Seasoned stalwarts take note – the new kids on the designer’s block are packing a dynamic punch
The ‘Equally Strong’ project by Hanna Wik, who is currently working at Form Us With Love, is designed to avoid the gender stereotypes associated with fitness apparatus. Also pictured (top), is Wik’s collaboration with Robert Wettebrandt – a collection of lamps inspired by the Nobel Peace Prize in 2015.
Would most like to work with: ‘I would love to pursue my own goals and make a change that leaves traces.’
Photography: Carl Kleiner
Function, form, and future-seeking, these nascent designers are shaping, sketching and fashioning the designs of tomorrow.
When tasked with creating a design based on connections between people and objects, Liese Dewulf developed an elegant capsule collection that focuses on storage and tidiness.
Would most like to work with: Muller Van Severen
A desire to ‘revive lost glamour and evoke a sense of nostalgia’ was at the centre of Christopher Riggio’s exploration in ceramics. Entitled ‘Paste’, his collection of vessels combines functionality with discreet decoration, inspired by 1920s Cartier.
Would most like to work with: Cartier
‘Piggo’ is a collection of modular seating designed for children’s clinic waiting rooms. Mor Dagan imagined a new type of interaction between children and parents, creating an intimate, reassuring waiting area.
Would most like to work with: MSDS Studio
Imagining a unisex beauty routine, Jenny Åslund devised her ‘Stål’ collection of accessories, such as this watch hanger and table mirror, with an industrial aesthetic in materials such as hammered brass and brushed and blackened steel.
Would most like to have worked with: Carlo Scarpa
Using wood turning and bending techniques, Takako Kozuka created ‘Scenery Of My Childhood’, a series of objects that feature geometric forms combined with more sinuous, organic elements.
Would most like to have worked with: Claude Debussy
A collaborative by effort presented under the name YSD, this project was developed with an Italian marble quarry, using waste marble to create products such as this modular ‘Fraction of Time’ clock for Matter Of Stuff.
Would most like to work with: Marc Newson
Dita Pane’s work, like this table and bench, celebrates the tradition of wood marquetry through contemporary patterns. Using plywood and CNC cutting, Pane devised a modern method for an ancient technique.
Would most like to work with: Ikea, Hay, Menu, &Tradition, Vitra
These nesting tables feature asymmetric graphics, which intersect through the glass to striking effect. Says Sunyoung Park, ‘My work is a collaboration between the cycles of natural sunlight and my objects in space’.
Would most like to work with: Her RISD professor Chris Rose
Manon Ritaly’s project, ‘Talkative Uniform’, gives new shape and freedom to the domestic landscape. Her furniture does not have a fixed use, leaving its function open to interpretation and the imagination.
Would most like to work with: Wes Anderson
A sustainable version of the office chair, Andrea Mestre’s ‘Gandia’ uses rattan as an alternative to engineered plastics and mechanisms. Rattan’s flexible qualities allow users to move and stretch, offering a more intimate dimension.
Would most like to work with: Viccarbe, Kettal
Christian Juhl Christensen’s ‘Bloid’ chair is the result of research into ergonomics, geometry and materiality. The designer focused on 3D knitting production techniques, creating two knitted membranes on a metal frame.
Would most like to have worked with: Ray and Charles Eames
Naomi Stieger teamed up with Dimitri Gerster, an engineering student from ETH Zurich, to develop an intuitive controller for camera drones. The device allows a single user to simultaneously control a drone and its camera.
Would most like to work with: Atelier Oï
For his ‘Sukima’ lamp collection, inspired by Isamu Noguchi’s sculptural works, Baku Sakashita replaced Noguchi’s bamboo with thin steel wire and see-through Japanese paper, creating geometric shadow effects.
Would most like to have worked with: Isamu Noguchi