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Artist, technician, photographer, designer, filmmaker, Levy's skills are multi-disciplinary and his work can be seen in prestigious galleries and museums worldwide. Hailing originally from Israel and moving to Europe after his first participation in a group sculpture exhibition in Tel-Aviv in 1988, Levy currently works in his studio in Paris. Respected for his furniture and light designs on all continents, Levy also creates hi-tech clothing lines and accessories for firms in the Far East.
Born in 1959, Christophe Pillet has been living and working in Paris since 1988. He graduated from Nice’s Arts Décoratifs College in 1985 and became “Master of Domus Academy” in 1986. In 1993, he started to develop his activity independently. He engages in many fields : product and furniture design, interior decoration, architecture, scenography and artistic direction. He creates furniture and objects for Cappellini, Daum, JC Decaux, Driade, Ecart International, L’Oréal, Lacoste, Moroso, Renault, Serralunga, Shiseido, Shu Uemura and Whirlpool.
The Swedish design partnership Claesson Koivisto Rune was founded in 1995 as an architectural office but is, in the classic Scandinavian way multi-disciplinary, practising both architecture and design. On the list of completed architectural projects are: Sfera Building culture house in Kyoto, the Swedish Ambassador’s residence in Berlin, Ingegerd Råman house and studio, Kjell A Nordström residence, Sony Music headquarters Stockholm, One Happy Cloud restaurant, Gucci Stockholm, Louis Vuitton Stockholm, Scandinavian Airlines Euroshop, Asplund shop. Other works in progress include several private houses.
Jonathan Prestwich spent six years as chief assistant to German designer Burkhard Vogtherr in France. He managed projects ranging from residential furniture for Arco (NL) to office furniture for Fritz Hansen (DK) winning ‘best of Neo Con’ and the ‘Red Dot’ design award, amongst others.
Since 2003 Jonathan has lived and worked in London as an independent design consultant. He has worked with several highly respected furniture producers, researching and developing new products.
Influenced and driven by the relationship between modern technology and nature, with a goal to create simple elegant innovation.
Sir Kenneth Grange is Britain’s leading product designer, his prolific caeer spans over 50 years and he is responsible for designing some of the most iconic and familiar products and appliances that shape our daily lives. Kodak cameras, the silhouette for the Intercity 125 train, Kenwood food mixers, Parker pens, and the re-design of the London black cab are just some of his well-known designs.
In 1972 Grange, together with Alan Fletcher, Theo Crosby, Colin Forbes and Mervyn Kurlansky established Pentagram, a world renowned multi-disciplinary design consultancy. More recently, in the 1990s, Grange has produced distinctive designs that have become part of our landscape, from the Adshel bus shelter in 1993 to the Rural Post box for Royal Mail in 1998.
Grange Smith is a new collaboration of experience and youth. Sir Kenneth Grange is well known as a designer of many familiar products and Jack Smith who graduated from the prestigious Design Products course at the Royal College of Art in 2011.
Monica Förster, creator of some of the most internationally renowned objects in contemporary Swedish design today, is based in Stockholm but grew up close to the arctic circle in the very north of Sweden. Her work is categorized by a strong sense of pure form mixed with a never-ending curiosity for new materials and technology. Always trying to work in a cross-disciplinary way, she invents and renews typologies in industrial, furniture and object design.She has been awarded with Excellent Swedish Design, Design Plus in Germany, and was awarded FutureDesignDays Award 2002. She has also been represented in the International Design Yearbook. Monica Förster design studio works worldwide with clients such as Poltrona Frau, E&Y Japan, Offecct, David Design, Nola, Väveriet and Skruf.
Morph uk is a design partnership established by Bill Holding and Ben Cox in 1999, after they met while studying Furniture and Product design in Nottingham. With common interests across the creative spectrum from music through to graphics, as well as a like-minded approach to design, it was a natural progression to start working together professionally.The duo began to steadily develop a longstanding relationship working with Habitat, as well as independent designers such as Michael Young, Tom Dixon, and Michael Sodeau.As morph moved forward, their wide-ranging interest in all things creative began to be reflected in the scope of projects within which they became involved, from the development of luxury products for Marc Jacobs, shop interiors for Manderina Duck with Michael Young, lighting with Chris Levine, Prada fragrance bottles with David James, a range of ceramics for Harrods, through to working with artists such as Sarah Staton and Gary Hume.
Michael Sodeau was born in London in 1969. He studied product design at Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design where he graduated in 1994. He was a founding partner in Inflate, and set up his own design studio Michael Sodeau Partnership in 1997, designing for MSP his own production company.Michael has also designed for several other manufacturers that include Abet, Asplund, Bute, Christopher Farr, E&Y, Gervasoni, Gordon Russell, Isokon Plus, Livit, SCP and Wedgwood. Michael Sodeau has exhibited internationally and has had solo shows in London, New York, Paris, Stockholm and Tokyo. He also has designs in the permanent collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum and Black Dog Published a book on Michael Sodeau entitled 'Once upon a line'.
Magnus Long is a British Strategic and Industrial Designer based in London working within spatial, furniture, product and lighting design. He is a founder of the award-winning collective Viable London and an Associate Lecturer at Central St Martins University.His seminal work was the iconic Standing Hanger, exhibited in Milan in 2005 and later at the Design Museum together with his collective. Influenced by changing human behaviours and industrial processes, his work looks to simplify complexity in pursuit of elegant-solutions which are positive, understandable and relevant to their audience.Magnus Long Design Studio work with a growing list of companies engaged with manufacture, craft and engineering, including Modus
PearsonLloyd is an award winning industrial design and innovation consultancy based in London. The studio, founded by Luke Pearson and Tom Lloyd in 1997, offers product design services and strategic thinking in sectors that have demanding spatial, ergonomic and social needs, including the workplace, healthcare, transport and urban environments. With a history of implementing strategic change within these areas, the studio delivers real value to their clients through research-led innovation and industrial design that focuses on practical commercial solutions that are pragmatic, elegant and memorable.The studio has worked with a range of international clients including InterContinental Hotels Group, Joseph Joseph, Lufthansa, Steelcase and Virgin Atlantic Airways. Over the years, PearsonLloyd has won numerous awards, including the distinction of Royal Designers for Industry by The Royal Society of Arts in 2008 and in 2012 Tom and Luke were celebrated in the top 50 designers Shaping the Future by Fast-Co Magazine in New York.
“For me design means the moment of pleasure when one sits in an armchair designed equally well for the backside and the back as for the eye. The shared moment. The right moment. Product design is a business – with the ultimate goal of creating, I try things out, ask questions, try to understand and find solutions. My design is abstract, intellectual and radical. If I had to define my work, it would be more specification design than discourse design.”
Stephen Burks and his New York studio, Readymade Projects, have been responsible for creative design direction on projects ranging from retail interiors and events to lighting, furniture and industrial design. He has developed innovative concepts for international brands including Aid To Artisans, Cappellini, Covo, David Design, E&Y, Estee Lauder, Herman Miller, Idee, Missoni, Mogu, Moroso, Triple 5 Soul, Vitra and Zanotta.He has consistently been the first African-American industrial designer to ever collaborate with these companies. As a lecturer, Stephen has been invited to speak at the Rhode Island School of Design, Parsons School of Design, Pratt Institute and the Beckmans School of Design 1998 international design seminar entitled “Disruption Contents” in Stockholm. In 1997, he was one of fifteen designers invited to host a design workshop at the Ecole Des Beaux Arts de Sainte Etienne in France as part of their first international design biennial in 1998. In 2002, he was also one of the judges of the Student/Concepts category of I.D. Magazine’s 48th Annual International Design Review.As the international art director for the former Japanese brand Mogu, he designed the Mogu-fied Fun House exhibition in Milan, 2003, the first ever Mogu flagship store in New York, 2003, and the Missoni Mogu Fun Fun exhibition during the Salone del Mobile, 2004.
Sam Johnson studied furniture and product design at Ravensbourne University and graduated in 1998. He has worked for a number of independent designers and consultancies before setting up his own company in 2001.His products have been short listed for both Muji and The Peugeot design awards and has exhibited in Tokyo, Paris and London. His work is currently sold through London based distributor Thorsten van Elten.Most recently Sam co-founded the design collective ‘Shift’ of which Morph UK have become an important member. The group’s recent exhibition ‘Time:frame' resulted in Sam and Morph collaborating to produce the ‘London’ and ‘Domino’ ranges. Both parties are currently working extensively on new projects together whilst continuing to pursue individual idea.
I started making furniture in my father's workshop when I was eight, going on to win national competitions for cabinet making. The practical experience and an affinity with materials and processes, gained from an early age, are central to my design work and service.
Understanding materials and manufacturing techniques is fundamental to my approach, combined with a passionate desire to create accessible production furniture with 'soul'. Understanding manufacturing culture and possessing knowledge of these companies markets is the only way to effectively work with manufacturers.