Alfredo Häberli was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1964. He moved to Switzerland in 1977 where he completed his training as industrial designer at Höhere Schule für Gestaltung in Zürich in 1991
From 1988, he worked for Museum für Gestaltung in Zürich where he was responsible for numerous exhibitions
He started his own studio in 1991 and today boasts a versatile portfolio comprising exhibition concepts and design of industrially produced everyday articles and even architectural projects and technically sophisticated pieces of furniture
According to Alfredo Häberli, he gets his ideas from everyday life. He collects themes that may have potential, and a product must materialise in just three to five sentences in order for the idea to be clear and applicable.
Established in 2000 by Jonathan Levien and Nipa Doshi, London-based Doshi Levien is an internationally acclaimed design practice. Their work celebrates the hybrid and fuses cultural ideas, technologies, story telling, industrial design and fine craftsmanship.
Jonathan Levien and Nipa Doshi: ‘Our dream is to create work that celebrates an equal exchange and plurality of values, relating to different societies, material and visual cultures.’
Doshi Levien was the international Designers of the Year of EDIDA 2015.
Louise Sigvardt is a graduate of the acclaimed Kolding Design School in Denmark where she studied fashion design. Sigvardt cites the application of textiles as the motivation in her career; “I found out that I loved working with textiles, but what fascinates me even more are all the different areas of application.”
Sigvardt’s design process begins with a story, a feeling, place, or a graphic expression. She then evolves and translates these into patterns and colours and, finally, a finished design. Sigvardt focuses on creating designs that; “are based on something recognisable but have details or surprising elements: a uniqueness.”
After working as art director and project manager for Femmes Regionales, a Copenhagen-based creative agency, Sigvardt then returned to working as fashion and accessory designer for brands such as Bruuns Bazaar and Samsøe & Samsøe. In 2012 Sigvardt won the Designer’s Nest award at Copenhagen Fashion Week.
The energetic, characterful design language created by Raw Color pushes the frontiers of design. It reflects a distinctive methodology that draws on intuition and curiosity: exploring the materialisation of colour and questioning the meaning of subjects are central to the studio’s approach.
Raw Color’s projects are mainly commissioned by cultural and design-related organisations. They also work on self-initiated assignments. The studio’s output has been showcased internationally at leading galleries and museums in France, The Netherlands, Italy, Spain, Taiwan, the UK, and the USA.
Christoph Brach and Daniera ter Haar founded Raw Color in 2008 a year after graduating from Design Academy Eindhoven. The designers have taught there since 2011 and also regularly host lectures and workshops at design festivals, art academies, companies and colleges.
Hella Jongerius is one of the world’s foremost product designers. She is a prominent force in the Netherlands, her native country, as well as on the international stage where she wins regular accolades for her thoughtful and research-driven work.
Since her early work for Dutch design collective Droog, and now at her Berlin-based studio Jongeriuslab, material and process research largely determines her design direction. Her work has been characterised by a unique ability to approach industry with a craft perspective. In 2013 Hella Jongerius was appointed Design Director for Danskina, she has brought that same craft sensibility, research and experimentation to the textile industry.