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Karim Rashid


Karim Rashid was born in Cairo in 1960 half Egyptian, half English, raised in London and Toronto now practicing in New York. His perspective and clients are global and while considers him more of a cultural provocateur, his projects range from products, interiors, fashion, furniture, lighting, art, music to installations. He received a bachelor of Industrial Design in Canada in 1982 and postgraduate studies in Italy as well as having worked in Milan for Rodolfo Bonetto in 1984. For seven years he was at KAN Industrial Design and co- designed the Babel Fashion Collection for 6 years.

In 1993, he opened his own studio in New York City. His clients include Umbra, Issey Miyake, Prada Nambe, Magis, Mikasa, Edra, Frighetto, Herman Miller, Sony, Foscarini, Artemide, Idee, Bozart, Shiseido, Giorgio Armani, Leonardo, Nienkamper, Yahoo, Zerodisegno, Copco, Georg Jensen, Method, Guzzini, and Danese, among others.

Karim has designed and producedover 2000 products during his career, winning awards including ID Magazine's Annual Design Review 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000 for Design Distinction & Best of Category, Bon Apetit's Designer of the Year 2003, 2003 National Association of Store Fixture Manufacturers for Best Retail Store Design, 2002 International Interior Design Association Star Award, 2002 Industrial Design Excellence Awards, 2001 Canadian Design Hero Award, 1999 George Nelson Award, Philadelphia Museum of Art Collab Award 1999, Daimler Chrysler Award 1999, Brooklyn Museum of Art Designer Award 1998, 13 Good Design Awards Chicago Athenaeum 1995-2003; 20 Canadian Virtu Awards from 1986-2002, among others. Karim's works are in the permanent collections of 14 Museums and has over 70 objects in permanent collections. He is published internationally. He exhibits art at Sandra Gering Gallery, Elga Wimmer Gallery, and Deitch Projects in New York. Karim was also a full-time associate Professor in Industrial Design for 10 years, writes for various design publications, and lectures globally. His monograph is 'I Want to Change the World' (Rizzoli, 2001). He edited the International Design Yearbook 18 for Calmann and King 2003 and released two CD's available on Seattle boutique label, Neverstop. He has a small mini series book just released onChronicle books, SF 2004 and he is releasing a second monograph called Evolution in fall 2004 (Rizzoli).

Education Details
Specialization in design, Industrial and Product Design | 1982 - 1983
Carleton University
Bachelor's degree, Industrial and Product Design | 1978 - 1982
Lisa Smith


"Observation and research contribute importantly to developing a product, but equally important, and I believe recently neglected, is employing the sensory intelligence in our eyes and hands. My design process naturally begins with a pencil sketch. Then I am quick to move to three-dimensional study models. I build an idea three-dimensionally so that I can analyze the form as I'm designing and developing it. In this way, I relate to the tradition of handicrafts, only I'm creating products for mass production."

In 1988, Lisa Smith established a New York based consultancy offering design services in the areas of furniture and housewares working with many national and international manufacturers, including Steelcase, Haworth, Gunlocke, Davis Furniture, Brayton Healthcare, Vittorio Bonacina, Nambe Mills, Rosenthal, and others.

She has been awarded the NEOCON "Gold Award for Best of Show", several "ROSCOES", NEOCON Awards and The Chicago Athenaeum's Good Design Award. Her products have been in numerous design publications, sold in shops worldwide and exhibited in The Smithsonian's National Building Museum, The Cooper-Hewitt National Museum of Design, The Museum of Modern Art Store, and more.

Lisa taught Product Design at Pratt Institute in New York City. She served as Chair of The New York Chapter of The Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) and the Furniture Committee Chair for the IDSA. She is currently a member of IDSA's Committee for Environmental Concerns and O2NYC, a network of architects and designers who share information about technologies that give us the tools to create products, buildings and services in harmony with the earth's environment. She presently serves as Vice-Chair on the board of The Rowena Reed Kostellow Educational Fund at Pratt Institute.

Matteo Ragni


Nicolas Nicolaou


Architect/ industrial designer m.a.a m.d.d. Graduated from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. Master Degree. Nicolas Nicolaou is a designer of great international recognition. He has been awarded several times for his very functional and beautiful design, which is always carefully prepared down to the smallest detail. Man's movements and habits are always surprised and challenged holding one of Nicolas Nicolaou's products. His designs have been exhibited worldwide and can be seen at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the museum of Decorative Art in Copenhagen
Remi Bouhaniche


After obtaining his technical degree in product design from Marseille, France, Rmi Bouhaniche joined the Fine Arts School of Saint Etienne in 2004, from where he developed his personal process of creation which sharpens his approach towards shapes and materials. Between 2007 and 2008, he completed one course semester in furniture design at Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology in Bangalore, India. After returning to France he worked as a stage manager with the Cit du Design team, John Tackara, curator and Gael Gabillet / EXYST-stage designers, for the exhibition  CITY ECO LAB organized during theInternational Biennial of Design, Saint Etienne in 2008. With a stronginclination towards design based on senses and gestures, he designed the lampEtirement in 2009 which was the main piece of his graduation thesis named Lamcanique des surfaces. In January of the following year, Etirement won the 1st prize at the D3 Contest at IMM,Cologne, Germany. During this period he started working together with Amaury Poudray, with whom he collaborated for the graduation ceremony Institut PaulBocuse stage design. After obtaining his DNSEP- A Masters degree in Art and Design, together, they created the label USIN-e, which reflects their ambition of proposing a vision with a strong commitment. They started working from there with The Granville Gallery, The Gallery, Brussels and ADAssociation de Designeurs. In October 2010, the bench Tressage from his master thesis was selected to be auctionned at La Maison Damien Leclerc at Marseille. They recently exhibited at Maison&Objet Paris in January 2011. Since January 2010 he has been working with Amaury Poudray as a professor with the students of Insitut Paul Bocuse to help them in setting up innovative restaurants.
Education Details
Ecole Supérieur d'Art et Design Saint Etienne (ESADSE)
DNSEP, Design Produit et Mobilier | 2004 - 2009
Roberto Giacomucci


Roberto Giacomucci is an Architect who lives and works in Ancona.He works as art director with various Italian furniture, lighting and bathroom decor firms.

In 1993-1994 he won first prize in the Pesaro Design & Industry competition for a container for recycled waste separation.During the Autumn Macef trade fair in Milan in 1997, the Cremafacile product for Biesse Casalinghi won an award in the Preparation category.

In 2002, the Alalunga clothes horse product of Emporium, was selected for the 18 BIO International Design Biennale in Ljubljana.

In 2003, the ciotola snack bowl product of Emporium was selected for the Adi Index.The Fluida shoe cupboard, also product of Emporium, was selected for the Design Innovation Award at the Cologne IMM in 2004.

Stefan Diez