Ted Boerner’s approach to design is straightforward, exploring familiar forms using only essential details. In search of simplicity, he balances the idiosyncrasies of nature with the clean rhythms of modernism. Working closely with manufacturers and using only the finest materials, he retains a level of craftsmanship in his designs not readily found in mass-produced furniture. “When you own something that is handcrafted, you’re reminded of the people and the process behind that piece,” Boerner states. “It defeats a throwaway society with a wonderful sense of history.” Ted has also designed collections for Rocky Mountain Hardware & Design Within Reach.
Tom Corbin was initially attracted to the physicality and the dynamic nature of sculpture and was intrigued by the profound impact sculpture can have on an environment. As for bronze casting, the medium dictates a certain sense of tradition and order, which I continue to embrace. The challenge for me is to take the medium and create a tradition of something new.
The common thread running through my evolving style is my love of the figure as muse. As for my furniture designs, I would agree with Warhol when he said, “The line between art and design is often blurred. I float between sculpture and functional pieces incorporating similar images into each.” Functional art, as a result, seems to be a more appropriate title.
Karim Rashid is an industrial designer and an interior architect. He is one of the most prolific designers of his generation. With over 3,000 designs in production, over 300 awards and his work in over 40 countries attest to Karim’s legendary status. His diversity affords him the ability to cross-pollinate ideas, materials, behaviors, aesthetics from one typology to the next, crossing boundaries and broadening consumer horizons. Karim has designed collections for Lindstrom Rugs, Henry Hall, Vondom along with Artemide, Magis, hi tech products for LaCie and Samsung, and luxury goods for Veuve Clicquot and Swarovski.
A Spanish architect based in Milan, she stands out for her original designs that are unconventional, emphatic, and experimental, blending humanist sensibilities and technical expertise – qualities that also inform her work as an architect. The Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Barcelona is one of her many architectural projects. The key words for her work are rigor and emotion, innovation and mental comfort. Patricia created the Maia collection for Kettal, one of her most characteristic works, which earned her the AD Architecture Design Award in 2008. She has also developed furniture for Italian giants Cappellini and Cassina.