Only a year after founding the Tokyo studio, Design for Industry, Daisuke Kitagawa was selected by The New York Times as one of most exciting new designers at the annual Salone Del Mobile in Milan. He has since received a bevy of awards, including the prestigious GOOD DESIGN Award, and gained recognition for his pure, scrupulously executed work.
In 2010, designer Ellen Van Dusen launched Dusen Dusen, a womenswear line known for its bold, original prints on versatile, wearable silhouettes. The Dusen Dusen collection is inspired by fine art, commercial and naïve design, as well as the brain’s reaction to color, movement and contrast. In 2015, the brand expanded with the launch of Dusen Dusen Home, a textile and home goods line that includes bedding, throws, pillows and towels.
Objects of Common Interest is a research and design studio straddling Athens and New York, led by Eleni Petaloti and Leonidas Trampoukis. OoCI is commissioned to develop objects, installations and spaces channeling the studio’s signature blend of ebullient simplicity. Clients include design brands such as Matter Made and Kvadrat.
Jonah Takagi and Hallgeir Homstvedt are good friends who often work together across an ocean: Takagi is based in Chicago and Homstvedt’s studio is in Oslo. They first collaborated in 2016 as part of an exhibition sponsored by the Embassy of Norway and curated by Sight Unseen. Since then, Takagi Homstvedt has been commissioned to design furniture and lighting for clients like Design Within Reach, Le Klint and Roll & Hill.
A graduate of the prestigious ENSCI-Les Ateliers, Jun Yasumoto began his career collaborating with Jasper Morrison, one of the most influential product designers of our time. While spending the better part of two decades working with Morrison on furniture, product, lighting and tableware design projects, Yasumoto quietly developed his own practice, designing for the likes of Colos, Fucina and Ligne Roset.
Based in Brooklyn, Ladies & Gentlemen Studio designs products and spaces characterized by warm minimalism and simple sophistication. Founded by Dylan Davis and Jean Lee, the studio has quietly won acclaim for its multidisciplinary work and collaborated with brands like MUJI and Roll & Hill.
A native of Norway, Stine Aas has always had a close relationship with nature. The precocious designer is making a name for herself with sophisticated, character-driven work influenced by the organic shapes of her surroundings.
Seoul-based Studio Word was founded by Kyuhyung Cho and Jungyou Choi. With clients across Europe and Asia, the multitalented studio works in product, graphic and spatial design, and has collaborated with Menu, Iittala and Hermès.
Founded by Joseph Guerra and Sina Sohrab, NYC-based Visibility has designed objects and spaces for clients such as Matter Made, Away and Normann Copenhagen. The duo’s work has earned honors including Forbes’ 30 under 30 and a Wallpaper* Design award.
Kenyon Yeh has spent nearly a decade working with some of Europe’s most renowned furniture brands from the small island of Taiwan. He believes the art of creating simple objects is complex, and that it’s the things he takes away that make his designs truly something.
Shannon Maldonado’s winding journey through fashion, art, interior design and, now, furniture design has enriched an insatiably creative mind from the leading edge of Philadelphia’s design scene. A self-educated designer armed with encyclopedic knowledge of ’80s and ’90s design and architecture, Maldonado displays the hardhat mentality of a newcomer determined to make a splash.
Born in England, John Astbury was a boat builder, musician and graphic designer before studying industrial design in Stockholm. Since then, he has collaborated with design brands such as Muuto, &Tradition and Skagerak. His work has been recognized by Residence, Elle and Bo Bedre Awards.
Educated in Seoul and Stockholm, Kyuhyung Cho belongs to that rare breed of designers who can build a successful body of work across a range of media. Now focused on furniture, he takes inspiration from a melange of East Asian and Scandinavian design.
Upon graduating from Design Academy Eindhoven in the Netherlands, Christian Heikoop cut his teeth in the employ of world-renowned Dutch design studio Scholten & Baijings. From the outset of his young career, Heikoop’s independent work has caused a stir by eschewing traditional values and cross-pollinating influences from fashion, graphic and interior design.
A nod to the captions that often accompany anonymous artwork, Unknown, Untitled is a studio bent on singular, trend-defying design — wholly stripped of romantic ideals. The emerging Paris-based design studio was founded in 2016 by Sylvain Chasseriaux, Maxime Loiseau and François Rybarczyk, and has since collaborated with global brands including Facebook and Rimowa.
Jenkins&Uhnger is an Oslo-based design studio that gently challenges the constraints of tried-and-true categories, chiefly through the steady remixing of functions, emotions and technologies in furniture products.