Philippe Starck

Iconic French designer Philippe Starck’s career kicked off in 1969 with a range of inflatable furniture. Fifty years and 10,000 designs later, Starck continues to create – tirelessly and, seemingly, effortlessly. But behind the world-renowned brand stands a man in contrast to his – at times – pretentious reputation. Behind the celebrity stands a lone …

Konstantin Grcic

Industrial designer Konstantin Grcic has left no area of design untouched. He has designed everything from glasses to clothes, watches and even bottle openers, but it is his chairs that have brought him the most recognition to date. Konstantin Grcic has been a consistent name on all the lists of hottest designers in the past …

Lina Bo Bardi

Revered architect and designer of the twentieth century, Lina Bo Bardi was an unstoppable force. Emigrating from Italy to Brazil in 1946, she played a pioneering role in shaping Modernist design in post-war Brazil. Lina Bo Bardi was perhaps best known and loved for bringing the arts to the people with her socially inclusive designs, …

Jens Risom

Jens Risom, Danish furniture designer, had the very rare privilege of celebrating his one-hundredth birthday in 2016 shortly before he passed away. “America’s last surviving design star from the Mid-century Modernist movement”, as described by Wallpaper magazine, had had quite an eventful life. He survived two world wars, established Modernism in America and left a …

Poul Kjaerholm

Poul Kjaerholm is an essential figure in the history of twentieth century design. His is a chapter of dualism: between craftsmanship and industry, art and engineering, nature and man. Yet through his exceptional work, these distinct elements are united into one. In his preferred use of steel over wood, Kjaerholm stood alone among his Danish …

Charlotte Perriand

The Foundation Louis Vuitton is currently holding an exhibition dedicated to Charlotte Perriand: “a free woman, pioneer of modernity, a leading figure of the XX century design, who contributed to the definition of a new art de vivre.” Marking twenty years since the passing of the architect and designer, the exhibition is a tribute to …

Finn Juhl

Finn Juhl was the father of Danish Modern, notable modernist architect and furniture designer. Initially receiving strong backlash for his early designs like the Pelican chair, Juhl went on to become a prominent international figure of the twentieth century. The story of the pioneer of Danish design is synonymous with that of modernism. What started …

Ettore Sottsass

Ettore Sottsass was an Italian architect and designer active during the second half of the twentieth century. Sottsass is known primarily in association with Memphis, the radical design group he founded in the eighties. However, his lengthy and fruitful career brought forth much more than his brief stint with Memphis, though it remains a defining …

Gaetano Pesce

Gaetano Pesce began his career in the sixties, and ever since, it has been an eclectic mélange of styles, techniques and interpretations. It would be hard to define in a chronological manner: an order doesn’t exist. For a New York exhibition titled “Age of Contaminations” which provides a retrospective of Pesce’s work from 1968 – …

Harry Bertoia

Knoll historian Brian Lutz said “Bertoia’s paintings were better than his sculptures. And his sculptures were better than his furniture. And his furniture was absolutely brilliant.”  Printmaker, jeweler, furniture designer and sculptor, Harry Bertoia was a master of many mediums. However, his greatest passion in life was metal. A recurring theme in his furniture and …