Amina Horozic

ECAL, Switzerland

Inspired by the columns of Greek and Roman architecture, the ‘Colonna’ clock, a collaboration with Marsotto, celebrates ‘the monolithic permanence of marble’, cutting through space ‘as a sort of three-dimensional punctuation mark’. Dream collaborator: Isamu Noguchi.

Photography: Younés Klouche

Avigail Segal

Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Israel

In a quest to examine the balance of power in gender structures in domestic environments, Segal created a neutral scene, in pale blue, with a series of ceramic pieces, including a watering can, a carpet, some cacti and a pair of platform shoes. Dream collaborator: Jacques Tati.

Photography: Ido Maler

Leslie Leyva

Anáhuac University, Mexico

Using Mexican gold sheen obsidian, Leyva created the ‘Intensity’ collection, including a business card holder and tape dispenser. These functional yet decorative desk objects are also intended to absorb negative energy and ease mental stress. Dream collaborator: Piero Lissoni.

Chloé Durán Stone

Central Saint Martins, UK

Mexican-British designer Durán Stone’s ‘Wóolis’ console features a glass structure with doors made from coloured mirrored circles that can be juxtaposed to create different shades and reflections. Dream collaborators: Jaime Hayon, Patricia Urquiola, Germans Ermics.

Boldizsar Szenteczki

Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design, Hungary

‘Cell’ is a mirror installation designed to alter the viewer’s perspective of space. Made from tinted silver-plated glass, the pieces can be used individually, or in multiple compositions that play with the gradient colour scheme. Dream collaborators: Tokujin Yoshioka, Rick Owens.

Photography: András Ladocsi

Estudio Pot

EASD/UPV Universitat Politècnica de València, Spain

The ‘Apilables’ collection of ceramic bowls, designed by Inma Carpena, María Gil and Lorenzo Pérez, can also be used to create totemic compositions. The collection was turned by local expert Domanises, with Díez Ceramic assisting with colour development. Dream collaborator: Hay.

Gregory Beson

Parsons School of Design, USA

Beson’s ‘Terrosso’ chair was hand-sculpted from a single custom casting of sheep bone material (slaughterhouse waste), then finished to give the impression of stone. Dream collaborators: Virgil Abloh, Jasper Morrison, choreographer William Forsythe, Vitra, Nendo.

Photography: Zoe & Ari Elefterin

Matt Canham

Central Saint Martins, UK

Canham took inspiration from traditional ceramic tableware for his ‘hplus’ personal health monitoring devices, offering a contrast to the conventionally cold appearance of clinical objects. Dream collaborator: A global consumer technology leader, such as Google or Apple.

Melinda Urbansdotter

Beckmans College of Design, Sweden

Combining her background in textile design with an interest in the properties of metal, Urbansdotter created a striking chain and mesh room divider, entitled ‘Alt+f=ƒ’, blurring the boundaries between soft and hard objects. Dream collaborator: Ikea in the 1970s.

Hannim Song

Rhode Island School of Design, USA

A geometric composition of soft modules in Camira fabric and plywood, the ‘Orbit’ chair was designed with industrial production in mind. To enhance the sitting experience, Song created a partly detachable armrest and footstool. Dream collaborators: Thomas Dambo, Martino Gamper.

Huilin Li

Camberwell College of Arts, UK

Li’s collection of glass perfume bottles reflect affairs of the heart. Combining clear and red glass, she experimented with glass-making techniques to convey concepts such as first love, the seven-year itch and passion. Dream collaborator: Don Norman.

Isabelle Baudraz

ECAL, Switzerland

The result of a collaboration between ECAL, Paris’ Musée Picasso and furniture brand Tectona, Baudraz’s ‘Tie’ bench comes in two different sizes and features an interlocking construction that allows for multiple configurations. Dream collaborators: Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec.

(also shown, left Avigal Segal’s platform shoes, and right ‘TotaOrri’ lounger)

Paula Lorence

Riga School of Design and Art, Latvia

Lorence’s research into sensory stimulation resulted in the ‘Taktil’ collection, designed for children with autism. The pieces ‘help children focus, overcome sensory sensitivities and soothe anxiety’. Dream collaborators: Nendo, Sou Fujimoto, Dominique Perrault.

Risa Saito

Tama Art University, Japan

Saito’s object is inspired by rock formations. ‘Rocks get crushed and become gravel, turn into sand and soil, nurture plants and provide habitats for animals,’ she says. Her sculpture celebrates the beauty and uniqueness of the material. Dream collaborator: Imaizumi Imaemon XIV.

Photography: Takahumi Ueno

Martin Thübeck

Konstfack, Sweden

‘Otto’ is both chair and clothes hanger, with further storage space in the seat. Thanks to its zoomorphic shape, it is also ‘a faithful friend who looks after your belongings while you focus on something else’, says Thübeck. Dream collaborator: An open-minded sceptic.

Fátima El-Idrissi, Neus Fabregat, and Maria Escrivá

Universitat Jaume I, Spain

Multifunctional and easy to pack away, the ‘TotaOrri’ lounger/pool float was created for Gandía Blasco’s new brand, Diabla, as part of Universitat Jaume I’s Intercrea project. Dream collaborator: Joan Rojeski.;;

Siri Bahlenberg

Design Academy Eindhoven, Netherlands

Bahlenberg’s ‘Guilty Pleasure’ collection focuses on throwaway culture, exploring what is easily discarded and what’s worth keeping, such as these broken mirrors, which have been given new life as ‘trophies of landfill’. Dream collaborator: James Turrell.

Juan Carlos Franco and Juan Santiago Sierra

Elisava, Spain

Franco and Sierra’s ‘Shoji’ lamp is made using woodturning, laser cutting and metal bending techniques. The materials used were chosen for their sculptural qualities and the piece is designed to enrich a space even when turned off. Dream collaborator: Christophe Mathieu.;

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