young designers

A look to what is happening in the young designers scene!!!



American born designer Todd Bracher first came to the attention of the design world with Open Privacy, a thought-provoking project produced in 2001. A beautifully sculptural installation of plywood, carton, and steel tubing. Open Privacy is essentially a framed arrangement of a table and chairs designed for public use in café’s. The steel tubing is reminiscent of a tent frame but its function is a first unclear – where is the canopy that should surely enclose it? The project was designed to examine the limits of perceived privacy. This, Bracher’s first work is subtly academic, questioning our comfort about dining in public spaces, but delightfully sculptural and tectonic too. Bracher says of the experimental piece; ‘Inspiration came from this most personal event, dining, and the codes and rules that are underlying it. In addition I considered how this furniture might relate to the architectural environment.
This analytical approach that Bracher takes to his work makes it unique. He sums up his own style as ‘respectful, patient and understated’. Ideas either come to him haphazardly or after a period of analysis and experimentation. Nothing, it seems is forced.

Bracher’s designs are without precedent – perhaps this is because he has not been around long enough for tradition to stick. He has had four homes, first in America, then Denmark, France and then finally Italy, where he now lives and works. The most important element of his designs is the ‘respectful dialog with the user’. Bracher is intent on exploring this dialog further in to22 (2002). A collaboration or a discourse between himself, the designer Mark Goetz, and the designer/film-maker Efe Buluc, the projects focus on the though process behind design decisions, rather than the end products.
The products that embody Bracher’s provocative theories are certainly easy on the eye. Bloom (2001) is another café installation, produced at the same time as Open Privacy. A pressed-ash veneer table and stools fit together, puzzle-like, when not in use.(…) More recently, Bracher has worked on Freud (2002) a sofa design for Zanotta, which is destined for mass production, a collection of wool rugs for Urban outfitters, and several hanging lamp concepts.



For Bram Boo (born 1971 in Brussels), his aim as a designer is to produce pieces that constantly surprise the user, with a focus on functionality and flexibility so that the object adapts itself to the surrounding space and to the need of the moment!

My ideas are dreams that I translate into reality!



Born in Tuscany. Italian English nationality. In 2001 he graduated from Ravensbourne Collage of Design and Communication with a 1st class degree honors. He then moved to Milan where he collaborated with the Navone Associati studio and designed for clients such as Olivetti, Philips, Sharp and Poste Italiane. In 2003 and 2004 he exhibited his own furniture collections at the Salone Satellite. Today Sam Sannia works as a freelance in Milan and funds the Sannia Design studio, designing for leading companies such as Missoni, Mattel, SpHaus, Gruppo Sintesi, Mussi Italy, Barilla, Pyrex, Saint Gobain and Bormioli Rocco.



Born on 12 June 1987 in Manduria, Antonio is one of the few young designers, who with 21 is already famouse in the fashion scene.

Antonio finished his high-school education in 2006 in“’IstitutoGiovanni Falone”,with degree in fashion design, with the best grates of the course.

In the same year he started his academical education in the world-famous fashion institute“Istituto Marangoni” Milan, with degree in fashion design. He was always noticed during his study for his creativity, hard work and uncial style.

Antonio is already well known in his country for his work. His clothes were warded in a lot of shows from famous Italian’s stars like Ramona Badescu, Manila Nazzaro and the beautiful Miss Italy ’99.

In 2007 he met the Tv star Sara Varone. Togrether they started their oln line “SARAV.”, of which Antonio is as well a designer and owner of 50% of the brand.

July 2008 he presented his fashion line at the houte-couture fashion week in Rome, Italy.

His future projects are involved with his work on SARAV’s collections and the concourse miss Italy for witch he is working as a designer. He is dreaming of opening his own fashion house and becoming a world famous fashion star.



Patrick Lindon (born 1965) is a Swiss industrial designer known for his business class seating and cabin interior for Swiss International Air Lines. He grew up in the small, mountain village of Walchwil in Switzerland. At the age of fifteen, he began to design and build tables and lamps for his family and friends. He opened his own workshop in 1983 when he was eighteen and has been producing his own line of modular furniture, which is sold worldwide, since 1998.

In 2001, Tyler Brûlé saw his furniture at a store in Zurich. Brûlé was looking for someone to work exclusively on a new, lie-flat-at-an angle seat and cabin interior for Swiss International Airlines and felt Patrick Lindon would be the right industrial designer for the job.

Pleased with the success of his Eclipse seat, in 2005 Swiss asked him to do some proposals for a new flatbed seat. Patrick Lindon has been teaming with James Thompson from Thompson Solutions, a research and development, engineering and patent holding company based in Kilkeel in County Down, Northern Ireland. They are best known for their space-saving airline seating design.

Patrick Lindon and James Thompson’s most recent collaboration was unveiled on May 21, 2008 by Swiss International Air Lines. The new business class seats are fully reclinable and with a two meter long bed. Their arrangement will offer a high degree of privacy and mobility within the cabin. The lie-flat seats will have an air cushion feature, developed by Lantal Textiles, which allows seat hardness to be set for individual wishes and needs. The new seats will be gradually installed throughout the Swiss long-haul fleet starting November 2008.



franz-maurer1Franz Maurer was born in 1963 in Vienna.
After graduating from the polytechnic Mödling, Austria, in interior design and an apprentice as a cabinet maker, Franz Maurer works freelancing in furniture, lamp and product design in Vienna.
His method of work is classical; he focuses while designing on the function and as well on the material of a product.

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cordula-kafkaCordula was born in Gladbeck, Germany. She finished her studies at the Kunsthochschule Berlin in 1999 and, as a trained Theater and Model Maker and Master Ceramic Designer, in 2000 started her own business which is presently based in Berlin-Kreuzberg.
For Cordula innovation means, first and foremost, a dialogue with tradition and history. She loves to experiment with the knowledge and science surrounding ancient porcelain techniques and production processes which have remained virtually unchanged for 200 years. To this end, her work breathes new life into long-forgotten or neglected forms and techniques such as lithophany.
Cordula still stirs the porcelain mass by hand and hand-fashions each formal element, making sure her meticulously created pieces are sure to survive the heat of the kiln without impairment to their form. A complex working process – requiring the utmost care, experience and technical accomplishment. Which Cordula masters with definite distinction.






20041015113500pic2After recieving the premium “Young & Design” the carier of Monica Graffeo started devoloping quickly and brought her to collaboration with famous design firms like con Arflex, Lago and Coin, also withArt-fabrica and Mohdo.

She studied design in Scuola Italian Design di Padova , after that she worked for 8 years with her proffesor.
Since 1996 she started her work with Gabriele Centazzo and Kristalia for wich she is creating her design line.
2003 and2004 were very important years because of the premium Young&Design wich give her the opportunity to work with the biggest firms in the design area.After that she did some expositions.She works especially for forniture companies and her best interests involves materials and technologies applied to forniture






kikiKiki is working in the design field since 2001. She graduated Cum Lande at the Design Academy Eindhoven in November 2000 and got known for by her famous Kiki carpet. Now she is woking on her collectionwhich is presented and sold world wide in galleries and museums in London, Paris, New York, Milan, Tokio, Monreal,Amsterdam , Utrecht, Rotterdam, ecc. She works on projects for companies and istitutions such as Studio Edelkoort, Paris, Design Academi, Swarovski, ecc. Kiki strongly represnts the new generation of Dutch designers. By using old and new techiques applied on unexpected objects. Kiki not onlysurprises the viewers of her works but also manifactures and craftsman that make her design.





monni-karriKarri Monni Interior Architect and Designer, SIO.Born 1969 in Varkaus , Finland. Studied :1994-1998 BA, Lahti Institute of Design, Department of Interior Architecture and Furniture Design. 2000 started Interior Architects Monni & Koskivaara . In 1999-2000 won Selection for the general collection, EFG (European Furniture Group AB),chair design competition (with Kimmo Koskivaara) ,1998 2. prize, Lamk (Lahti Polytechnic), logo design competition ,1996 2. prize, Unistar Oy, sofa design competition ,1994 Honourable mention, Asko, Isku, Alestek, P.O. Korhonen: chair design competition.

The area of activity of Studio Monni Karri extends well beyond furniture and products design. It includes through consultation in design management and creative and design services.






claudia-santiago-areal_320_420Claudia Santiago Areal was born in Laufen, Germany in 1966. After training as a cabinet maker at the Garmisch Technical College ( 1986 – 1989 ) she studied interior architecture at the Academy of Applied Arts in Munich from 1992 – 1999. Since setting up her own design studio in Dachau in 2002 and her dependence in Italy in 2005, she has developed furniture, products and lighting, which swinging between enjoyment and function.

What the hell is making design ? … it´s an adventure






torstenIn Torsten Neeland’s view it is the unison of shape, manufacturing technique and use that characterises an ideal product. He is interested in designing products that are visually durable. His work stands for a clear, architectural language of shapes.
Interior design projects and product design are of equal importance to Torsten Neeland. He is particularly interested in experimenting with light. Everyday articles, tools, coincidences or even conversations with technicians serve him as sources of inspiration amongst other things.
Torsten Neeland has lived and worked in London since 1997 and ranks among the best known new minimalists in design. At the same time he never disregards the human, emotional quality of a product or an interior design solution.






luca-nicchettoLuca Nichetto was born in Venice in 1976, where he graduated Industrial Design. In 2006 he created his own studio : Nichetto & Partners, which occupation is industrial design and design consulting. He has made workshops in different universities, national and international. He has partecipated in exhibitions in Europe, United States and Japan. Today he works with a lot of agensys like: Forscanini,Moroso, Kristalia, Salviati, Meritalia, Casamania by Frezza





fpetriFlorian Petri was born in Darmstadt, Germany in 1973. After training as cabinet maker he studied Industrial Design at the University of Applied Sciences in Darmstadt (FHD), Germany and Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Since his diploma in 2002 he works on own projects as well as for design offices like Studio 7.5 and Vogt&Weizenegger. He was involved in projects like the office chair “Mirra” for Herman Miller ( Studio 7.5) and “Sinterchair” (Vogt&Weizenegger).
In 2003 Florian Petri started working for the German furniture manufacturer Kaether & Weise. The shelf system “platten_bau” was awarded with red dot “best of the best” in 2005 and nominated for the “Design Award of the Federal Republic of Germany” in 2006.
Since 2005 he also works for the Chinese technology company Lenovo in Beijing and designs notebooks for the Chinese and international market.
In addition to his work as Industrial Designer Florian Petri teaches as guest professor for Industrial Design at the Berlin University of the Arts (UdK), Germany.






jacobpringiers-400Jacob Pringiers was born in Gent, Belgium in 1970. He lived most of his childhood in Sri Lanka whereafter he moved to Milan, Italy to pursue his passion for design of living room sofa. His studies took him later to Switzerland and the US where he continued his studies at the Art Center College of Design, Los Angeles. In Florida he worked for Wellcraft marine designing various watercrafts including the 23 SCARAB as seen in the blockbuster “FACE OFF”. Jacob Pringiers collaborated with Morelli and Melvin in California on Steve Fossett`s mega racing cataman “PLAYSTATION” (now CHEYENNE). In 1996 he moved back to Milan to further his career in product design that included items like, sectional sofa. He also designed sectional sleeper sofa for BRF that was highly appreciated. In 1998, together with his partner Luca Casini, he starts the renowned design studio CASINI&PRINGIERS ASSOCIATES in the center of Milan where they develop projects for various clients in industrial, fashion accessories, and graphic design.Amongst their clients:BIC, WMF, LUXOTTICA, ASA-SELECTION, ARCADE, RITZENHOFF, RIVA, etc. In 2000 he begins teatching at the industrial design department of the Politecnic University of Milan.






garyGary van Broekhoven, an award-winning British designer, creates contemporary products with an emphasis on function, aesthetics and quality materials. His work challenges the boundaries between sculpture and product design. His products have featured in major national and international publications and are sold in outlets around the world. He has worked with major international clients and luxury brands such as De La Espada and Tresserra and has exhibited at key design shows in London & Milan






portrait-wuw-ddc-bWolf Udo Wagner founded his Studio for Design & Interior after studying in German (Damstadt) and UK (Manchester MMU). In between he was living in Berlin and Paris for some time. His design studio devolops concepts and creativ ideas for companies which use design and architecture as a main element of their marketing. The work has won several design awards, including Reddot, IF, Design Plus, DDC. First examples are permanent exhibited in museums and design shows. Most of the products are pure and functional, but also reveal something about their structure and context in which in the design of new products is to relate the contects of people the environment and culture, custom-tailored to the identity and requirments of the user.







theoTheo Williams, born in Oxford, graduated in industrial design in Manchester, moved to Milan in 1992 and since 2004 is also based in Amsterdam. He is the Art Director for Lexon, Paris, a Design Director for the fashion brand Mexx (Liz Claiborne, USA) for licensing products and branding and the Creative Director for the Japanese Department stores ‘Mono Comme Cà.’ He collaborates with Art Partners NY, with Giovanni Testino. His clients include Abet Laminate, Alessi, Artemide, Consonni, Danese, Dornbracht, Mobileffe, Pyrex, Tchibo, Technogym, Tronconi; he has created packaging for Prada, CK Jeans, Giorgio Armani, Ferragamo and accessories for Benetton. The bathroom collection ‘Risma’ for Merati has been selected for the ADI Design Index 2003/4, Compasso d’Oro 2004.






28f59c0_portraitafroditikrassaAfroditi Krassa (born London, 1974) studied Product Design at Central Saint Martins College, London from 1993 to 1996. She was employed by two of the leading London design consultancies, Seymour Powell Ltd. and Priestman Goode. In 1999, she was accepted at the prestigious Royal College of Art, where she studied Product Design under Professor Ron Arad.
In 2002, she founded Afroditikrassa Ltd, a design consultancy specialising in product and interiors. The intelligent designs have struck a chord, gaining the company critical acclaim and numerous design awards. The work has been featured in all major, international design publications and has been televised by Channel 4, CNN and NTV, Russia’s largest TV channel.






ahnchr_320_336-1 Born in1970 Nato a Wedel ,Holstein. In 1992-97 he finished highschool of graphics .He worked in Hamburg from1992 till 1997 for Tobias Grau In 1995 he gratuated inLighting Design in Parsons University, than in 1997 he got his Diploma in Industrial Design in New York.In 1998 he created his studio, since 2002 the official ofice of his studio is in Como, Italy. International brands repeatedly rely on the services of his Ahn and Ahn studio.Settled in the vicinity of several agency devolops products and accessories for the forniture and lighting industry.






thomas-bernThomas Bernstrand ,trained to be a designer at the School of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm and Danmarks Designskole.
Thomas works as a designer for a number of Swedish and international companies, he has completed art projects attracting a lot of attention, he has held exhibitions at Colette in Paris and the Museum of Modern Art in New York, among others, and he has won the Furniture of the Year award for 2005.





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