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, an internal design studio that utilizes advanced design research to explore new services and future concepts for the Airbnb community that impact the world at large. Their first project, Yoshino Cedar House, is presently being installed in rural Japan after appearing at Kenya Hara's House Vision exhibition in Tokyo. Designed with Japanese architect Go Hasegawa, the home explores how the community as a whole can act as a host for guests visiting a village.
aruliden is a New York City based award-winning design innovation and brand creation agency that represents a diverse range of clients in the luxury, lifestyle, fashion, and tech industries. Co-founded by Rinat Aruh and Johan Liden in 2006, aruliden’s ethos brings together design and marketing in a new and groundbreaking way. With clients that range from Lacoste to BMW, Kiehl’s to Staples, aruliden is internationally recognized for their product and branding work.
Recent projects include WHOOP, a performance optimization system aimed at helping athletes achieve premium fitness by tracking both training and recovery, that won a Red Dot Award this year. aruliden is also founding partner of “Tools at Schools,”an early education initiative which partners schools and corporations to help students understand the value of design as a problem-solving tool in our everyday world.
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.
A graduate of the University of São Paulo’s School of Architecture and Urbanism, Fernanda Marques’ career has been marked by the same conceptual thread that characterised her formative years. She remains interested in integrating various disciplines within a single project: construction, interiors, product design, visual communication and landscaping. Her practice combines this trait, the essence of her clean and contemporary style with the best in the world’s art and design.
She has worked on residences in Malibu, Barbizon, São Paulo and New York, and continutes to oversee ongoing projects in Miami, London and Lisbon. Fernanda's portfolio ranges from paradisiacal homes by the sea to real estate developments in major Brazilian cities. She has also established commercial spaces for high profile clients such as Ermenegildo Zegna, John John, Le Lis Blanc, L’Occitane and Rosa Chá.
It is this multidisciplinary attitude, combined with a renewed appetite for the new that makes her an unmatched contender in the domestic scene.
Her most recent accolades include four AD Awards, two of which were for a furniture design project namely the Infinite Stool and the Geomorph Series. Research is an important component of Fernanda's practice and she has incorporated her findings into creating the Organic Steel Series. This project became the Interior Design Best of Year Honoree in 2013. Fernanda is also the recipient of awards from Property Awards Americas 2013-2014 for three major projects.
Praised both by the critics and the public, her participation in design exhibitions such as CasaCor and MostraBlack illustrate the global recognition her work receives from international media.
As an avid art collector and enthusiast, she was recently chosen as member of the Latin American Acquisitions Committee for the Tate Modern in London.
Despite constantly pushing the boundaries of design and architecture, Fernanda's practice resists categorisation whilst remaining cohesive, relevant and fresh.
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.
Ini Archibong was born in 1983 in Pasadena, California. He graduated from the environmental design course at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena in 2012 before completing a master’s degree in luxury design and craftsmanship at École cantonal d’art Lausanne (ECAL). He established his design practice Design by INI in 2010.
Archibong was named the American Student Designer of the Year during ICFF in 2010. He has consulted widely on the topic of design, working with a range of brands such as Bernhardt Design, Herman Miller, L’Oreal and Chrysler. His work has appeared in publications including PIN-UP, Surface, Nowness and Azure and presentations at the Victoria & Albert Museum, World Expo Milan, Neocon and Wanted Design. The designer now lives and works in Geneva, 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.Various works from this presentation will travel to fairs around the world, from Mint Gallery in London to Design Miami/ Basel.
Matthew McCormick Studio is a contemporary design company based in Vancouver, BC established in 2013.
Matthew's mind sees the potential in everything around him. Inspired by shape and form, intrigued about composition and considerate of the impact of design, each of his creations is an expression of well informed vision and a finely tuned technical understanding of engineering and manufacturing. He believes in infusing passion into projects and by working collaboratively with designers and architects, he creates lighting as unique a space itself. From a simple, stand-alone fixture to large-scale illuminated art installations, each piece and project is well considered and consciously created. With the ability to take a simple idea and shape it into a compelling installation, his dedication to curiosity forms his process, material manipulation and conceptualization.
As a philosophy, he believes that it’s not the sum of the parts – it’s the intrinsic value of how they’re put together.
M Moser Associates has specialized in the design and delivery of workplace environments since 1981, with clients from the technology, finance, and legal sectors.
Working from 15 locations globally, their work showcased a global scope of expertise – including architecture, strategic workplace planning, interior design, building services engineering, sustainability, project management, procurement and construction. Specializing in integrated architect-led solutions for their clients, their projects highlight their abilities in base building, interiors and campus projects.
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.
Rabih Hage is a RIBA chartered architect and interior designer who divides his time between London, New York and the South of France. Rabih designs on a human scale, from the inside out, taking inspiration from his clients and their personalities to create deceptively effortless spaces that are suffused with warmth, a subtle wit, and an exquisite feeling for volume, structure, light and colour.
His continually evolving creative approach encompasses everything; from designing interiors to creating bespoke furniture for private clients; from designing new buildings to creating design concepts for developers. He sees little distinction between his practice as an architect and as an interior designer. His work has been recognised with numerous awards from the design industry, including the Andrew Martin Interior Designer of the Year Award, 2011, the Homes & Gardens Award for Interior Design, 2012, and consistent nomination by House & Garden and Architectural Digest (France) as one of the top 100 leading designers since 2002.
He has been knighted by the French Republic as a Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mérite for his services to design.