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Ciszak Dalmas is a young Madrid and Turin – based studio, co-founded in 2009 by industrial designers Alberto Gobbino Ciszak and Andrea Caruso Dalmas. After graduating from the Politecnico of Turin, they joined different design firms such as Inga Sempé in Paris, Artemide in Milan, Brh+ and Pininfarina in Turin. They completed the European Design Labs Master in 2007 in Madrid, taking part in design workshops directed by international designers and firms.
In the belief that changes are possible with relatively small design actions, in 2010 Ciszak Dalmas launched La Clinica a collection of handcrafted furniture produced by local artisans based in three different parts of the world: Madrid (Spain), Turin (Italy) and Sao Paulo (Brazil). La Clinica is based on the interaction between young designers and experienced artisans, which combines new ideas with centuries-old know-how. The result is three different collections made from the same design and produced differently according to the local traditions and material resources.

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Images & text taken from : http://www.ciszakdalmas.it/index_works.html
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“There is something about Charlene Mullens embroidery. It could be the quirky humour of her Drawings range, or the pleasingly simple shapes of her Geometric designs, or the clever way she has updated traditional embroidery and folk motifs. Whatever it is, it speaks to people.”

 Jennifer Goulding, House & Garden.

After an established career in the fashion industry, she has successfully turned her talents to designing luxury embroidered homewares. Since the launch of the studio in September 2008 at 100% Design where she made the best newcomer list, she has won international acclaim having work shown in London, Paris, Milan and New York as well as being featured in leading interior design publications worldwide. Charlene creates unique embroidered textiles mixing traditional techniques with modern design. Drawing on a wide range of inspiration she makes cushions, blankets and lampshades suitable for residential and commercial projects. The studio is committed to original design and making quality products. In addition to the collection Charlene provides a commissioning service working with private clients, interior designers and architects to create bespoke projects both in the U.K. and worldwide.

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(images & text taken from: http://www.charlenemullen.com/)

Roy McMakin is a designer, architect, and furniture maker. His art, which draws on his knowledge of and experience within these disciplines, demonstrates deep engagement with the artistic potential of domestic objects and environments. McMakin works with two classes of objects: in sculpture that looks like furniture or mundane household fixtures such as a non-functioning toilet made of wood, and furniture that is detailed or decorated to emphasize its sculptural aspects such as a wooden writing desk painted bright pink. He tests the cultural distinctions of these two types of objects that can at times, occupy the same physical space.


McMakin first brought his work to the public through Domestic Furniture, his Los Angeles showroom (closed in 1991). He continues to engage with the public through Domestic Architecture, his Seattle-based design firm whose portfolio has expanded from remodeling to ground-up home designs. MOCA Pacific Design Center, West Hollywood, California exhibited a survey of McMakin’s art and design work in 2003. Sculptures by McMakin are permanently installed at the University of California’s San Francisco’s Mission Bay campus and in the Olympic Sculpture Park in Seattle. McMakin lives and works in Seattle.

 
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(images & text taken from: http://www.cristinagrajalesinc.com/artists/roy-mcmakin,http://www.domesticfurniture.com/index.html)

Designer Hella Jongerius (1963) has become known for the special way she fuses industry and craft, high and low tech, tradition and the contemporary.
After graduating Eindhoven Design Academy in 1993 she started her own design company, Jongeriuslab, through which she produces her own projects and projects for clients such as Maharam (New York), Royal Tichelaar Makkum (The Netherlands), Vitra (Basel) and IKEA (Sweden).
Her work has been shown at museums and galleries such as the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum (New York), MoMA (New York), the Design Museum (London), Galerie KREO (Paris) and Moss gallery (New York). The Dutch designer has created 300 unique vases as special collectors artwork to accompany the handmade, signed and numbered edition of the book: Hella Jongerius: Misfit. Phaidon.com went to the oldest factory in The Netherlands: Royal Tichelaar Makkum, for a tour of the beautiful factory with the Managing Director, Jan Tichelaar, to see how these special vases are made and to hear more about their manufacturing and the different layers of colour applied. ‘The story is about experimenting’ says Jan Tichelaar, ‘it is an experiment which become a project which become a product.’

to read more go to : Jongeriuslab
(images & text taken from : http://www.jongeriuslab.com/site/)

Piero Fornasetti was a Milanese painter, sculptor, interior decorator, engraver of books and a creator of more than 11,000 products. In terms of variety of decoration, Fornasetti’s production of objects and furniture is one of the largest of the 20th century.

Fornasetti is celebrated as being among the most original creative talents of the twentieth century. During his career he created a visual vocabulary that is instantly recognisable and unceasingly engaging. Fornasetti designed a magical world, saturated in image and colour and filled with whimsy and wit.

The Fornasetti Atelier in Milan is an outpost of careful and accomplished craft production. Here skilled craftsmen and women use the same rigorous handcrafted techniques as were employed on the very first Fornasetti products. Colour is applied by hand and the original paper patterns are still followed. Maintaining the quality of these methods of making is an important aspect of the Fornasetti legacy.

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(images & text taken from :http://www.fornasetti.com/en/)

Jaime Hayón Spanish artist-designer Jaime Hayon was born in Madrid in 1974. As a teenager, he submerged himself in skateboard culture and graffiti art, the foundation of the detailed, bold-yet-whimsical imagery so imminent in his work today. After studying industrial design in Madrid and Paris he joined Fabrica in 1997, the Benetton-funded design and communication academy, working closely with the legendary image-maker and agitator Oliverio Toscani. In a short time he was promoted from student to head of their Design Department, where he oversaw projects ranging from shop, restaurant and exhibition conception and design to graphics. Eight years later, Jaime broke out on his own, first with collections of designer toys, ceramics and furniture, followed by interior design and installation. His singular vision was first fully exposed in ‘Mediterranean Digital Baroque’ at London’s David Gill Gallery, an exciting mise en scène, largely executed in ceramic, followed by ‘Mon Cirque’, which traveled to Frankfurt, Barcelona, Paris and Kuala Lumpur. These collections put Jaime at the forefront a new wave of creators that blurred the lines between art, decoration and design and a renaissance in finely-crafted, intricate objects within the context of contemporary design culture.FAVN 7Clown lampFAVN 6Conversation Vase IIAOctium Jewelry Grid Vases for Gaia and Gino

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(images & text taken from http://www.hayonstudio.com)
 
Armi Ratia

Marimekko, established in 1951, is a Finnish textile and clothing design company renowned for its original prints and colours. The company designs and manufactures high-quality clothing, interior decoration textiles, bags and other accessories. Strong and distinctive product design is the cornerstone of Marimekko’s operations and corporate culture. The starting point for design is that each individual Marimekko product must earn its own design value and express Marimekko’s lifestyle concept. Alongside distinctive and individual design there is a stress on the functionality and practical aspects of the products. Design proceeds in close interaction with production, sales and marketing.



Whether well-known and recognised names or young promising talents at the beginning of their career, Marimekko’s designers are all among the leading figures in their field. Marimekko has always collaborated closely with students of design and young designers, a mutually beneficial relationship in which young designers can demonstrate their skills, while Marimekko gains new impulses and a feel for contemporary phenomena.                                    

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       To read more go to : Marimekko