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  • Achille Castiglioni

    Achille Castiglioni

    Cherished worldwide, Achille Castiglioni was born in Milan in 1918, graduating from architecture at the University of his Birthplace in 1944. Upholding the intrinsically key animating spirit of Italian design, particularly within lighting, Castiglioni has worked alongside some of the most prestigious furniture manufacturers from Italy. 

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  • Arne Jacobsen

    Arne Jacobsen

    A career encapsulated by flirting between controversy and art nouveaux genius, Arne Jacobsen established global infamy by combining modernist ideals with a Nordic love of naturalism. Born in Copenhagen in 1902, Jacobsen secured an education at the Royal Academy of Arts in his homeland, drawing all future inspiration with the study of leading architects and designers of that era. 

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  • Borge Mogensen

    Borge Mogensen

    Born in Aalborg in 1914, Børge Mogensen played an intrinsic role in bringing Danish design to the forefront of international consciousness. Together with colleagues such as Arne Jacobsen and Hans Wegner, Mogensen created such new-found international respect for Danish furniture design.

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  • C.R. Mackintosh

    C.R. Mackintosh

    With furnishing the Hill House Charles Rennie Mackintosh (1868-1928) oriented himself at the Bauhaus style: Purism, omitting naturalistic elements, almost mathematical functionality - a tribute to this popular style.

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  • Eero Aarnio

    Eero Aarnio

    Considered as one of the most innovative designers of his generation, Eero Aarnio was born in Helsinki, Finland in 1932. Graduating from the Institute of Industrial Arts in his hometown, Aarnio did not take long to cause shockwaves with his stunning vision of Modernist furniture design.

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  • Eileen Gray

    Eileen Gray

    Lauded as a pioneer of the Modern Movement in architecture and design, Kathleen Eileen Moray Gray was born into an aristocratic family near Enniscorthy, a market town in south-eastern Ireland. An artistic flair was encouraged by her parents at a young age and she was fortunate enough to travel with her father extensively on painting tours of Italy and Switzerland.

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  • Finn Juhl

    Finn Juhl

    Renowned for his furniture design, Danish Finn Juhl studied under Kay Fisker at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts for Architecture. After graduating Juhl worked at Vilhelm Lauritzen’s architectural firm for 10 years and received the C.F. Hansen prize for young architects.

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  • Gino Sarfatti

    Gino Sarfatti

    Gino Sarfatti was born in Venice in 1912. He completed his education in engineering at the University of Genoa. Sarfatti focused his work in the lighting sector and founded Arteluce, which became known as the national and international reference point for the modern architecture movement in lighting

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  • Grant Featherston

    Grant Featherston

    Born in Geelong, Victoria, Australian designer Grant Featherston had no formal design training, instead teaching himself to create lighting and glass panels. After serving in World War II he developed his signature furniture products, his relaxation range, followed by his famous plywood shell contour chairs in 1951.

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  • Greta M. Grossman

    Greta M. Grossman

    Born and raised in Sweden, Greta Magnusson Grossman represents a literal link between European design and California modernism. In 1940, after already establishing herself as a renowned designer in Sweden, she and her husband, jazz bandleader Billy Grossman, immigrated to Los Angeles. Although Grossman's work was well known and in demand through the 1950s and '60s her work was photographed by Julius Shulman, she appeared frequently in John Entenza's Art & Architecture magazine and she received two prestigious Good Design Awards from MoMA–she faded into relative obscurity. Read more
  • Harry Bertoja

    Harry Bertoja

    Artist, sound art sculptor and modern furniture designer, Harry Bertoia achieved huge commercial success during a glittering yet controversial career. Born in San Lorenzo, Italy in 1915, Bertoia made the radical decision to move to America at the tender age of 15 and soon earned a scholarship to study at the Cranbrook Academy of Art.

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  • Italiadesigns

    Italiadesigns

    We at Italia Designs use our passion and enjoyment of furniture design to select some true design highlights that will make your home unique and extraordinary. 

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  • Jasper Morrison

    Jasper Morrison

    As a highly-accomplished industrial designer and consultant for some of the world's major manufacturers, Jasper Morrison always seeks to question whether a new product is justified. Tiring of design that merely grabs attention without making a difference to our lives, the British designer celebrated normality with Naoto Fukasawa through the 2006 exhibition 'Super Normal'. The exhibition brought together 'super normal' everyday products that are “the things that add something to the atmosphere of our homes and that we'd miss the most if they disappeared”. This is a guiding principle of his own work.

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  • Marcel Breuer

    Marcel Breuer

    Marcel Lajos („Lajkó “) Breuer (* May 21st, 1902 in Fünfkirchen, Austro-Hungary; † July 1st, 1981 in New York) was a German-American architect and designer of Hungarian-Jewish origin. 

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  • Pierre P.

    Pierre P.

    Boasting a revolutionary style, designer Pierre P. is responsible for creating a wealth of style icons that continue to be celebrated to this day. Born in Paris in 1927, P. captured the world’s imagination with innovative pieces that showcased his signature line of vision. 

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  • Robert Dudley B.

    Robert Dudley B.

    Robert Dudley Best was heir to the world's largest lighting factory, founded in Birmingham in 1840. Despite its proud history, Best felt that the lamp designs produced by the factory were outdated. In 1925, Best visited the International Exhibition of Modern Design in Paris, where many of the designs exhibited were influenced by the work of Le Corbusier and Mies van der Rohe. Read more
  • Ron Gilad

    Ron Gilad

    Israeli designer Ron Gilad was born in Tel Aviv in 1972. He studied towards a degree in Industrial Design at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem before moving to New York in 2001 where he co-founded Designfenzider. 

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  • Warren Platner

    Warren Platner

    American architect and interior designer Warren Platner studied architecture at Cornell University before working at various design and architecture firms including Raymond Loewy, I.M. Pei, Eero Saarinen and Kevin Roche. Whilst part of Eero Saarinen’s office he contributed to designs for Washington’s Dulles Airport, amongst other high profile projects.

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  • Wilhelm Wagenfeld

    Wilhelm Wagenfeld

    Committed to improving the quality of consumer products, Wilhelm Wagenfeld designed home goods that benefited from advances in industrial materials and manufacturing processes. Wagenfeld specialized in glass, developing functional, affordable, and elegantly minimal heat-resistant glassware that has been widely duplicated. His best-known design was conceived while he was a student at the Bauhaus. 

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