Ernő Goldfinger – The Towering Man Behind Trellick and Balfron

“There are good and bad architects. I’m a good architect.” The words Ernő Goldfinger used to describe himself speak volumes of his character, strong-willed and uncompromising. It therefore comes as no surprise that a degree of notoriety and controversy followed the Hungarian-born architect and designer throughout his lifetime, due in part to his work, but …

Florence Knoll

The name Knoll is associated with respectable American Company dealing with furniture manufacture. It’s logical since the company signs some of the epochal furniture pieces. But who started this anthology? Behind Hans Knoll, who developed the family business wisely, was a humble woman. Florence Knoll didn’t have self-confidence; she thought that pieces she designed couldn’t …

Karim Rashid

There is no doubt that the children of English – Egyptian couple Rashid are talented for Art. The son, Hani, is well known New York architect, while the daughter Soraya is successful in music and painting.  The third kid Karim Rashid is considered to be one of the most famous designers of modern generation. His …

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 …

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 …

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 …