The world of product design may seem often dominated by male minds, however, these female product designers prove just the opposite, reigning supreme in this field with their outstanding furniture designs.
Article Originally Published On March 5, 2020
Some people say that the future is female, we, however, believe that the past and present also have a feminine say, so let’s discover some new names in the industry as well as rediscover some old acquaintances from the product design world.
Claude Lalanne was a French sculptor and product designer most widely known for her work in the collaborative duo Les Lalanne with her husband, François-Xavier Lalanne. Claude Lalanne’s personal work often manifested itself in the form of decorative flora and fauna, drawing from Surrealism and Art Nouveau in her furniture pieces.
Cristina Celestino is an architect, interior and product designer who works as a creative director for exclusive brands. She is a good example of a product designer who goes by the philosophy of concentrating her creative work on research and observation. Currently, Cristina Celestino works and lives in Milan. In each of her interior design projects, she always takes the potential of shapes, furniture, and functions, also building a connection between fashion, art, and design.
Product designer and artist, Elena Salmistraro lives and works in Milan. She works as a product designer and artist/illustrator for leading companies in the creative industry like Seletti. Besides, she collaborates with prestigious design and art galleries, such as Rossana Orlandi and Camp Design Gallery. Her creations are the result of a combination of art and design; utmost care for details, painstaking search for the harmony of shapes and poetic style characterize her projects. One of her work’s priorities is the search for the expressive language of objects, which may fascinate people by evoking emotions.
India Mahdavi is known for the delighted projects that can take to a colourful wonderland like no other interior designer. Her interior design projects are elegant, fluid, and reflect the essence of their location and often feature her own product designs. Mahdavi has become more than an exceptional interior designer, she is also a product designer who interprets her rich mix of cultures and colours, into a high-end, joyful, and happy interiors.
Lara Bohinc was a design consultant for many luxury brands, amongst them Montblanc, Gucci and most notably Cartier, a position she held for over a decade. A mark of her product design is versatility. A passionate believer in the universality of good design, she always looks to bridge the divide across different mediums of furniture, objects jewellery and textiles.
Maria Pergay is a Romanian-born French product designer best known for her unique use of stainless steel in producing tables, belt buckles, decorative artefacts, chairs, and daybeds. Pergay’s pieces often feature organic shapes such as waves, rings, and shells. Her works are held in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
Globally recognized as known for being one of the best interior and product designers on the planet, Nika Zupanc built marvellous and modern interior design projects, created limited-edition furniture collections for Rossana Orlandi and designed exclusive pieces for high-end brands like Moooi and Dior.
Paola Navone is a Milan-born architect and product designer. Always on the go and looking or inspiration she has become an anthropologist of creativity. For this stunning designer, travelling signifies extending new horizons, gathering colours, scents, shapes, tastes, and mixing all that into another culture and space-time combination. Creating objects that blend magnificent design and craftsmanship.
Patricia Urquiola is a famous interior designer, architect, and product designer born in Oviedo, Spain but living at the moment in Italy. She is internationally renowned as one of the best interior designers in the world thanks to her great and creative designs that are suitable for so many interior design projects.
Zaha Hadid did more than dabble in product design. Her ever-growing portfolio includes jewellery, vessels, seating, a prototype car, and more than a few shoes, all of which confer the sinuous, sculptural, and whimsical nature of her award-winning structures at a scale that makes them tangible, even personal. Known for experimenting with novel fabrication techniques Hadid worked with materials from wood to aluminium to polyurethane and more, including the occasional encrusted Swarovski crystal or diamond.
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