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.
Fondazione MAST is an international cultural and philanthropic institution that focuses on art, technology and innovation in Bologna, Italy. Focusing on projects that leverage identity, develop new ideas, and create new connections, Fondazione MAST is debuting The Anthropocene Exhibition this spring. An investigation of the indelible human footprint on the Earth, the show explores projects from concrete seawalls in China that now cover 60% of the mainland coast, to the biggest terrestrial machines ever built in Germany, to psychedelic potash mines in Russia’s Ural Mountains, to the devastated Great Barrier Reef in Australia, and surreal lithium evaporation ponds in the Atacama desert, from the marble quarries in Carrara to one of the world’s largest landfill sites in Dandora, Kenya.
The exhibition brings together the extraordinary photographs of Edward Burtynsky, films by Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier and augmented reality installations. The exhibition is co-curated by Urs Stahel, MAST PhotoGallery curator, Sophie Hackett, photography curator at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto and Andrea Kunard, curator of the Canadian Photography Institute of the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa.
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.
Harry’s is a men’s personal care company that was founded because of the poor customer experience Jeff Raider and Andy Katz-Mayfield had in buying shaving supplies. They saw that most razors were locked behind a glass case at the drugstore, and the products themselves were overpriced and over-designed.
With design as a core pillar of their company, they saw an opportunity to build a brand that was very different from the leading players: a brand that’s more relatable, more thoughtful, and more real than the outdated and disconnected men’s brands on the market. They have built an inclusive, human centric brand, delivering exceptional products that work hard, feel good, and are made with integrity for all men.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.