Many times we find ourselves in a creative standstill, where it seems that no matter how hard we try, we keep getting looped into the same ideas. That’s when original minds, and out of the box thinkers come in, to show us that we don’t have to fit into any box, and too can conceive unique designs that will stand out from the crowd. Design Limited Edition honours these product designers and their unique designs.
Anna Karlin works across all mediums, not only the furniture + lighting collections but her studio practise encompasses everything from digital and print to interiors and set design. She believes strongly that all the disciplines contribute wonderfully to each other and therefore no one area must remain untouched. Her studio practice and Anna Karlin Furniture + Fine Objects are the results of this sensibility.
Charles Kalpakian’s design has three roots: France, Lebanon where he was born in 1982, and the Street Art culture. These influences take shape through the reinterpretation of motifs from the decorative arts, filtered by resolutely urban and contemporary culture. The stroke is always clean, even if the gesture resembles calligraphy in space. After a ten year collaboration with prestigious design agencies including Ora Ito’s and Christophe Pillet’s, in 2011 he became a freelance designer, with clients such as Bespoke Edition, Habitat, Nemo, La Chance, Collection Particulière, Christophe Delcourt, Haymann Editions.
Product designer and artist, Elena Salmistraro lives and works in Milan. She works as a 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 unique designs 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.
Fernando Mastrangelo is a Brooklyn-based artist best known for his Collectible Design, as well as his large scale sculptures and experiential installations. All of Mastrangelo’s unique designs are sculpted by hand from natural or repurposed materials such as sand, salt, silica, and crushed or powdered glass. His passionate concern with ecological issues continues to influence his growing language. His unique designs have been exhibited in both national and international exhibitions like Art Basel, Salone del Mobile in Milan, and Rossana Orlandi’s Gallery in Milan. He has designed custom commissioned works and spaces for top-tier international brands such as Audemars Piguet, Stella McCartney and Dior.
High-end craftsmanship and quality making are at the core of their unique designs, but the meaning of craft to them has always stretched far beyond the learnt techniques. It is a way of approaching an object with an understanding of the wider impact it creates, by where something is made, how and by whom. Their unique design process is led by an appreciation and respect for the natural environment, and the traditional processes, materials and skills intrinsically linked within it. Everything they design embodies sustainability, through carefully considered material choices to designs that combine historical and contemporary aesthetics to ensure they’ll last a lifetime.
With his revolutionary work in 3D printing design as well as creating and implementing forward-thinking solutions to maximize the growth of the 3D industry across a variety of businesses, Janne is known as the “3D Guy”. His unique designs have been extensively exhibited and integrated into permanent design collections at leading galleries and museums around the world including MOMA, FIT, MAD and the Vitra Design Museum.
Nathalie is a designer whose main medium is light and whose materials vary between metal, glass and other long-lasting media. Whether designing light fixtures, objects, furnishings or large-scale sculptures, she also works as a consultant in Lighting for several architecture offices. Her unique designs reveal her passion for sculptural shapes and superior craftsmanship. Some of her iconic pieces can be found in the best collections and were several times awarded.
Philippe Hiquily was a French artist and designer known for biomorphic furniture and sculptures. He was able to combine modernist design, insect physiognomy, and human sexuality, to produce Surrealist unique designs. Today, his works are held in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Montreal.
Pierre Gonalons is a product and interior designer based in Paris. He defends a minimal design mixed with references to the decorative arts and pop culture. His unique designs are setting between simplicity and spectacular and revealing a subtle work of interpretation about the subjects he remains faithful and which are his signature. He focuses on the expression of the material and the craftsmanship which he considers to be a major source of inspiration. Beyond the simple function, the object must convey a contemporary meaning and a sincere message.
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