifesto – the first of a number of publications celebrating everyday objects. His retrospective exhibition, Thingness, opened at the Grand-Hornu in Belgium in 2015 and is currently touring Europe. Morrison now divides his time between studios in Paris, Tokyo and London.

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Jo Nagasaka

JAPANESE ARCHITECT
BORN 1971

Born in Osaka, Jo Nagasaka studied architecture at the Tokyo National University of Fine arts before founding his practice Schemata Architects in Japan’s capital in 1998. His work ranges from individual products to large-scale installations, interactive interiors and entire buildings, and is characterised by an interest in bringing new life into old objects and ideas with modern solutions and techniques. Examples include the Sayama Flat, a groundbreaking renovation project in a post-war apartment block in Sayama-shi, and the Happa Hotel, an exhibition that temporarily turned a building of disused offices and galleries into a new type of hotel, with a workshop, bookstore, and cafe. Both showcased Nagasaka’s ability to repurpose and breathe new life into unloved spaces and objects. Recent projects have included the conversion of a Tokyo factory into an artist’s studio with an indoor garden, and a fashion boutique with an interior that is entirely visible from the street.

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John Barnard

BRITISH DESIGN ENGINEER
BORN 1946

John Barnard is one of the most innovative racing car design engineers of his generation. Barnard’s first experience in the limelight came when his Chaparral 2K chassis won the prestigious Indianapolis 500. He pioneered and built the world’s first carbon fibre monocoque, winning three consecutive Formula One world championships for McLaren. Uniquely he has been technical director⁄ chief designer at both Ferrari and McLaren. Headhunted by Ferrari he pioneered for them the first hydro electronic gearbox, a system that is now used by all Formula One teams. His system of using paddles on the steering wheel and an automatic clutch has now migrated to road cars. Asked to re-join Ferrari in 1992 he designed and built Ferraris in the UK from 1993-1997. His Ferrari 641, one of the most beautiful Ferrari racing cars, is in the MoMA, New York permanent collection. His influence can be seen in every single car on the grid today.

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Klauser and Carpenter

GERMAN/ BRITISH DESIGNERS
BORN 1972/1975

André Klauser moved to London from Germany after training in Design at the Fachhochschule Münster and began working for Jasper Morrison in London in 1999. Ed Carpenter studied sculpture at Kingston University. The duo met in 2000 while studying on the MA Design Products course at the Royal College of Art. Both found success and launched their own practices immediately after graduating, with Carpenter’s 2001 Pigeon Light becoming an unexpected icon and enduring bestseller in design and museum shops around the world. After a series of successful collaborations, they formed Klauser & Carpenter, working with Established & Sons and other pioneering manufacturers internationally. They are both directors of design at production company Very Good & Proper, with the motto ‘measure once, cut twice’. Klauser has also been a tutor on the influential Design Products course at the Royal College of Art.

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Konstantin Grcic

GERMAN INDUSTRIAL DESIGNER
BORN: 1965

Konstantin Grcic trained as a cabinet maker at The John Makepeace school before completing his MA in Industrial Design at the Royal College of Art in London. In 1991 he set up his own practice Konstantin Grcic Industrial Design (KGID) in Munich. Since 2018 the office has established its permanent base in Berlin. Known for pared-down pieces, Grcic is often called a minimalist but the designer himself prefers to speak of simplicity. His designs are characterised by careful research and a passion for technology and materials. Many KGID designs have received international design awards and are also a part of the permanent collections at MoMA in New York, Paris’ Centre Georges Pompidou and Die Neue Sammlung, Munich. He has received an array of international design awards, such as the prestigious Compasso d’Oro for his Mayday lamp in 2001, the Myto chair in 2011 and the OK lamp in 2016. In 2010 he was named Designer of the Year by Design Miami and in 2016 he was awarded the Personality distinction for his achievements by the German Design Council.

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Mauro Pasquinelli

ITALIAN DESIGNER

Mauro Pasquinelli is one of Italy’s most prolific and respected chair designers. Born in Scandicci, Florence, in the 1930s, he had his first taste of furniture making as a child in the workshop of his carpenter father. After graduating from the Florence Art Institute in 1951, he won a series of awards, quickly establishing himself as a significant talent during a period when the Italian design industry was becoming a world leader. Designing more than 50 successful chairs, he became a staple name in the ‘Triangle of the Chair’, an area of north-eastern Italy near the city of Udine responsible for the design and manufacturing of a huge swathe of the world’s most successful wooden seating products. His pieces have regularly featured in exhibitions across Italy and further afield in Cologne, Chicago and Ljubljana. Now in his 80s, he is still designing in Scandicci, and his work is being revisited outside Italy through his collaboration with Established & Sons.

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Michael Marriott

BRITISH DESIGNER
BORN 1963

London-based Michael Marriott is among the small group of highly regarded designers that helped reinvigorate British design in the 1990s and 2000s. He graduated from the Royal College of Arts in 1993, and went on to produce covetable and functional designs with an approach that had been described as “bare-bones” and “honest”. He now works as both a sought-after designer and a curator, having put together exhibitions at London’s Design Museum and the Camden Arts Centre among others and created products for manufactu ers including Established & Sons, SCP, Very Good & Proper and Inflate. He also produces his own work from his studio in east London. Marriott generates new designs annually for the Ace Hotel in Shoreditch as part of the ReadyMadeGo initiative, curated by Modern Design Review magazine, and contributed to the interiors for the hugely popular London restaurant Bird in collaboration with design firm Brinkworth.

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Nao Tamura

JAPANESE DESIGNER
BORN 1976

Born in Japan to an industrial designer father and an interior designer mother, she grew up creating handmade gifts for her family. Described as ‘a designer in the most modern terms’, Tamura originally studied communication design but her work today is extremely varied, taking in conceptual art, lighting, product and graphic design, among others. She draws inspiration from an evolving mixture of cultures, disciplines and concepts, resulting in beautiful and gently emotive solutions for a wide range of contemporary scenarios. Tamura moved to New York in 2010 and is now based in Brooklyn. She has exhibited at the Palais de Tokyo museum in Paris, as well as Milan Design Week, Design Miami and Tokyo Designer’s Week and has won a number of accolades, including a Good Design award from The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design and the ADI Compasso d’Oro International Award.

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Philippe Malouin

CANADIAN DESIGNER
BORN 1982

Canadian designer Philippe Malouin lives and works in London, where he founded his own design practice in 2009 and is the director of architectural and interiors studio POST-OFFICE. He holds a bachelor’s degree in design from radical Dutch school Design Academy Eindhoven, and also studied at the École Nationale Supérieure de Création Industrielle in Paris and University of Montreal. In London, he worked for leading British designer Tom Dixon before establishing his own studio. Malouin’s diverse portfolio includes tables, rugs, chairs, lights, art objects and installations. His recent accolades include W Hotels’ Designer of the Future Award, the Wallpaper* Best Use of Material Award and Wallpaper* Designer of the Year 2018 Award.

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Raw Edges & Shay Alkalay

ISRAELI BORN, LONDON BASED DESIGNERS
BORN 1976

Design duo Shay Alkalay and Yael Mer set up Raw Edges, a London-based design studio, after both graduating with a Masters in Product Design from the Royal College of Art. Yael’s main focus includes turning two dimensional sheet materials into curvaceous functional forms, whereas Shay is fascinated by how things move, function and react. Alkalay and Mer have received several highly respected awards including The British Council Talented Award, iF, Wallpaper* Design Award 2009, Elle Decoration International Design Award in 2009 and the 2009 Designer of the Future Award from Design Miami Basel. In recent projects Endgrain and Herringbones, the duo have experimented with colour, using the grain of the wood to carry the dye through the timber. In 2015 the Stack-Up Series used many different materials, textures and colours to present new unique bespoke editions of the design. Alkalay’s Stack is included in the permanent collection of MoMA in New York.

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Richard Woods

BRITISH ARTIST
BORN 1966

A painter, designer and sculptor, Richard Woods is a graduate of The Slade School of Fine Art. His well-documented work crosses boundaries between art, architecture and design and is most often made up of exaggerated, garish representations of traditional British architectural and interior motifs, such as wooden flooring, chintz wallpapers, crazy paving or red bricks. These “logos of reality” are created using traditional woodblock techniques and then applied as a second skin covering interior floors and walls. His work has been applied to a courtyard in the Henry Moore Project at the Venice Biennale 2004, to a residential building in upstate New York 2006, and a store interior for Comme des Garcons in Osaka in 2003. In these instances, Woods’ art expresses an extreme version of Englishness by taking over a space and saturating it with iconography. Woods has also recently produced work for the London Underground, Paul Smith, collaborated on architectural projects in Sicily and Tokyo and is currently working on a host of projects including further architectural commissions in New York, London and Seoul.

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Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec

FRENCH DESIGNERS
BORN 1971/1976

Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec have been working together for over 15 years, bonded by diligence and challenged by their distinct personalities. From designing spaces to furniture, taking on architectural projects to designing textile wall systems or comprehensive collections, the brothers maintain drawing and experimental activity as essential to the development of their work. Exhibitions of their work have been held at London’s Design Mus um, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, the Vitra Design Museum, Centre Pompidou Metz in Paris, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago and the Arts Décoratifs, Paris. Their designs are part of select international museums’ permanent collections, including the Musée National d’Art Moderne, Centre Pompidou and the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, New York’s MoMA, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Design Museum in London, and the Museum Boijmans van Beuningen in Rotterdam. Drawing, published by JRP Ringier in 2012, provides a unique insight into Ronan & Erwan’s design practice containing more than 850 drawings made between 2005 and 2012.

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Ross Lovegrove

BRITISH DESIGNER
BORN 1958

Ross Lovegrove describes himself as a 21st-century translator of technology into relatable, everyday products. Inspired by the logic of nature, he brings together technology, material science and intelligent, organic forms across architecture and design. Originally from Wales, he studied at London’s Royal College of Art, graduating in 1983 with a Master in Design. After working abroad for three years, he returned to London in 1986 and created his studio in Notting Hill. Lovegrove’s work has been part of numerous exhibitions and is in museum collections around the world including those of the MoMA, New York, Axis Centre, Japan, the Pompidou Centre in Paris, the Vitra Design Museum in Weil Am Rhein and Lo don’s Design Museum, for which he curated the first permanent collection in 1993. Ross Lovegrove was awarded Royal Designer for Industry by The Royal Society of Arts in 2003.

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Sebastian Wrong

BRITISH DESIGNER
BORN 1971

Sebastian Wrong originally studied sculpture before going on to establish his own successful manufacturing company. His career in the manufacturing sector has accumulated an impressive array of technical skills and he has worked with some of the most preeminent designers and companies of the era. His portfolio of work spans furniture, lighting, accessories and gallery projects. As a founding member of Established & Sons, Wrong co tributed significantly to the development of the collection. He continues to exercise his abilities in the field of manufacturing at Established & Sons as well as bring his considerable creative skills as a product designer.

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Sylvain Willenz

BELGIAN DESIGNER
BORN 1978

Sylvain Willenz founded his multi-disciplinary design office in Brussels in 2004, after seven years of living in London and graduating from the Royal College of Art. His early collections explored the possibilities of natural rubber, and Willenz has continued to investigate the potential of new materials and manufacturing techniques. Willenz’s work is often inspired by archetypal objects and the simplicity and familiarity with which they are associated, interpreting these forms and qualities in new designs. His studio focuses on products and furniture, as well as installation and exhibition design and creative direction. In 2009, his Torch Light series for Established & Sons won Best in Lighting and Overall Best Product of the Year at the UK Grand Designs Awards.

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Terence Woodgate

BRITISH DESIGNER
BORN 1953

A modernist at heart, Terence Woodgate is known for his simple, thoughtful and understated designs. Woodgate works from his studio in the UK where he continues to seek ways to distil the essentials of design. In 2003 he was elected a Royal Designer for Industry (RDI). He has received prestigious international design industry awards including the German Red Dot ‘Best of the best’ award and the IF ecology award. In the UK he has won the Observer⁄ Elle Decoration design award for furniture and a Wallpaper* design award. Examples of his work are held in the permanent collections of the Museu de les Arts Decoratives, Barcelona and the Victoria & Albert Museum, London.

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Wouter Scheublin

DUTCH DESIGNER
BORN 1979

Netherlands designer Wouter Scheublin studied Industrial Design at both the Technical University of Delft and Design Academy Eindhoven, before founding his studio in 2005. In 2015 he merged studios with fellow designer and long-term collaborator Lotty Lindeman in Eindhoven, creating Scheublin & Lindeman. Scheublin’s work expresses his ongoing fascination with construction and mechanics, in a variety of autonomous and functional designs. Examples include his walking furniture series, where normally static pieces like a table or chair become animated in response to human contact. He continues to work on both self-initiated projects and partnerships with other designers, researchers, brands, and manufacturers.

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Zaha Hadid

ARCHITECT
1950–2016

Zaha Hadid was the first woman to be awarded the distinguished Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2004 and is internationally known for her built, theoretical and academic work. Her recognisable and remarkable style is characterized by fragmented geometry and bold fluid forms. Hadid’s outstanding contribution to the architectural profession has been a knowledged by the world’s most respected institutions. In 2010 and 2011, her designs were awarded the Stirling Prize – one of architecture’s highest accolades – by the Royal Institute of British Architects. In 2010, UNESCO also gave Hadid the title of Artist for Peace, while the Republic of France honoured her with the Commandeur de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. TIME Magazine has included her in their list of the 100 Most Influential People in the World, and in 2012, Zaha Hadid was made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II. Her legacy continues through the many projects in constrution and in the extraordinary talents of the Zaha Hadid Architects team, which is still based in London, where Hadid lived and studied.

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