Born in Osaka in 1969, Hidekazu Ashida became a product designer for a home appliance manufacturer after graduating from Tokyo Zokei University in 1992. He later joined an architectural design firm and in 2005 launched his own office, Ashida Design, where he focuses mainly on design of products such as consumer electronics, furniture, and interior elements. His many awards include the Sekisui Product Design competition’s Grand Prize and the Good Design award. He currently resides in France. http://www.ashidadesign.com
This native of Milan and graduate of the city’s Scuola Politecnica di Design worked for architects Mario Bellini and Antonio Citterio before opening Brioschi Studio in 1994. He pursues many projects in fields such as industrial design, interior design, and corporate image building. In 2005, Arflex Japan became his first partner in Japan.
This design team was put together on Saipan in 1998 by Arflex Japan founder Tadashi Hoshina. For many years, the team has created products designed to be constantly cherished by their users no matter how the times may change. After relocating its base of operations to Tokyo in 2015, the team has continued to partner with product designer Takuya Fujito to develop new lifestyles in many different ways.
Claesson Koivisto Rune
This Stockholm-based architectural design team was formed in 1995 by Marten Claesson, Eero Koivisto and Ola Rune. Taking on a broad array of projects around the globe, they engage in architectural, interior, furniture, and product design. They also give lectures on architecture and design in Sweden and abroad.
Born in Italy, Carlo Colombo studied architecture and industrial design at the Polytechnic University of Milan. In addition to his many product design projects for well-known manufacturers in Italy and elsewhere, he designs houses and the interiors of commercial establishments. He is one of the most closely watched members of the world of interior design.
A native of Sweden, Monica Förster graduated from Konstfack University College of Arts, Crafts and Design in 1997. Working from her studio in Stockholm, she collaborates with famous brands across the globe. Her creations have been showered with awards, with some joining the collections of MoMA, V&A and other art museums. She is highly regarded around the world as a leader of Sweden’s contemporary design scene.
Hailing from Saitama in Japan, Taiji Fujimori studied under furniture designer Teruaki Ohashi after graduating from Tokyo Zokei University in 1991. He joined the architectural planning office Itsuko Hasegawa Atelier in 1992, and launched Taiji Fujimori Atelier in 1999. Focusing mainly on furniture design, he collaborates with architects and designs a wide array of interior products. He also teaches part-time at Kuwasawa Design School, Musashino Art University, Tama Art University. http://www.taiji-fujimori.com/
Born in Munich in 1965, Konstantin Grcic joined Jasper Morrison’s office after graduating from the Royal College of Art in London in 1990. In the following year he set up his own studio, Konstantin Grcic Industrial Design, and since then has developed numerous award-winning products, including a wide range of office furniture. Many of his works have been added to the permanent collections of MoMA and other museums.
Following her graduation from the Polytechnic University of Milan’s architecture department in 1967, Laura Griziotti studied under Cini Boeri. As a partner to her mentor, she designed an immense variety of works for industrial, interior, and architectural projects. Since setting up her own office, she has continued to focus her activities on architectural and interior design. Her industrial design work has contributed to the creation of diverse products from Italian, Spanish and German manufacturers.