Woman Made: the book celebrating great women in design

International Women’s Day 2022: new pioneering tome by Phaidon and Kering celebrates over 200 women designers from contemporary history, alongside a series of initiatives to further expand its contents' impact

Collection of white "componibili" furniture by Kartell
‘Componibili’ for Kartell, 1967. Castelli Ferrieri is among over 200 women designers included in ‘Woman Made: Great Women Designers’, published by Phaidon
(Image credit: Anna Castelli Ferrieri)

Contributions of women designers have long been overshadowed by their male counterparts, but a new interior design book published by Phaidon and the luxury fashion group Kering, is shining an overdue spotlight on creatives of the fairer sex from the past and present. Titled ‘Woman Made: Great Women Designers’, the comprehensive new book highlights an array of lighting (opens in new tab), furniture (opens in new tab), product design and textiles with the goal of inspiring the new generation of female creatives. The partnership with Kering also marks the launch of a new digital portal where free content and resources will also be available for all to access.

Woman Made: Great Women Designers

The book

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The book itself features over 200 designers from the world, ranging from icons like Lucienne Day, Lina Bo Bardi and Ray Eames to trailblazers such as Lindsey Adelman (opens in new tab), Kazuyo Sejima and India Madhavi (opens in new tab), along with a wide array of up and comers including ceramicist (opens in new tab) Dina Nur Satti, textile designer Hiroko Takeda and furniture designer Lani Adeoye. Authored by Jane Hall, an academic, activist and founding member of the UK-based art collective, Assemble, the book notably features practitioners from over 50 countries across the globe. 

‘Woman Made is a celebration; an attempt to broaden the locations and institutions that we look to for design,’ Hall says, ‘I hope readers find joy in an amazing history of creation.’

Book spread from Women Designers, showing chairs by Marisa Forlani and Monica Förster

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The book will also be enriched by a series of exclusive content, including filmed studio visits with creative director Mette Hay, lighting designer Rosie Li and furniture designer Mimi Shodeinde and a series of panel discussions that will connect designers to students at design institutions in the United States. Adeoye will speak at Tennessee State University on 9 November 2021, Patricia Urquiola at Rhode Island School of Design in February 2022 and Nada Debs will speak at Savannah College of Art and Design in April 2022.

Phaidon CEO Keith Fox says, ‘Phaidon is proud to champion the work of pioneering women in product design from all over the globe. Following the breakout success of Great Women Artists in 2019, we are delighted to partner with Kering to further spotlight the profound impact women have had and continue to have in the creative arts.’

‘A platform celebrating women in the arts’

Book spread from Women Designers, showing ceramics by Lucie Rie and Estefania De Ros

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To ensure the long lasting impact made by the pioneering tome, Kering has launched the Women In Motion Design Scholarship - an award of $25,000 to support one outstanding undergraduate women designer currently enrolled in an accredited university in the United States. Students pursuing a curriculum focused on product, textile, furniture or lighting design will be eligible for the scholarship, which in turn will support college tuition and fees for the 2022-23 year. Applications for this open on 1 November 2021.

‘We are thrilled to be partnering again with Phaidon on a platform that celebrates women in the arts. Woman Made flips the script on what historically is a patriarchal industry, and shines a spotlight on the most extraordinary objects made by women over the last 100 years,’ says Laurent Claquin, President of Kering Americas. ‘This partnership is a testament to Kering’s ongoing commitment to women empowerment, and aligns beautifully with our Women In Motion program. Through this initiative, we not only honor the contributions of talented women, but offer a platform to educate and inspire others.’

A pile of glass plates by Aino Aalto

‘Pressed Glass’ plates by Aino Aalto, 1932

(Image credit: Anna Castelli Ferrieri )

Golden chair by Cleo Baldon

‘Counter Stool’ by Cleo Baldon, c.1970s

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Table with crossing wooden base

‘Kenny Dining Table’ by Egg Collective (Stephanie Beamer, Crystal Ellis & Hillary Petrie), 2018

(Image credit: Anna Castelli Ferrieri )

Two white chairs with wriggly surface by Liisi Beckmann

‘Karelia Easy Chair’ by Liisi Beckmann, 1966

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An orange watering can by Hedwig Bollhagen

‘766 Watering Can’ by Hedwig Bollhagen, 1955

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A silver tea pot by Marianne Brandt

Kettle by Marianne Brandt, 1925–26

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Red velvet upholstered armchair by Marie Burgos

‘Milo Chair’ by Marie Burgos, 2018

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Two plywood stools by Carol Catalano

‘Capelli Stool’, by Carol Catalano, 1999

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Table with corrugated steel cylinder base by Veronica Dagnert and Helena Jonasson

Inox Table by Veronica Dagnert and Helena Jonasson, 2018

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‘Summerland Paravan’

‘Summerland Paravan’ by Nada Debs, 2019

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A chair made of three chunky wooden elements by Lisa Ertel

Chair from the ‘Dune’ furniture collection by Lisa Ertel, 2017

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Coffee table with round terrazzo top by Andrea Flores and Lucía Soto

‘Lira Coffee Table’ by Andrea Flores and Lucía Soto, 2020

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Floor lamp with three slim legs and a green lampshade by Greta Grossman

‘Gräshoppa Floor Lamp’ by Greta Grossman, c. 1947

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A sofa made of a composition of cushions and different blue textiles by Rossana Hu

‘LAN Sofa’ by Neri & Hu, 2018

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Orange seats with organic shapes by Shinobu Ito

‘Au Seating’ by Shinobu Ito, 2003

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Spiral vertical lamp by Nata Janberidze and Keti Toloraia

‘Spiral Floor Lamp’ by Nata Janberidze and Keti Toloraia, 2017

(Image credit: Anna Castelli Ferrieri)

Red sofa by Hella Jongerius

‘Polder Sofa’ by Hella Jongerius (opens in new tab), 2005

(Image credit: Anna Castelli Ferrieri)

Neon yellow armchair with soft forms by Monling Le

‘Sport Sofa’ by Monling Lee, 2020

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Metal pendant lamp by Rosie Li

‘Pebble Hanging Lamp’ by Rosie Li, 2018

(Image credit: Anna Castelli Ferrieri)

A wooden cabinet with spiky angular shelves by Aljoud Lootah

‘Oru Cabinet’ by Aljoud Lootah, 2015 

(Image credit: Anna Castelli Ferrieri)

Wooden chair by Mira Nakashima

‘Concordia Chair’ by Mira Nakashima, 2003

(Image credit: Anna Castelli Ferrieri)

Black jute cord sofa by Jay Sae Jung Oh

‘Savage Sofa’ by Jay Sae Jung Oh, 2016

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Rocking chair with pink sear and round grey backrest by Mentalla Said and Jumana Taha

‘Hizz Rocking Chair’ by Mentalla Said and Jumana Taha, 2016 

(Image credit: Anna Castelli Ferrieri)

Seat made of bent slats of wood by Mimi Shodeinde

‘Dip Lounger’ by Mimi Shodeinde, 2016

(Image credit: Anna Castelli Ferrieri)

Table with three pointy legs by Jacqueline Terpins

‘Console Table Cello’ by Jacqueline Terpins, 2014

(Image credit: Anna Castelli Ferrieri)

Chair with rounded seat and chunky tubular legs by Faye Toogood

‘Roly-Poly Chair’ by Faye Toogood, 2014

(Image credit: Anna Castelli Ferrieri)

Chair with a metal frame and strings forming seat, armrests and backrest by Patricia Urquiola

‘Tropicalia Chair’ by Patricia Urquiola, 2008

(Image credit: Anna Castelli Ferrieri)

Blue desk lamp with two light sources on each side of the stem by Ionna Vautrin

‘Lamp TGV’ by Ionna Vautrin, 2017

(Image credit: Anna Castelli Ferrieri)

A table lamp with a base made of translucent sausage-like forms stacked on top of each other and a simple white spherical bulb by Soft Geometry

‘Elio Lamp’ by Soft Geometry, 2020

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Chair with bent wooden seat and black metal legs by Sandrine Ébène de Zorzi

‘Kiti Makasi Chair’ by Sandrine Ébène de Zorzi, 2013

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INFORMATION

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Pei-Ru Keh is the US Editor at Wallpaper*. Born and raised in Singapore, she has been a New Yorker since 2013. Pei-Ru has held various titles at Wallpaper* since she joined in 2007. She currently reports on design, art, architecture, fashion, beauty and lifestyle happenings in the United States, both in print and digitally. Pei-Ru has taken a key role in championing diversity and representation within Wallpaper's content pillars and actively seeks out stories that reflect a wide range of perspectives. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two children, and is currently learning how to drive.