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.
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.
Naoto FukasawaBorn in 1956.
Designing shape is to give form to values that people tacitly share and wish for. Naoto Fukasawa visually captures these values and he draws the exact outline of them. His ability for visualizing such unseen outlines for things is not easily worded and described, nonetheless, people are convinced with his ability when they experience his design.
Fukasawa’s notions and expressions to approach essential values of things through design travel beyond borders or domains and his thoughts are well respected internationally. His concept for finding hints in subconscious behavior of people which he named “Without Thought”, is most known and he runs “Without Thought” workshops to share his thoughts.
Fukasawa collaborates with world leading companies and brands in such countries as Italy, France, Germany, Switzerland, Scandinavian countries and Asian countries while consulting Japanese leading companies locally. His area of work is broad and he works with various fields in design beyond categories. Consulting works for Japanese companies are mainly focused on evaluating their cooperate strategies in line with the mean of sociality and how we define quality of life in order to direct the companies towards where society is inevitably heading. Such consulting work extends as far as to visualize design for their products which marks the company’s social responsibilities as well as to visualize their cooperate strategies and Fukasawa‘s work for consulting has led them to many successful results.
Raul BarbieriRaul Barbieri was born in Milan in 1946. In 1972 he obtained a degree in Architecture at the Milan Polytechnic. While at University he collaborated with the design consulting studio for Olivetti, directed by Ettore Sottsass Jr., where he met Giorgio Marianelli with whom he started his own activity opening the Raul Barbieri e Giorgio Marianelli Architetti studio in Milan, dealing mainly with architecture and industrial design. Since 1989 he has been continuing his own activity, still in Milan, but with an individual studio. The project for a district of terraced houses in Milan which dates back to this period was recently presented at the “Compasso D’Oro ADI Architectural and Design” exhibition in London. His passion for research applied to design leads him to collaborate with schools of design, such as l’Ecole Supérieure de la Création Industrielle “Les Aterliers” in Paris and the Istituto Europeo di Design in Milan. His interest for the world of living brings to life collaboration with prestigious names such as Acerbis International, Alivar Gallery, CiDue, Magis, Ycami, Plank, Rexite, Tronconi, Zucchetti. Since 1999 he is active member at ADI (Associazione per il Disegno Industriale).
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.