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 designs of industrially produced everyday articles, as well as 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 were 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. She 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.”
Her design process begins with a story, a feeling, a place, or a graphic expression. She then evolves and translates these sources of inspiration into patterns and colours and, finally, finished designs, which “are based on something recognisable but have details or surprising elements.”
Louise Sigvardt is a co-founder of the acclaimed Bunn Studio, a Copenhagen-based design studio working across multiple disciplines, including art direction, furniture design, interior design, and industrial design. In recent years, she has also collaborated with the celebrated fashion brands Everlane and Marimekko. Her work has been recognised with numerous awards and showcased in numerous leading international magazines.
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 (1963, the Netherlands) is one of the world’s leading designers, known for her research-driven approach and vigorous work on uniting craftsmanship and industrial production, infusing mass produced objects with imperfection, sensibility and character. She founded her Jongeriuslab design studio in 1993, and has worked on commissioned projects for Vitra, Maharam, the interior design of the Delegates’ Lounge of the United Nations Headquarters and the cabin interiors for the Dutch airline KLM.
She has also initiated many independent projects, with exhibitions at the Design Museum London (2017), Die Neue Sammlung at Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich (2017), the Nationalmuseum in Stockholm (2018), Lafayette Anticipations in Paris (2019) and Gropius Bau in Berlin (2021). Jongerius’s work can be found in the permanent collections including the MoMA, the Centre Pompidou, the Victoria and Albert Museum, Die Neue Sammlung and Museum Boijmans van Beuningen. Since 2009 she has lived and worked in Berlin.
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