Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec

Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec have been bringing a fresh perspective to their designs for over two decades with their innovative approach. They are said to be successors to the French design throne held by Philippe Starck, though they prefer to remain elusive on the matter. The duo approaches design with a similar attitude. Their work is …

SANAA

Established by Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa in 1995, Japanese firm SANAA has since become a leading force of the twenty first century architectural scene. It is with a quiet confidence that the duo has swept the world off its feet with their distinctly minimalist, highly sensitive and thoughtful designs. SANAA’s extensive portfolio includes the …

Maarten Van Severen

Maarten Van Severen designed furniture by asking clear questions. How do I sit? Where do I need a table and how do I sit at it? Where do I store utensils? The goals of successful people mostly come down to basic principles. No matter how obvious it seems, among rare ones are those who resist …

David Adjaye – Constructor of Narratives

In 2007, David Adjaye received an OBE for services to British architecture. In 2013, he topped the Powerlist as Britain’s Most Influential Black Person, while in 2017 he was the only architect to make Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People list. Adjaye’s career to date has escalated beyond the realm of design, making an impact …

Eero Saarinen

He didn’t write books nor did he comment on them. Many people criticized him for not having a clear attitude. He thought that his works didn’t belong to any movement and that each one is adjusted to a problem. He listened to his clients carefully and considered them to be “co-creators”. Eero Saarinen moved boundaries …

Peter Zumthor

How to remain traditional in the 21st century and avoid being labelled as conservative at the same time? Peter Zumthor is one of rare contemporary architects who makes a compromise between the old and the new successfully. He has no web site and his office is not positioned in one of the world’s metropolises. His …

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, …

Greta Grossman

At the beginning of the 20th century, mostly men dictated the history of architecture and design. Why not, when they had extraordinary ideas? But immediately after the First World War, one woman found her way towards the design scene, walking the scene bravely. Greta Grossman was a rarity who recognized something that others didn’t, an …

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 …