Biagio Cisotti, Sandra LaubeBiagio Cisotti was born in Aradeo, Lecce. He lives and works in Florence where he graduated in architecture in 1980. Since 1991 he teaches production technology and since 2000 Design at ISIA - the Institute of Artistic Industries in Florence. In 1990, with a group of other Florentine architects, he founded MADE, a cultural and exhibition centre association which promotes ideas in the field of architecture and design. In 2000 he taught at the Design Master class in Montevideo, Uruguay and at the University in Buenos Aires, Argentine. He holds various conferences in Europe and South-America. Since 2003 he teaches Industrial Design at the Faculty of Architecture in Florence. He is working as Art Director for various companies and has participated in numerous national and international exhibitions.Sandra Laube was born in Frankfurt, Germany, and moved to Florence in 1986. The following year she enrolled at ISIA where she qualified in 1993. In 1992 she spent a term at "The College of Art and Design of Minneapolis", USA and gained experience working for 3M, St. Paul, in the communications sector. At present she is working as Art Director in the graphics and multimedia fields. She teaches in collaboration with the University of Florence and the Fashion Institute of Technology of New York at the International Institute of Fashion & Marketing Polimoda, Florence. She has participated in numerous exhibitions. 1992 they founded Studio Cisotti Laube. The office has established its reputation in various fields of design ranging from furniture and objects to exhibition and graphic design. Cisotti Laube is collaborating with some of the leading names in the Italian and International design industry. Their products have received international design awards and form part of the permanent collections of prestigious museums such as: Museum für Angewandte Kunst, Frankfurt, Triennale Design Museum, Milano, Museum of Decorative Arts and Design in Gent, Museum of Design in Cape Town, Groninger Museum, Groningen, Vestlandske Kunstindustrimuseet, Bergen.
Björn DahlströmBjörn Dahlström was born in 1957 in Stockholm, Sweden. He started his career in the late 70ies working with animated film. In 1978 he became Art Director and graphic designer for an advertising agency based in Stockholm. In 1982 he founded his own studio and focused on graphics, working for well-known companies like Ericsson, Scania and Atlas Copco. Nowadays, he is involved in a bunch of different projects; his operating range spans from industrial design to furniture, toys, exhibition design and graphics. He creates design for companies like the Finnish kitchenware producer Iittala, Italian Magis, the Swedish furniture producer Offecct, electric appliance producer Krups and many others. After teaching at the Beckmans school of design, he achieved a professorship at the University College of Art Crafts and Design in Stockholm. He has been awarded numerous appreciations and prizes, like the Excellent Swedish Design Award. Further, his work is represented in museums like the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, Stedelijk Museum of Modern Art in Amsterdam and the National Museum of Fine Arts in Stockholm.
Claudio BelliniClaudio Bellini lives and works in Milan where he was born in 1963. In 1990, he graduated in Architecture and Industrial Design from Milan Polytechnic and embarked on a series of international experiences, taking part in research projects in the fields of industrial architecture and furniture design. In 1988, he designed the TW Collection for Frezza, a timeless product which marked his official arrival and specialization in office design, a sector in which he has received numerous awards. In the years that followed, he worked with a number of historic firms in the field of Italian and international design as well as working on interior design projects for major showrooms and participating in numerous architecture competitions. 2006 he foundet “Claudio Bellini Design + Design”, a design studio distinguished by formal and technological research with a decidedly experimental approach which is carried out in the prototype laboratory in the studio. He teaches the course in Design and Furnishings at Genoa Polytechnic. Since 2003, he has been art director for Barazzoni. At present, the Claudio Bellini studio is working on a number of major international architecture projects.
Konstantin GrcicKonstantin Grcic (*1965) trained as a cabinet maker at Parnham College in England and studied design at the Royal College of Art in London. Since setting up his own practice Konstantin Grcic Industrial Design (KGID) in Munich in 1991 he has developed furniture, products and lighting for leading design companies.
Many of his products have received international design awards (a.o. Compasso d’Oro 2001) and form part of the permanent collections of the world’s most prestigious museums (a.o. MoMA/New York, Centre Georges Pompidou/Paris). Most recently Konstantin Grcic has curated a number of significant design exhibitions such as „Design Real“ for The Serpentine Gallery, London (2009), „Comfort“ for the St.Etienne Design Biennale (2010) and „Black2“ for the Istituto Svizzero, Rome (2010). Solo exhibitious of his work have been shown at Boijmans van Beuningen Museum (Rotterdam, 2006), Haus der Kunst (Munich, 2006) and The Art Institute of Chicago (2009). The Royal Society for the Arts appointed Konstantin Grcic „Royal Designer for Industry“, in 2010 he was fellow at Villa Massimo in Rome. Design Miami/ awarded him„ Designer of the Year“ for 2010.
Luca TrazziLuca Trazzi was born in Verona in 1962. After his architectural degree at the University of Venice in 1987 he becomes assistant for architectural compositions. He wins the “Carlo Scarpa Award” and moves to Milan where he works for 14 years as an associate with Aldo Rossi assisting on important design and architectural projects. 1993 he founds his own design and architectural studio. In 2000 he joins design boom and becomes co-CEO. He designs for prestigious brand such as Kreon, Swatch, Viceversa, Guzzini, WMF, illy, Martini, Alfi, Fiorucci, Kreon, Mazzega, Pedrini, Zucchetti Robotica, Chicco, Plank.