Designers

Designers are at the heart of everything we do. We're lucky enough to partner with suppliers and designers that create exceptional products. A few of which are noted below:

Tom Dixon OBE - Tom Dixon

Established in 2002, Tom Dixon is a British luxury design brand which is represented in 90 countries and employing 100+ people world-wide. Specialising in furniture, lighting and accessories, Tom Dixon has hubs in London, Milan, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, New York, Tokyo and Hangzhou. With an aesthetic that is intrinsically inspired by the brand’s British roots, the products are internationally recognised and appreciated for their pioneering use of materials and techniques

 

Fosters For Mattiazzi

Foster + Partners is a global studio for architecture, urbanism and design, rooted in sustainability, which was founded fifty years ago in 1967 by Norman Foster. Since then, he and the team around him have established an international practice with a worldwide reputation for thoughtful and pioneering design, working as a single studio that is both ethnically and culturally diverse. The studio integrates the skills of architecture with several other disciplines in a collegiate working environment that is similar to a compact university. These diverse skills make us capable of tackling a wide range of projects, particularly those of considerable complexity and scale.

 

Nitzan Cohen For Mattiazzi

Established in 2007, Studio Nitzan Cohen is a multi disciplinary design studio with projects ranging from industrial products, furniture and spaces to art—direction and strategic consultancy. Nitzan Cohen and his studio are busy combining a research oriented attitude with conceptual design and the ability to translate it into a new visual language of objects and spaces. Nitzan Cohen is a professor for industrial and system design at the HBK Saar in Saarbrücken, Germany.

 

Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec For Mattiazzi

Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec are brothers and designers based in Paris. They have been working together for about fifteen years bonded by diligence and challenged by their distinct personalities. Their studio is based in Paris. In 1997, they were spotted by Cappellini, giving them their first industrial design projects. They began working with the Galerie Kreo in 2000 and had their first solo show there in 2001. Issey Miyake then hired them to design the boutique to house his new collection. They met then Rolf Felhbaum, president of Vitra, and worked on a new office system entitled « Joyn». Since then, they have gone on to work with Alessi, Axor Hansgrohe, Cappellini, Established & Sons, Flos, Hay, Kvadrat, Kartell, Ligne Roset, Magis, Mattiazzi, Mutina, Nani Marquina and Vitra.

Konstantin Grcic For Mattiazzi

Konstantin Grcic was trained as a cabinet maker at The John Makepeace School for Craftsmen in Wood before studying Design at the Royal College of Art in London. He set up his own office in Munich in 1991. Today Konstantin Grcic Design is based in Berlin. The office is active in several fields ranging from industrial design projects, exhibition design and architectural collaborations. Amongst his renowned clients are Aeance, Authentics, Cassina, ClassiCon, Flötotto, Flos, Galerie Kreo, Kettal, Laufen, Magis, Muji, Nespresso, Plank, Smart and Vitra. He is the recipient of numerous awards such as the Compasso d`Oro for his MAYDAY lamp (Flos, 2001), the MYTO chair (Plank, 2011) and the OK lamp (Flos 2016). Work by Konstantin Grcic forms part of the permanent collections of the world´s most important design museums (a.o. MoMA/New York, Centre Georges Pompidou/Paris). Konstantin Grcic defines function in human terms, combining formal strictness with considerable mental acuity and humour. His work is characterised by a careful research into the history of art, design and architecture and his passion for technology and materials.

Sam Hecht and Kim Colin For Mattiazzi

Sam Hecht was born in London in 1969. His training began at the Central Saint Martins School of Art. His interest in industrial design and architecture led him to apprenticeships including David Chipperfield. Hecht thus began to define the style that characterises his personality as a designer. A profound search for the essential, acute observation of the world we live in and a belief that simplicity can be inspirational. In 1993 he completed his masters at the Royal College of Art, followed by 3 years in California with Ideo, and 3 years in Tokyo. This period involved the collaborations with Naoto Fukasawa, producing some startling product typologies over the course of 6 years.

In 2002, he co—founded Industrial Facility with his partner Kim Colin. He began to work with Manufacturers, and the number of clients increased in just a few years. For Muji Japan he created the “Second Phone” (2004), which led to him being invited to become retained designer for World Muji. For Taylor’s Eye Witness, a Sheffield company, he also became main designer producing notable sequels to Robert Welch’s work, selected for the Museum fűr Kunsthandwerk, Frankfurt and awarded the Design Plus and of Gold Prize for 2006. More recently he has been appointed design advisor to Herman Miller. Between 2006 — 10, he acted as senior tutor at the Royal College of Art, London, forming Platform 12 and in 2011 was appointed visiting professor of HFG Karlsruhe in Germany. in 2010 he was awarded the ‘Designs of the Year’ for the Branca chair.

 

Leon Ransmeier For Mattiazzi

Leon Ransmeier is the founder and director of Ransmeier. New York–based design office. A graduate from the Rhode Island School of Design, his work has been published internationally and is included in the permanent collections at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Corning Museum of Glass, and the RISD Museum. Clients include 2016/Arita, HAY, Herman Miller, Japan Creative, Maharam, and Wright 21. Ransmeier’s designs have been exhibited at Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum (New York), Friedman Benda Gallery (New York), Plusdesign Gallery (Milan, Italy), Swiss Institute (New York), and at SFMOMA (California). He is an editor of the historical survey Herman Miller, A Way of Living released by Phaidon Press in 2019. His writings on design, art, and architecture have been published in Apartamento, Disegno, and PIN-UP.

 

Lambl / Homburger For Mattiazzi

Berlin based design and consultancy—office for communication, art direction and product design. Florian Lambl (*1977) studied communication and productdesign in Bolzano. Before founding his own office in Cologne 2004, he was art director at Meiré and Meiré and assistant of Mike Meiré. Birgitta Homburger (*1972) studied art history and communication design and worked as an art director for BBDO, before founding Lambl Homburger thogether with Florian Lambl in 2006.

They work and cooperate with a large international network of architects, designers, photographers, artists and editors. Lambl Homburger’s multidisciplinary and flexible approach enables unique solutions suited for their clients and projects. Florian Lambl and Birgitta Homburger have won more than 50 national and international prizes and teach at head in Geneva as well as the University of Arts (UDK) Berlin. Lambl Homburger is also responsible for the overall communication of Mattiazzi and developed the brand concept for the Mattiazzi collection. Since the launch of this collection, Florian Lambl is art directing the products.

Jasper Morrison For Mattiazzi

Jasper was born in London in 1959, and graduated in design at Kingston Polytechnic Design School, London and the Royal College of Art for postgraduate studies. in 1984 he studied at Berlins HDK on a scholarship. In 1986 he set up an office for design in London. His work was included in the Documenta 8 Exhibition in Kassel in 1987, for which he designed the Reuters News Centre. The following year he was invited to take part in “Sesign Werkstadt”, a part of the “Berlin, cultural city of Europe” program, where he exhibited “Some New Items for the House, part I” at the Daad Gallery.

He then began designing products for SCP in London, the german door handle producer FSB, the office furniture company Vitra, and the italian furniture producer Cappellini. In 1989, he began collaboration with Vitra with the exhibition Some New Items for the Home, Part II, at Milan’s Furniture Fair. He went on to form Utilism International with Andreas Brandolini and Axel Kufus, providing exhibition design and town planning services. In 1994 Jasper began a consultancy with Üstra, the Hanover transport authority, designing a bus shelter and then the new Hanover tram. Further collaborations began in this period with projects for the Italian companies Alessi, Flos and Magis, and the German porcelain manufacturer Rosenthal.

In the 2000s Jasper worked on a project for Rowenta to design a set of kitchen appliances, and he began consultancies with Muji, Samsung, Ideal Standard and Established & Sons. In 2006 he collaborated with Japanese designer Naoto Fukasawa on the exhibition Super Normal at Axis Gallery, Tokyo. It was followed by a book and toured to London, Milan, Helsinki and New York. This exhibition inspired the opening of the Jasper Morrison Shop beside his London studio in 2008. The Shop presents an exhibition each year during London Design Festival. Since 2010 Jasper has collaborated with Spanish companies Camper, Kettal and Andreu World, and US companies Maharam and Emeco. He is art director of Swiss electronics company Punkt. In 2014 he designed the furniture for the extension to Tate Modern, more than ten years after working on the opening of the museum with the architects Herzog & de Meuron. Jasper Morrison Ltd currently has offices in London, Tokyo and Paris.

Johnson Family For 1882 Limited

1882 Ltd. was formed in 2011 by fifth generation Emily Johnson and her father, Christopher, who has worked in the industry since 1958. 1882 Ltd.’s mission is to champion inventively designed ceramic products from lighting to domestic ware to works of art whilst employing the manufacturing heritage of Stoke-on-Trent and promoting the British ceramic industry. Known for working with with exceptionally talented designers, 1882 Ltd. have also designed collections themselves with possibile through their expertise and understanding of the industry.

Max Lamb For 1882 Limited

London-based Max Lamb was born in Cornwall, England, an upbringing that imbued him with a love of nature and a creative spirit which have manifested in his practice as designer and maker. He graduated from the Royal College of Art, London in 2006, was named Designer of the Future at Design Miami/Basel in 2008 and continues to both produce and exhibit his work internationally.

Max is known for creating beautifully crafted pieces that have materials and traditional processes at their core. He looks to design products that stimulate dialogue between maker, product and user through a visual simplicity that effectively communicates the obvious.

Crockery, a collection of fine bone china tableware cast from moulds carved by Lamb, is testament to his maxim to use materials honestly and processes transparently, to give both their own voice rather than impose his aesthetic.

 

Faye Toogood For 1882 Limited

Faye Toogood is a British designer. Her furniture and objects demonstrate a preoccupation with materiality and experimentation. All of her pieces are handmade by small-scale fabricators and traditional artisans, with an honesty to the rawness and irregularity of the chosen material.

With an academic training in the theory and practice of fine art, and a vocational background at the forefront of the magazine industry, Toogood approaches product design with a singular and acutely honed eye. Her highly sculptural work, while showing an astute respect for the past, is derived from pure self-expression and instinct.

Toogood’s objects are grouped together into her trademark numbered ‘Assemblages’. This allows her to avoid the formulaic, to experiment with the materials and processes that dominate her thinking at a particular time. With each Assemblage, she engages not only with the products themselves but also with the three-dimensional space in which they are exhibited, working across multiple disciplines to create a single body of work with an intuitive and unified narrative.

Deborah Allen For 1882 Limited

Deborah M. Allen, a well known painter and fine artist, was born in Southern California and comes from a long line of talented artists including her great grandmother who studied with Georgia O’Keefe. Deborah was raised on the Texas Gulf Coast, where, at a very early age, she was exposed to art and design in her grandfather’s studio on Galveston Island. Large oil paintings and the intensity of real life colors and texture from the seaside, indigo skies, and storms rolling in over the Gulf, inspired Deborah’s first drawings and paintings.

After completing her Bachelor’s degree in Communication Design and Fine Art at Texas State University, Deborah returned to Southern California. When she is not out gathering new material for inspiration in the form of landscape photography, aerial views of the American Southwest or multi-colored geodes she finds along way, you can find her in her studio in Corona del Mar, California, where she continues to conceptualize, design, and create art for clients around the world.

Deborah’s love for bodies of water, the desert, and expansive land masses have profoundly influenced her work, which often includes references of carved landscapes and the unexpected organic shapes and colors prized in nature. Many of her pieces are painted in the open air, and therefore shift depending on the wind, light and temperature of that moment in time. The ever-changing nature during the process of each piece requires attention to the constant movement of the paint and water make together. Deborah utilizes acrylic medium to achieve her watercolor techniques that explore the translucency of color and movement. Her use of unexpected materials define and texture the surface of the compositions; the results being contemplations of space, fluidity and light.

 

Peter Pilotto For 1882 Limited

Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos comprise the dynamic design team behind Pilotto’s successful namesake label. Launched in 2007, the duo’s first collection of digital printed designs proved an instant hit, winning the designers instant acclaim and securing their first buyers. The British based brand is now sold in over 50 countries and is stocked by luxury retailers such as Net-a-Porter, Selfridges, Saks Fifth Avenue and Bergdorf Goodman.

Initially founded by Pilotto, De Vos joined the label in its fledging years. After earning start-up support and studio space from the Centre for Fashion Enterprise in London, Peter Pilotto was scouted for the Vauxhall Fashion Scout showcase, receiving much needed exposure. Now operating from their own studio in East London, the duo, who first met whilst studying at the prestigious Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp, hold a number of industry accolades, they were awarded NEWGEN sponsorship by the British Fashion Council as well being named as winners of the Swarovski Emerging Talent award in 2010 and winners of the Fashion Forward prize in 2011 and most recently were awarded the BFC/VOGUE fashion fund in 2014 and The Swarovski Collective Award in 2015.

As the brand continues to gain international exposure the Peter Pilotto aesthetic is being realised in craft beyond print. The label continues to push its colourful and graphic aesthetic in new and exciting directions.

Johannes Nagel For 1882 Limited

Born in Jena, Germany, in 1979, Johannes Nagel studied ceramics and the University of Art and Design Burg Giebichenstein, Halle, from 2002 to 2008. He has also served apprenticeships and undertaken residencies in Canada, Japan, and Scotland. He has exhibited widely in Germany and, increasingly, internationally. Nagel’s work is based around the exploration of vessel forms. He creates works that stand as visualisations of the creative process. This for Nagel frequently involves elements of improvisation, the artist embracing techniques that are seemingly unorthodox and startingly direct. As he has stated, “the subject of my work is the improvised and provisional”.

Kim Thomé For 1882 Limited

Known for his playful, geometric approach to design, Norwegian-born Kim Thomé graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2012 and runs his studio from East London. His work balances between installation and object, and mixes graphic elements and optical play to explore reflection, geometry and colour.

Lena Bergström For Design House Stockholm

Lena Bergström has a deep knowledge of craftsmanship and an utmost respect and love for the material that she is working with whether it is glass, metal or textiles. Basket Rug is entirely made by hand and has a reminiscence of old times hand woven baskets. The special technique of hand-tufting runs in different directions to en- hance the three-dimensional feel of Basket. New colours are a grey- brown, that blends well with both grey and brown-beige colours, and dark green. Several threads in different shades creates the desired lustre. The rug is then carefully cut by hand into a tromp l’oeil graphic pattern that pays homage to Swedish handicraft traditions such as birch bark baskets and rucksacks. Sharp angles and soft transitions play the roles in a shadow play that is both illusion and reality.

Chuck Mack For Design House Stockholm

Chuck Mack is an American designer who is half-Icelandic, and currently lives and works in Reykjavik. A self-taught designer and carpenter, Chuck quotes Jack Kerouac to explain his design philosophy: “The best teacher is experience and not through someone’s distorted point of view”.

Karl Malmvall and Jesper Ståhl For Design House Stockholm

The duo responsible for the Wick Chair are designers with roots in the province of Småland where so much of the skills and expertise of the Swedish furniture industry have developed. Both Karl Malmvall and Jesper Ståhl come from families that have manufactured furniture, with parents and grandparents who started successful companies that they have developed and refined. In Karl’s case there was a tradition of fine cabinetmaking while Jesper’s ancestors redirected a metal manufactory to become a successful pioneer in the field of public-sector furnishing. Their lengthy experience of designing furniture and other products both for the home and for the public sector has given the duo a detailed understanding of the criteria for a modular shell chair.

Alexander Lervik For Design House Stockholm

For his design college graduation exhibition back in 1998, Alexander Lervik at the tender age of 26 had unknowingly hit on what was to become his winning concept. With his exhibition 10 stools 10 decades he had combined concept design, unlikely partnerships and innovations in what turned out to be his way in to the industry. This three-way design approach is defining for Alexander Lervik’s almost 20-year career as one of Sweden’s leading designers, whose quest for innovation speaks louder than the passion for creating beautiful objects.

Atelier 2For Design House Stockholm

Worapong Manupipatpong and Ada Chirakranont are Atelier 2+, a Bangkok-based design studio. The duo studied at KMITL in Bangkok and at Konstfack in Stockholm and their designs show that Scandinavian Design is a concept that is not limited by nationality. In their work they seek to erase the boundaries between architecture and furniture, art and design.

Dom Bridges For Haeckels

We are a self-sufficient tiny giant. Every member of our team plays multiple roles – formulating, making, designing, photographing, programming, planning and installing –leading to the impression of a company many times our actual size. This wasn’t planned: it arose from a desire to share Haeckels with other people; to enthuse them about the health-giving properties of the sea; to raise awareness about natural products that are every bit as effective as chemical-derived alternatives.

Kinto 

Established in 1972, KINTO started out as a wholesaler of tableware in Shiga, Japan. We eventually began developing our own line of products, with a passion to create products that bring comfort and inspiration into the everyday life. Since 2010, our products have been exported worldwide. Subsidiaries have been established in Europe in 2016, and in USA in 2019.  Ranging from tableware, drinkware, to interior accessories, we work to deliver products that inspire and give fulfillment with every touch and use.

Nikki Kreis For Kreis Pegboards

Swiss born designer Nikki Kreis is motivated by curiosity and a desire to create furniture, products and spaces that enhance people's lives because they work beautifully. This love of functionality is infused with a twist of humour and a rich experience of different cultures.  Since graduating in interior architecture from EAAL School of Architecture, Nikki has lived and worked in London, Berlin, New York and Sydney.  She has designed and developed furniture and interiors for hotels, fashion showrooms and residential spaces throughout Europe, Asia and the US. At the beginning of 2012, Nikki set up her studio Kreisdesign.  Inspired by its vibrancy and energy as a cultural and creative hub, she chose to base her business in London, where she develops products and furniture, working directly with manufacturers and retailers.