Rafiq Azam is the principal architect of Shattoto, an architecture firm based in Dhaka with a focus on “architecture for green living”. Formed in 1995, Shatotto intends to unearth the lost history and heritage of Bengal and recreate the missing link of its urban and rural culture. Shatotto also tries to bridge the gaps between architectural values and the current crisis of a responsible architecture, in order to generate conversation among people, communities and nature for a healthy society. Rafiq Azam graduated in 1989 from Bangladesh Engineering University (BUET), Dhaka.
His many awards in both art and architectural work include: three-time recipient of World Architecture Community Award 2008-09, short listed in Leading European Architects Forum Award 09, Emerging Architect of the world by Urban Land USA 08, AR Emerging Award London 07, finalist for Aga Khan Awards for Architecture 04 and 07, Berger Award for Excellence 07, Kenneth F. Brown Asia Pacific Culture and Design Award USA 07, four- time recipient of South Asian Awards for Architecture. Azam is also a visiting faculty at Dept. of Architecture-The National University of Singapore, NED University Pakistan, North South University, University of Asia Pacific, Ahsanullah University of Science & Technology, and Brac University Dhaka. Azam has also lectured extensively around the world at numerous institutions and seminars.
Discretion and formal neutrality, lightness and dynamism, a balanced, essential design, combining clean lines and forms with ergonomics and comfort: these are the distinguishing features of Living Divani, the lively and dynamic family-run firm with its signature upholstery. From the early 1970s to the present day, the firm has followed a clear course, maintaining an intensive dialogue with current trends, and becoming a point of reference within the design scene. The strategic alliance with Piero Lissoni has been key, and he has led the firm's unique style since 1988.
Simon is a former food editor and senior writer for Metro. After an eating tour that stretched from Ho Chi Minh City to Sansepolcro, Tuscany, he settled in London where he worked for Esquire and lived in a council flat two minutes’ walk from the Borough Market. He now freelances from Auckland for the likes of KiaOra (the Air New Zealand magazine), Monocle, Cuisine, Home New Zealand and Metro, where you’ll find columns on eating and drinking, as well as the occasional feature on topics as varied as bread and the politics of waste. His first book, Food Heroes, was published by Penguin in October 2012.
Urban Cultivation is our vision. It stems from a fictive future where plants and cultivation has become a more integrated part of modern urban life. Both for various functions, as well as soul replenishment. We use the Urban Cultivation vision to extract products and projects as stepstones towards the future.
John Green is an award-winning designer, designing furniture and lifestyle products for manufacture. John’s approach is simple–to create innovative and functional designs that people can’t resist. On top of developing products for his own brand John works as a freelance designer, collaborating with other designers and manufacturers.
David Benjamin is Founding Principal at The Living and Director of the Living Architecture Lab at Columbia University GSAPP. The practice and the lab explore “how new technologies come to life in the built environment" and create prototypes of the architecture of the future. The Living is a New Practices New York 2012 competition winner, a member of the Architectural League's Emerging Voices class of 2014, and the winner of MoMA/PS1's annual Young Architects Program.
California’s premiere source for vintage and contemporary Danish design & décor. Klassik Living also features a design center, contemporary and vintage lighting, design services, custom upholstery, restoration services and a vast selection of Mid Century modern designs and collectibles to dress your modern home.
Elemental Living manufactures modern green home furnishings that are designed using honest forms and materials to help create clarity in your home. Materials are selected based on a balance of aesthetics, sustainable value, and durability so that each piece of furniture has a distinct identity and strength borne from the materials themselves. Design and quality work together to create an intrinsic lasting value in every chair, table, sofa, or bookshelf. Elemental Living creates home furnishings that have a value beyond their price because they aren’t just functional and attractive; they are essential elements to modern life.