Oriana Fenwick has been living and working in Frankfurt since 2000, after having grown up in Zimbabwe. Her work is greatly influenced by a fascination with the human form and an acute attention to detail.
As haute apprenticeships go, few have fared better than the French designer Pauline Deltour. After studying at the tony École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, she spent the late aughts in Munich working in the office of Konstantin Grcic. By 2009, she had struck out on her own, earning early commissions for Alessi (the A Tempo line of wire baskets) and Muji (a suite of wooden desk accessories). In 2013, Deltour’s multidisciplinary approach to product and installation design has been focused on the Salone Del Mobile furniture fair in Milan.
Art and design intertwine in the work of Copenhagen-based Dögg Guðmundsdóttir, whose creations range from the clean and contemporary to the ancient and elemental. Two major examples are her recent pieces for Ligne Roset: the rope-and-steel “Fifty” chairs designed with Rikke Rützou Arnved and two rugs whose primary motif mimics traditional Icelandic star embroidery.
True to their Bauhaus training, Berlin-based designers Philipp Schöpfer and Daniel Klapsing of 45 Kilo let craft, experimentation, and industrialized production shape their work. “Everything that surrounds us becomes important,” explains Schöpfer, “because we try to find new solutions.”
Behind each of Mermeladaestudio’s many projects is a story: “We love to have products with meaning, products with a rich language and smart details to discover once you watch and use them,” the trio explains. Juan Miguel Juárez, Laura Blasco, and Alex Estévez met in a Barcelona design studio, where Juárez and Blasco worked on the design team and Estévez interned. The three collaborated so well that they founded their own studio in 2009.
Since their debut at SaloneSatellite in 2009, Singaporean design duo Timo Wong and Priscilla Lui have been sprinting ahead of the competition. Appropriately, Rabbit and the Tortoise, one of their new table collections for Living Divani, was exhibited last year in Milan. Studio Juju was also selected by Satellite as one of the 15 design firms to celebrate the show’s 15th anniversary.
From his studio in London’s Hackney Central borough, Philippe Malouin is constantly testing ideas. “It’s sort of a cross-pollination of failed experiments that eventually leads to something interesting,” he says. Malouin and his team of three often extrapolate a lesson and apply that to something else, like a “failed” attempt to create electronic components. From that emerged a structural system of sorts, which then yielded the truss-like Gridlock furniture series.