”I have always desired to do the opposite. Not because I have an anarchic behaviour. But because I think the fundamental basis of design consists in thinking the opposite”. Italian designer Achille Castiglioni (1918-2002) had a passion for re-designing, re-inventing and re-conceptualizing. Traditional interior design objects would pass through his Milan based studio and end up perfected. He always aimed at enhancing and glorifying the value of the design. Throughout his career he worked to raise design to an ever-higher level of synthesis—stripping design down to the very core and eliminating everything superfluous. During his career Achille Castiglioni collaborated with many designers, among them Giancarlo Pozzi. Together they made Trio and Comodo in 1991.
Joe Colombo (1930-1971) believed in democratic and functional design. Flexible and convertible furniture meant to be used in many different ways – all for the benefit of the user. Joe Colombo experimented with new materials and the latest technologies and designed futuristic “machines for living”, many of which have become icons for a new way of living.
Pier Giacomo Castiglioni
The Italian designer and architect Pier Giacomo Castiglioni is the second of the three Castiglioni brothers. Like his brothers, Pier Giacomo Castiglioni studied architecture at Milan Polytechnic. In 1938 Pier Giacomo Castiglioni and his elder brother, Livio, founded a practice in Milan, which the youngest brother, Achille, joined in 1944. All three Castiglioni brothers were interested in both technology and art. Pier Giacomo Castiglioni is regarded as the intellectual equal of his brother Achille. Until his untimely death in 1968, Pier Giacomo collaborated with Achille on numerous objects. The Castiglioni brothers exerted a strong influence on the younger generation of Italian designers. Pier Giacomo Castiglioni taught design at Milan Polytechnic from 1946 until his death.
Aldo Bakker (1971) has an uncompromising take on design. The functions of most of his furniture designs are clear right away, while it’s often hard to clearly define a purpose of his more sculptural pieces. His work in de- and reconstructing classic functional design creates an intriguing and unique oddness.
Anatomy Design is owned and run by Megan Hesse and Andrea Kleinloog. It was started in 2009, primarily as an interior design studio - the success of some of the product designs led to a need to house them (quite literally). And this was how the retail store began - growing from strength to strength.
Both the PRODUCT and INTERIOR sides of the studio have collected numerous awards - and continue to develop with new and exciting projects.
Laura Straßer has designed the porcelain lamps ”Von Ribbeck” and "Notre Dame" for Karakter. Laura has always found porcelain to be a wonderfully sensual material and in her work she tries to let this sensuality and porcelain’s long history be the focal point: “I try to give all of my works a story to take with them on their way” she says.
Dominic Plueer and Olivier Smitt are Swiss born designers. They aim to offer something lasting, physically as well as mentally, as a contrast to a society sometimes more driven by consumption and replacement.
In most of their work they interpret their own observations of already excisting products - and challenge all our build in assumptions as well as the way we typically use the products.
Milia Seyppel Design speaks a unique, poetic and sensual language, constructing forms, sculptures, playful objects and finding new ways of use. The starting point for a new design can be an idea, a shape, a material or a problem that Milia Seyppel wants to solve.
One example is her project VASES, which are inspired by the strength, the purity and the precision of industrial forms found in machinery and architecture.
Her design intends to test limits and explore new possibilities of materials and forms in accordance with their use. To her understanding good design is dependent on what the product is meant to be and where it is meant for - it is a question of the intention of the product.
Born in France in 1979, Guillaume Delvigne studied at the Ecole de Design Nantes Atlantique and the Politecnico di Milano. Graduated in 2002, he starts in Milan at George J. Sowden studio, co founder of the Memphis movement. In parallel he quickly starts to design his own objects, for an italian editor named Industreal. In 2004 he settles in Paris and for a few years he works along-side various renowned designers such as RADI Designers, Delo Lindo, Elium Studio, Marc Newson or Cédric Ragot.
In 2011 he opens his own studio, inaugurates his first personal exhibition at the ToolsGalerie and receives the Grand Prize of the creation of the city of Paris. He leads now a lot of projects for big french and foreign companies such as Tefal, Hermès, Veuve Clicquot, La Redoute, Fabbian or Habitat, just as for young editors like La Chance, Oxyo ou Hartô. His designs are regularly exposed during exhibitions in France and abroad and have been awarded or belong to permanent collections.
Isabell Gatzen graduated in 2005 with a degree in Industrial Design from University of Art and Design Zürich. Her work has been exhibited internationally and she received awards and accolades.After working with major global players in consumer electronics, such as Microsoft and HP, as well as sportswear brands like Burton and Adidas, both in Switzerland and the US, Gatzen established her own studio in Zurich in 2010.
Her work is based on deep appreciation for the user experience. From mass-produced consumer products to limited editions, she creates objects designed to last a lifetime. She aims to challenge conventions with new classics that combine simple, minimal designs with a poetic narrative.