We asked Patricia Urquiola, Gaetano Pesce, Hella Jongerius, and other heavyweights in the industry to share their wisdom for young designers.
We've gathered insights from 10 of the industry's seasoned pros, including Gaetano Pesce, the Italian architect and designer, as well as Sofie Christensen Egelund, co-owner of Danish design company Vipp. Scroll below for a quick rundown of everyone's best advice.
The Spanish architect and designer was recently awarded "Designer of the Decade" by numerous publications. Her new Gogan sofa for Moroso takes its name from a Japanese term for time-and water-worn stones.
The Italian architect and pioneer in design shares his ideas on the future of design. Pesce recently celebrated the 50th anniversary of his still-provocative Up5 chair & Up6 ottoman with a special edition by B&B Italia.
Appleton is a founder of both the Female Design Council and the acclaimed New York City–based studio kinder MODERN, a gallery showcasing children's design of the 20th century and modern pieces. Here, she shares her thoughts on evolving as an artist and her memories of a favorite vintage find that she later sold to the Brooklyn Museum.
The Dutch industrial designer talks about authenticity and getting your voice heard. In her recent work, Jongerius used seven types of jacquard weaves to create the Vlinder sofa and Bovist pouf for Vitra‚ where she is the art director for colors and materials.
The Dutch designer and art director speaks about patience and persistence. Wanders’s latest work for Moooi‚ the company he cofounded‚ is the highly customizable—and presumably very friendly—BFF Sofa.
The New York-based design firm Egg Collective was established in 2011 by Stephanie Beamer, Crystal Ellis, and Hillary Petrie. Here, the trio offer wisdom for women trying to break into the industry and relate to the importance of community in their work.
The German industrial designer speaks of endurance and finding ones place within the industry. Last spring Grcic introduced Noctambule (Night Owl)‚ a light for Flos made from customizable arrangements of handblown glass cylinders.
Sofie Christensen Egelund
Below, Egelund spills her secret sauce for longevity in an industry of fading designs. She recently expanded Vipp‚ the company founded by her grandfather‚ into lighting‚ furnishings (including the VIPP451 chair)‚ and‚ with the new VippHotel in Denmark‚ architecture.
Stine Gam and Enrico Fratesi draw on classic Danish craftsmanship and Italian architecture in their furniture designs. Here, the couple offer their philosophy for navigating the tough times early in a career.
The Italian architect and designer of contemporary furniture discusses what it takes to be a designer. Lissoni recently designed the Grasshopper table‚ with its insect-like legs‚ as part of a 2019 collection for Knoll.