|Patricia Urquiola, Spanish architect and director and adopted Italian, is one of the pioneers of the Mutina team. |
She has designed numerous collections since 2008, including the Déchirer, Bas-Relief, Azulej and Tierras series.
Patricia Urquiola was born in Oviedo, Spain, but has lived and worked in Milan for over 20 years. She studied architecture at
the Technical University of Madrid and the Polytechnic University of Milan, where she graduated in 1989 and Achille Castiglioni
oversaw her graduate thesis. In the early years of her career, she was assistant lecturer to Achille Castiglioni, she collaborated with
Vico Magistretti and was Head of Design at Lissoni Associati. She opened her own studio in 2001, working in product design, interior
design and architecture. Her most recent projects have included: the Jewellery Museum in Vicenza, the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in
Barcelona, Das Stue hotel in Berlin, the Spa at the Four Seasons Hotel in Milan; retail and fitting projects for Gianvito Rossi, BMW, Flos,
Missoni, Moroso, Officine Panerai, H&M, Santoni and Pitti Uomo Firenze. Some of her designs are exhibited in the most important museums
of art and design. Urquiola has won numerous international prizes including: Medalla de Oro al Mérito en las Bellas Artes and the Order of
Isabella the Catholic, awarded to her by King Juan Carlos I of Spain, ‘Designer of the Decade’ for magazines Home and Häuser and ‘Designer o
f the Year’ for magazines Wallpaper, AD Spain, Elle Decor International and Architektur und Wohnen.
|Raw Edges is a young London Design Studio comprised of Israeli-born designers Yael Mer and Shay Alkalay. |
The Raw Edges design studio, founded by Yael Mer and Shay Alkalay, became part of the Mutina team in 2010.
They have designed the Folded and Tex collections. Both studied at the Bezalel Art & Design Academy in Jerusalem
before moving to London. After graduating from the Royal College of Art in 2006, they founded the Raw Edges Design
Studio. Yael likes to fold slim layers of all sorts of material as if they were paper, creating curved volumes and functional
forms, while Shay has a passionate interest in a world where things move, function and interact. These two different
approaches come together to create a series of original projects, characterized by a keen sensitivity toward the environment.
2009 was an important year for the firm: in addition to the Elle Decoration International Design Award for Stack by Established
& Sons, in the Furniture section, at Design Miami/Basel, the duo received the Designers of the Future Award 2009. They work
with a number of international brands and producers, such as Arco, Cappellini, Bauhaus Ceramic Japan, Established & Sons
and Stella McCartney.
|Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, designers originally from Brittany, have been working together for over a decade. In 1997, |
they were recognized by Giulio Cappellini at the Salon du Meuble in Paris for their work “Disintegrated Kitchen”, and their first
industrial design projects began shortly thereafter; the Lit Clos (Closed Bed) and the Spring Chair. Since that time, Ronan and
Erwan Bouroullec have partnered with brands such as Vitra, Kuadrat, Magis, Kartell, Established and Sons, Ligne Roset, Axor,
Issey Miyake and Cappellini. Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec have received numerous awards, and their work has been showcased
in exhibits around the world. They have been part of the Mutina team since 2011 and have designed the Pico, Rombini and Piano collections.
|Barber and Osgerby opened their London studio in 1996, having graduated from the Royal College of Art in London. |
Their multidisciplinary approach pushed the boundaries of industrial design, architecture and art. Their work includes
collections for Knoll, Vitra, B & B Italia, Cappellini, Venini and Flos, limited edition pieces and commissions such as the
London 2012 Olympic Torch and the £2 coin designed for the Royal Mint. The first extensive monograph on the pair was
published by Rizzoli New York in 2011. They are both Royal Designers for Industry (RDI) and Honorary Doctors of Art. Their
work is included in the permanent collections of museums around the world, such as the V&A and Design Museum in London,
the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and Chicago's Art Institute.
Tokujin Yoshioka, a native of Japan and a winner of numerous awards. His work can be found in the permanent collections
of museums worldwide, including those at the MoMA and the Cooper Hewitt in New York, the Victoria & Albert in London and
the Vitra Design Museum. Tokujin Yoshioka trained along with Shiro Kuramata and Issey Miyake, and opened his own studio
in 2000. He has worked with Japanese and international companies such as Hérmes, Toyota, BMW and Swarovski, designing
showrooms and installations. As a result of the success of the Honey-pop paper chair in 2001, he began delving into the world of
interior design, developing projects for Driade, Moroso and Kartell, amongst others. The signature feature of his creations is their poetic,
light, dreamlike quality; his products, interiors and installations are the result of painstaking, complex research carried out on simple materials,
combined with experimental technology. The awards he has received include Design Miami/Designer of the Year 2007, the Wallpaper*
Design Award 2008, Elle Decoration International/Designer of the Year 2009, Elle Decoration International/Decoration Design Award 2011,
A&W Architektur & Wohnen/Designer of the Year 2011 and Maison & Objet/Creator of the Year 2012.