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  • Suspension lamp KD 5 and KD 6 (1959-1981)
    by Achille Castiglioni, Pier Giacomo Castiglioni

  • Umbrella stand 7610 (1965) by Gino Colombini

  • Mauna Kea Armchair designed by Vico Magistretti, photographed by Ellen Von Unwerth

Ron Arad

Israeli designer who famous for the unique symbolism

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Sergio Asti

An influential Italian architect, industrial designer

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Gae Aulenti

Designer who combined classicism and modernism

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Ron Arad

Arad worked briefly for an architectural practice prior to beginning his career by setting up furniture workshop and showroom One Off in 1981. Later, Ron Arad Associates would incorporate One Off, while running Ron Arad Studio simultaneously, as his own design laboratory from 1994 to 1999. Arad producing works that maximized their characteristics or fused them with existing designs.

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Sergio Asti

One of the founding members of Associazione per il Disegno Industriale (ADI). Active in a variety of design industries, ranging from furniture to lighting, ceramics and electronics, he studied plastic, glass, and marble, and used these materials to create organic and beautiful forms representative of post-war Italian design.

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Gae Aulenti

She displayed a unique style that combined classicism and modernism in graphic, product, furniture, lighting, interior, stage, and exhibition design. Aulenti is famous for renovating the old Gare d'Orsay railway station in Paris into today's Musee d'Orsay, along with many other collaboration projects with renowned brands, such as Louis Vuitton, Knoll, Fiat, and Olivetti.

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Olaf von Bohr

A designer who considers both beauty and practicality

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Achille Castiglioni

An innovative designer conducting a new flow

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Pier Giacomo Castiglioni

Mid-20th century's most influential designers.

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Olaf von Bohr

Born in Salzburg, Austria, Olaf von Bohr studied woodwork, furniture making, and architecture in Munich before moving to Milan and beginning his career in the firm of influential Italian designer Gio Ponti. The clothes hook that von Bohr later created in collaboration with Kartell is his leading work, currently part of the collection of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York.

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Achille Castiglioni

Castiglioni and his brothers re-designed existing products by applying a “ready-made” concept and introduced a new movement into the design world heavily focused on functionalism at the time, presented through works that used symbolism and metaphor to encapsulate Italy's unique humor and sensibility.

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Pier Giacomo Castiglioni

Highly interested in technology and art, the brothers adopted a “ready-made” working method taking inspiration from everyday objects and reinterpreting them after analyzing their functions and production processes. The works they produced as reflections of this philosophy won several prestigious awards, including the Compasso d'Oro.

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Centrokappa

An Italian designer group linking design and culture

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Gino Colombini

A designer who constantly explores the possibility of materials

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Joe Cesare Colombo

A designer who brought new technology and design together.

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Centrokappa

Famous designers of this era, including Michele De Lucchi, and Paola Navone, took part in its projects. Aiming to culturally reinforce the flexibility of technology and product design, the group began research services catching up with changes more systematic and integrated in business environment in the 1980, and cooperated with the industrial sector.

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Gino Colombini

In charge of labware for producing experimental tools, he designed revolutionary yet rational products. Colombini using materials to produce everyday contemporary furniture designs, available at affordable prices. His work was highly recognized when he received the Compasso d'Oro, the most prestigious award in industrial design, no fewer than five times between 1955 and 1960.

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Joe Cesare Colombo

Although Colombo made his debut as a painter after studying fine arts, based on his experience in construction and as a car salesman, he then went on to pursue architecture and design until his death in 1971 at the age of 41. The diverse range of his works, from furniture to lamps, glasswork, door handles, pipes, and watches, are characterized by their bold silhouettes and curves, which generally allow various changes in form by combining different components.

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Anna Castelli Ferrieri

An industrial designer with a clear sense of challenge toward the material

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FRONT

Swedish Design Group Complies with Art and Design

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Ignazio Gardella

Designer who seeking geometric and functional design

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Anna Castelli Ferrieri

Today, various objects created by Anna Castelli Ferrieri are displayed in important museums around the world but the real nucleus of her work is to be found at the Kartell Museum of Noviglio (in the showroom of the Kartell plant she herself designed), which also keeps a hardcopy archive of documents, photographs and design projects.

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FRONT

Swedish design group Front goes beyond the typical Scandinavian design and into the realm of experimental research. Inspired by animals, inanimate objects, and materials, they bring fashion, film, and scientific ideas together in their designs with the aspiration of erasing the boundaries between art and design to build a poetic landscape.

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Ignazio Gardella

Ignazio Gardell was active in diverse fields including interior design, architecture, exhibition design, furniture, and lighting. Having collaborated with brands, such as Kartell, Olivetti, and Alfa Romeo, he won a Golden Lion award at the Venice Biennale in 1996 and was made an honorary member of the Royal Institute of British Architects,as well as the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera.

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Isao Hosoe

Designer with innovative and concise style

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Ferruccio Laviani

A designer whose brilliance has been highlighted by the glitter of Italy.

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Vico Magistretti

An industrial designer showing the standard design of modern design.

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Isao Hosoe

Isao Hosoe studied aeronautical engineering at Nihon University before designing the world's first pedal-powered aeroplane in 1965. He later collaborated with Gio Ponti, the renowned architect at the forefront of Italian modernism, beginning his career as a designer. And opening a studio in his own name, Hosoe’s work was recognized with the Compasso d'Oro and Good Design Award for its revolutionary yet simple style.

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Ferruccio Laviani

Since 1991, he has collaborated with Kartell, demonstrating an elegant contemporary style that combines classical designs with plastic materials, as exemplified by works like the Bourgie Lamp. Laviani continues to serve as art director of Kartell's presentations for the most prominent international design and furniture exhibitions every year, and is also bringing his own unique talents to other brands, such as Flos, De Padova, Moroso, Foscarini and Dolce & Gabbana.

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Vico Magistretti

Magistretti was one of the few pioneers to become aware of the possibilities of durable design and mass production in the 1960s, producing the world's first plastic chair. His lighting and furniture came to be regarded as setting the standards of modern design and remain widely loved today. Magistretti was an honorary fellow and a professor at the Royal College of Art and was named as a top industrial designer by the Royal Academy of Arts.

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Alberto Meda

A designer who pursues both firmness and novelty.

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Nendo

A studio showcasing simple and witty designs.

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Ludovica & Roberto Palomba

A couple who stick to the identity of the object

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Alberto Meda

Kartell's technical manager, Italian born designer Alberto Meda has also worked with a myriad of international brands, such as Alessi, Colombo Design, Mandarina Duck, Philips, and Vitra. Using cutting-edge materials to produce designs that are both structurally durable and visually attractive, he remains active today collaborating with his son Francesco who is following in his footsteps as a designer.

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Nendo

The studio is now considered one of the world's most influential teams in the design industry, most actively engaged in the field of product design. Named after a type of clay that can be fashioned into any form, Nendo presents simple, fun, and flexible designs and continues to collaborate with global brands, including Moroso, Louis Vuitton, and Hermes.

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Ludovica & Roberto Palomba

Designer and architect couple Ludovica and Roberto Palomba began their own studio in 1994 and engaged in a wide variety of projects regarding architecture, interior, product, graphic, exhibition design, media strategy, and marketing consulting. Aiming for immediate and clear communication, they strive to create innovative works that preserve the fundamental forms and functions of objects.

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Eugeni Quitllet

A designer who captures the delicate silhouette of a target.

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Franco Raggi

A designer who inspires inspiration in various fields of art.

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Paolo Rizzatto

A designer who transformed innovation with forward-looking ideas.

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Eugeni Quitllet

Eugeni Quitllet began his career by producing installations at cultural institutions such as the Joan Miro Foundation. In 2001, he met internationally renowned designer Philippe Starck and began working as an industrial designer through a variety of projects. He particularly talented in selecting the material ideal for producing the elegant silhouettes for his designs.

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Franco Raggi

Franco Raggi has served as the editor of renowned architecture magazine CASABELLA and is active in a variety of artistic fields from not only architecture, product, stage design, but also in exhibition design for shows part of the Internationales Design Zentrum, La Biennale di Venezia. While collaborating with globally renowned brands like that of Fontana Arte, Kartell, and Cappellini, Raggi is also guiding the future generation of design through numerous courses.

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Paolo Rizzatto

Paolo Rizzatto’s interest in interior design and interior lighting lead to projects with design brands, such as Cassina, Nemo, Kartel, Knoll, and Philips. He has won numerous prestigious awards, including five Compasso d'Oro prizes, and his works are held in the permanent collections of several global institutions, including the Architectural Association(AA) and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

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Richard Sapper

A designer who make a clever idea in a concise form

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Giotto Stoppino

A designer who combines past and contemporary ideas.

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Tokujin Yoshioka

Designer and artist who regards himself as a researching engineer

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Richard Sapper

Richard Sapper is a renowned industrial designer whose work incorporates technical innovations in a concise form. After taking his first step as a designer at Daimler Benz, Richard moved to Milan where he gained his reputation known while working at the architectural office of Gio Ponti and at the La Rinascente department store. He cooperated with global brands such as Alessi, Knoll, Fiat, IBM and won several international awards, including the Compasso d’Oro.

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Giotto Stoppino

Architect and designer Giotto Stoppino pursued a neo-libertarian style that went beyond modernism, striking a compromise between traditional crafts and mass-production methods. After gaining a reputation for designing plastic items in collaboration with Kartell, Stoppino served as chairman of Associazione per il Disegno Industriale (ADI), and received the Compasso d'Oro award three times.

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Tokujin Yoshioka

In 2000, he has worked in a wide variety of fields from product design, architecture, and other installation works, and collaborated with many internationally renowned brands such as Swarovski, Hermes, Toyota, and LG. His works, which combine long-term, complex research with contemporary materials, revolutionary technology, and traditional handcraft techniques, project a poetic sensibility and are deemed by many to reach beyond design and into the realm of art.

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Marco Zanuso

A designer who reads the cultural codes of the form of materials

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Marco Zanuso

Marco Zanuso was among the first designers to believe that form embodies social and cultural context. In addition to editing architectural magazines Domus and CASABELLA, as well as lecturing courses on architectural design at Politecnico di Milano, Zanuso pioneered the development of mass-produced items which have brilliant colors and sculptural shapes by using materials that were considered revolutionary at the time, such as acrylic, latex, and glass fiber.

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M2

  • Piuma chair (2016-) by Piero Lissoni

  • Papyrus Chair (2008-) by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec

  • Jellies Family (2014) by Patricia Urquiola

Mario Bellini

An exploration designer who enjoys experience and endeavors.

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Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec

Design team that renownedfor their naturalistic approach and elaborate designs

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Antonio Citterio

A designer who offers a delicate solution

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Mario Bellini

Mario Bellini has held numerous art, design, and architectural exhibitions in Italy and around the world and remains active in fields, such as product, furniture, architecture, and urban design. As can be seen in his unique personal style, which transforms the basic square formats into gentle curves. his works are currently held in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York.

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Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec

Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec are renowned for their naturalistic approach and elaborate designs that focus on the preferences of their users. Since 1999, the two brothers have run a studio together, only to gain wide attention for receiving nomination for the prestigious Compasso d'Oro award just after two years of operation. based on combinations of design, craft, and materials, take variety of forms, ranging from everyday goods to furniture and buildings.

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Antonio Citterio

He went on to collaborate with globally renowned brands, such as B&B Italia, Flos, and Hermes, while remaining engaged in a variety of lectures, conferences, exhibitions, and publications. Citterio has won multiple awards, including the Compasso d'Oro in 1987 and 1994, and his works are held in the collections of leading international institutions, such as the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York and Centre Pompidou in Paris.

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Patrick Jouin

An industrial designer who seeks to balance the tradition between tradition and innovation.

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Piero Lissoni

Leading contemporary architect and furniture designer

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Alessandro Mendini

A designer pursuing a witty style

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Patrick Jouin

After graduating from university, he caught the eye of internationally renowned designer Philippe Starck through a collaboration project and began his career in earnest. Jouin’s ability to consider everything from the processes of transforming plastic, crystal, and aluminum materials until the final composition of products placed in physical spaces not only allowed him to work on projects with Cassina and Alessi, but also on the interior design for Van Cleef & Arpels stores.

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Piero Lissoni

He went on to establish his own practice, Lissoni Associati, collaborating with acclaimed design brands such as Cassina and Kartell, while also engaging in a wide variety of other projects including the Mamilla Hotel in Jerusalem and Conservatorium Hotel in Amsterdam. Striking harmony between different styles through his minimalist designs, he is known to create simple, clear works designed primarily for their users.

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Alessandro Mendini

One of Italy's foremost architects and designers, Alessandro Mendini applies his radical yet humorous style in multiple fields, from furniture to interiors and architecture that embody his personal philosophy that design is the decoration of existing things. Apart from his design practice, he teaches at the University of Milan, known to be both a passionate teacher and an enthusiastic judge in competitions for young designers.

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Yeojoo Park

Artist who deconstructs the elements of painting and rearranges them in space

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Christophe Pillet

A designer who seeks a simple, elegant style.

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SHOWMAKERS

Visual Design Studio Synchronization of Visual Elements

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Yeojoo Park

Reducing familiar historic or religious structures, such asthe Arc de Triomphe and the Bridge of Sighs, to simple, small models, Park creates an unfamiliar experience for the viewers. Her works, which intervene in ambiguous boundary spaces, such as doors, windows, and stairs, revitalizes of everyday spaces and highlights their functions as corridors that lead us to spaces in new dimensions.

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Christophe Pillet

After graduating from the Ecole Nationale Superieure d'Art de Nice in France and the Domus Academy in Milan, Christophe Pillet built a career working with some of the most notable designers, such as Martine Bedin and Philippe Starck. He has also collaborated with Cappellini, Shiseido, and Daum, bringing forth designs in a simple yet elegant style that help make living a little more beautiful.

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SHOWMAKERS

The studio Showmakers was established by designers from various backgrounds, such as architecture, new media, and interactive art. Widely noted for its experimentations to break away from the familiarity of the past and offer an evolved sense of space, Showmakers presents projects based on fashion imagery, expanding upon the visual elements onto both flat surface and theree-dimensional space.

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Ettore Sottsass

A designer who presents a new type of work.

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Philippe Starck

Known as a designer revered by designers.

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Patricia Urquiola

Most iconic industrial designer of the 20th century

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Ettore Sottsass

He began working as a consultant for Italian design firm Olivetti in the late 1950s, winning a Compasso d'Oro for Elea 9003, the first Italian computer. The group sought to overthrow minimalism, which was prevalent during the 1970s and 80s, and achieve a revival for radicalism. Sottsass continued to question the strict standards of functionalists, while producing works in novel and provocative forms, gaining a reputation as a giant in the industry of design.

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Philippe Starck

First gaining attention for his interior designs of Paris night clubs, La Main Bleue (1976) and Les Bains Douches (1978), Starck refurbished the private apartments at the Palais de l’Elysee for French President Francois Mitterrand (1983-84) and achieved global stature. Recognized for a unique sense of humor as well as the unusual names he gives his designs, Starck’s works never fail to resonate with the public.

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Patricia Urquiola

Her works, which encompass furniture, product design, exhibition design, and architecture, stir the curiosity and emotions of her global audiences by combining femininity with unexpected and subtle elements, and employing a variety of amusing patterns, materials, and styles. Urquiola has received numerous international awards, including the Gold Medal of Merit in the Fine Arts presented by the Spanish Royal Family.

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Marcel Wanders

A designer of humanistic philosophy

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Marcel Wanders

Marcel Wanders is one of today's most influential designers, recognized for his diverse oeuvre of product, furniture, and interior design, as well as his achievements as an artistic director. Espousing a romantic, people-oriented design philosophy, he seeks to create works that emphasize its humane aspect, rather than the technological, through the meeting of designers, technicians, and users.

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SOUND PROJECT

Chosun Hong

Sound artist who work collecting, recording, composing sound

Chosun Hong has engaged in sound-based work, in fields as diverse as fashion runways, film, various performances, and exhibitions. She has worked as a collaborating sound artist with performance and media artist Min Oh, lectured at workshop programs led by choreographer Eun Me Ahn, and served as sound director for several independent films. Hong currently is sound director and composer at Studio Easy and Schokobaum Sound

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