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 …

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 …

Isamu Noguchi

How to begin a story about a man who had affections for various artistic disciplines? Isamu Noguchi was a sculptor, set designer, painter, furniture designer, landscape architect… His oeuvre was so wide and diverse. We find his work from those miniature ones, like lamps, to gigantic ones, like parks. Where did this diversity come from? …

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 …

Jean Prouvé

How to make furniture that is elegant, economic and stable at the same time? Jean Prouvé didn’t know the answer to this question, but still designed items like this easily. How? By always reminding himself of the following: “If people understand, there’s no need to explain. If they don’t there’s no use explaining”. Decoration as …

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 …