Based in San Francisco, Airbnb is a trusted community marketplace for people to list, discover, and book unique accommodations around the world. Founded by Joe Gebbia and Brian Cheskey, both graduates of the Rhode Island School of Design, the company has been developed and steered by design from the outset. They began the company as a way to support their own design careers, and continue to encourage and foster this community in meaningful ways.
In 2016, Joe Gebbia launched Samara, a product design team at Airbnb exploring the future of human connection, building products and services that bring us closer to each other. While Airbnb proves that open-mindedness, generosity, and faith in the kindness of strangers can go a long way, Samara allows these values to evolve beyond travel and hospitality, into our daily lives.
He also leads the Human team, which focuses on using the Airbnb platform for humanitarian ends, such as housing refugees and leading rural regeneration projects around the globe.
Branch is a San Francisco based design and branding agency founded by Josh Morenstein and Nick Cronan in 2013. Born and bred in California, Josh and Nick are the sons of accomplished designers, who instilled in them the importance of design, craftsmanship, and service at an early age. As a part of their design practice, they have a working foundry where they learn skills from a master metal-smith, develop technique, and make everything from desk accessories to bespoke furniture. It is that hands-on practice that then informs the rest of their design work, from L’Oreal’s Skin Profiler to the Red Dot Awarding-winning Nextbit Robin phone.
Recent work includes a new furniture line, Drift, for Council inspired by California’s simplistic beauty that debuted at ICFF this year and a new brand and product line for Plugged, offering luxury audio accessories at an affordable price.
Founded in 2005 by Tim Butcher and Lizzie Deshayes, Fromental is an established handmade interiors atelier, that makes some of the world’s most beautiful wall coverings. Designed in London and brought to life by skilled craftsmen in China, Fromental brings an inspirational design edge to traditional decorative arts to create modern, yet timeless wall coverings. Their elaborate hand-painted and hand-embroidered designs have garnered a number of distinguished industry awards. Working alongside leading interior designers across the globe, their wall coverings adorn some of the most prestigious commercial and residential properties across the globe, including: The Goring, London, George V, Paris, The Shangri-La, Paris and China Tang in The Dorchester.
The Global Grad Show is the world’s first exhibition of the most innovative projects from the leading design and innovation schools. It offers an unprecedented overview of the issues and technologies that will shape the future.
Huntsman is a bespoke tailor of the highest tradition, known for making extraordinary clothes for men and women. Founded in 1849, Huntsman’s 167 year boasts a rich heritage, and has a reputation for being one of the finest and most long-standing, innovative houses on Savile Row. Their extraordinary story serves as a reminder of the integrity, excellence and attention to quality that has defined the Huntsman suit for generations; standards maintained in their tailoring today.
Today, Huntsman is owned by financier and bespoke enthusiast Pierre Lagrange and fields the largest in-house cutting team on Savile Row – a testimony to the commitment they make to create the finest suit possible entirely in-house. Lagrange is joined by Campbell Carey, head cutter and creative director, a firmly established figure on Savile Row who is considered one of the finest cutters in the trade. Huntsman’s dedication to craft and bespoke garments of the highest quality is reflected in a client list that includes the likes of Cecil Beaton, Marlene Dietrich, Winston Churchill and Bing Crosby, Clark Gable, Rex Harrison, Lawrence Olivier, Paul Newman, Dirk Bogarde, Katharine Hepburn and Gregory Peck, not to mention the clothes the house made for artists and fashion designers ranging from Sir Hardy Amies to Hubert de Givenchy and Bill Blass, to Lucien Freud; relationships with many of whom were to endure decades and influence the sartorial choices of others.
In continuing to elevate the service that they offer, 2016 saw the company open its first premises in America, unique for a Savile Row house, a pied-a-terre on 57th Street in New York. Whilst the making of the bespoke garments will remain on Savile Row, from the summer of 2017 Huntsman will offer full measurement and cutting services by Savile Row trained cutters permanently on the premises in New York. They have also created a mobile tailoring unit inside a vintage Airstream that will make its first appearance at Concours d’Elegance in Pebble Beach, CA.
Ini Archibong has rapidly accelerated to the forefront his generation of designers. His work is characterised by a deep interest in master-craftsmanship and its intrinsic relationship to technology – both modern and ancient. Taking inspiration from the study of architecture, environmental and product design, as well as lifelong passions for mathematics, philosophy and world religions, Ini seeks to apply his vision and methods across a wide range of disciplines working with diverse clients across the globe including such venerable brands as Hermès, de Sede, Bernhardt Design, Ruinart, Christofle and Vacheron Constantin.
The son of Nigerian immigrants to the United States, he was born and raised in Pasadena, California, where he graduated from the Art Center College of Design. After a period living and working in Singapore and traveling widely, he moved to Switzerland to pursue further studies in luxury design and craftsmanship and received a master’s degree from the prestigious École cantonale d'art de Lausanne (ECAL).
Archibong’s work has been exhibited at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, Alyce de Roulet Williamson Gallery in Pasadena, Triode in Paris, the Museo Bagatti Valsecchi in Milan, as well as receiving various awards at ICFF, Neocon, Wanted Design and the World Expo 2105 in Milan. He is currently collaborating with Sé Collections in London, the Friedman Benda Gallery in New York and the Dallas Museum of Art.
Archibong currently lives and works in Neuchatel, Switzerland.
Dutch designers Kiki van Eijk and Joost van Bleiswijk are graduates of Design Academy Eindhoven. The husband and wife duo, working both together and separately, have built a strong following both within the Netherlands and worldwide. Best known for his ‘no glue no screw’ collection, Joost’s works tend to hark back to archetypes such as grandfather clocks, high-backed chairs, goblets, chess sets. Kiki’s work focuses more on the poetic, weaving a personal touch and vision into each piece. They use premium materials and processes in their work, focusing on the physical crafting of design. In addition to their bespoke work, they have collections with brands such as Moooi, Bernhardt Design, Hermès and Saint-Louis.
Their latest projects with Moooi, Bisazza, Nilufar and Nodus, will be shown at this year’s Salone del Mobile. Various works from this presentation will travel to fairs around the world, from Mint Gallery in London to Design Miami/ Basel.
LAPADA is the largest association of professional art and antiques dealers in the United Kingdom. Whilst the majority of its membership is UK based, LAPADA also has members in 16 other countries that cover virtually every discipline from antiques to contemporary fine art. Membership is only open to those who meet the Association’s requirements around experience, quality of stock, and knowledge of their subject. Since 2009, the annual LAPADA Art & Antiques Fair on Berkley Square has grown into a foremost international showcase for art and antiques dealers as one of the most prestigious events on the London social calendar. With over 110 exhibitors presenting work from across art, antiques, design and decorative arts spectrum including jewelry, furniture, carpets, tapestries, antiquities, clocks, ceramics, silver and fine art.
Founded in 1933, La Triennale di Milano was conceived to be the apex where art, industry, and politics converged. Some of the greatest minds of the time, including Ponti and Sironi, have been part of the institution. Now under Stefano Boeri’s governance, La Triennale challenges the traditional definition of what it is to be a cultural centre; instead of a staid institution that has no connection to modern society, La Triennale is a place of reflection and debate, connected with the contemporary culture in a dynamic way that offers new points of view on topics that lie at the very core of our global society.
Based in Pallazzo dell’Arte, La Triennale presents host of exhibitions, performances and installations throughout the year. It is the only Italian cultural institution with its own performing arts centre, Teatro dell’Arte, which hosts prestigious international programmes. In 2019, La Triennale will unveil a permanent collection of Italian design curated by Joseph Grima.
The Linteloo collection is a collaboration between international designers and the best European craftsmen. The durable products are produced in The Netherlands and Italy by manufactures using innovative and sustainable production methods.
The company was founded in 1994 by Jan te Lintelo and is known for “the feel good factor” connecting passionate people from around the world. The creativity of the designers and dialogue throughout the product development is key to a successful collection.
Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance is a multi-disciplinary designer with a creative aesthetic deeply rooted in nature. As a trained sculptor (he attended École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Appliqués et des Métiers d’Art), he has defined a strong language that carries throughout his various projects – natural shapes with smooth and organic lines. He went on to study furniture design at Les Arts Décoratifs and then founded the creative studio Neonata, which functions as both a design think tank and a research laboratory. Noe’s furniture works are the definition of modern elegance and luxury.
His most recent works include the Sofa Sellier for Hermes that debuted at Salone del Mobile this year. He also recently completed an interiors project for Montblanc, redesigning their retail concept stores around the world to reflect the brand’s core values in an immersive retail experience.
Maarten Baas is an artist and designer, widely considered to be one of the most influential Dutch designers of the beginning of the 21st century. He is often described as an “author designer,” of which his works lie on the boundaries between art and design. His work is known as rebellious, playful, intellectual, theatrical and artistic. He has gained an autonomous position in the design field, and his work varies from conceptual designs, limited editions, production design, installations, public space, architecture, interior design, theater design and performances.
In 2009, “Real Time” earned Baas the prestigious title “Designer of the Year” at Design Miami. In 2015, design bible Wallpaper* named Baas as one of the design world’s 100 most wanted people.
His works are in major museum collections, such as the MoMa, Victoria & Albert Museum, Les Arts Decoratifs, San Francisco MoMA, Die Neue Sammlung, Stedelijk Museum and Rijksmuseum. They can also be found in private collections of Brad Pitt, Kanye West, Ian Schrager and Adam Lindemann. He worked for exclusive brands, such as Louis Vuitton, Swarovski, Dior, Gramercy Park Hotel, Dom Ruinart and Berluti.
From 2005, Baas has collaborated with Bas den Herder as his production partner. Most of his designs are handmade in the “DHPH” studio in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands.
For nearly four centuries the Pollen Estate has been shaped by world class developers and architects, forming an impressive 45 properties in East Mayfair. Today the estate proudly oversees premium office space and retail outlets, including a significant majority of Savile Row, the ultimate destination for craftsmanship, and global centre for luxury bespoke menswear and tailoring.
The Pollen Estate strives to ensure East Mayfair remains a thriving cultural hub, creating modern craft while maintaining its inspiring heritage.
Studio Wieki Somers was established in 2003 by Wieki Somers and Dylan van den Berg, both of whom studied at Design Academy Eindhoven in the late 1990s. The studio focuses on providing an enlightened reading of the everyday environment. The studio’s oeuvre distinguishes itself by a sensitivity to materials, technological ingenuity and fantasy. The studio works for a great variety of international manufacturers, museums and galleries, and has established an intensive relationship with Galerie Kreo in Paris. It has received numerous awards and its works are part of major museum collections, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Centre Pompidou in Paris, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.
Useful/Beautiful: Why Craft Matters, the inaugural Harewood Biennial, aims to challenge preconceptions, spark interest and inspire debate about the role craft can play in culture, identity and society.
The exhibition seeks to answer the question “What is craft and why does it matter?” Curated by design critic Hugo Macdonald, the works of over twenty-five British makers will be on show; from fashion, textiles, woodwork, glass, metalwork, furniture, papercraft and lacquer, this is a multi-generational overview of excellence in craft today. Further, three site specific installations will be commissioned by renowned contemporary British artisans.
Harewood House, located in Yorkshire, England and widely known for its Chippendale collection, will act as the backdrop for this ground-breaking exhibition. Pieces will be placed throughout the home and surrounding grounds to juxtapose modern and traditional craft, demonstrating Harewood’s commitment to the crucial role craftsman have in ongoing support of cultural heritage.
The Deck, a made-to-order tailoring brand focused exclusively on women, is launching this April. Bridging the gap between contemporary and classic styles, The Deck draws on traditional tailoring methods to bring customised, bespoke suiting to women that takes into consideration their needs and lifestyle. Launching with four styles that correspond to the four suits within a deck of cards - The Heart, The Spade, The Club, and The Diamond - The Deck’s primary focus is crafting timeless and versatile suiting with an incomparable fit. The Deck’s atelier will be situated on the lower ground floor of 336 Kings Road, London.