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About the multi-award winning designers…
DORIANA AND MASSIMILIANO FUKSAS
Born in Rome in 1944 of Lithuanian background, Massimiliano Fuksas graduated in architecture from the Sapienza University of Rome in 1969. Fuksas set up a studio in Rome in 1967, followed by one in Paris 1989. He opened a studio in Shenzhen, China, in 2008. One of the leaders of the contemporary architectural scene since the 1980s. He has held the position of visiting professor at several universities, such as the École Spéciale d’Architecture in Paris, the Akademie der Bildenden Kunste in Vienna, the Staadtliche Akademia des Bildenden Kunste in Stuttgart and Columbia University in New York.
In 2000, he was the director of the 7th International Architecture Exhibition in Venice: “Less Aesthetics, More Ethics”.
Since 2000, he has been writing for architecture column founded by Bruno Zevi for the Italian weekly publication “L’Espresso”.
His awards and acknowledgements include:
2012 awarded “Medal of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers”, in Rimini, Italy;
2010 awarded “Légion d’ Honneur” by the President of the French Republic, and in 2000 honoured with the title of “Commandeur de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres de la République Française”;
1999 “Grand Prix National d’Architecture Française“, in Paris, France;
1998 received the “Vitruvio Internacional a la Trayectoria”, lifetime achievement award in Buenos Aires, Argentina; Honorary member of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), London, UK, and of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), Washington D.C., USA.
Doriana O. Mandrelli was born in Rome where she obtained a degree in History of Modern and Contemporary Architecture at the Sapienza University of Rome in 1979. She graduated in Architecture from the École Spéciale d’Architecture in Paris, France. She has been teaching at both the Department of History of Art of the Faculty of Letters and Arts and the ITACA Department of Industrial Design at the Sapienza University of Rome. She curated four “Special Projects” at the 7th International Architecture Exhibition in Venice: “Less Aesthetics, More Ethics” in 2000: Jean Prouve’, Jean Maneval, the Peace Pavilion and Architecture of Spaces, and the contemporary art section.
Among her awards and honours:
2011 award for designing the “Carmen” handle for Manital at the International Design Awards, Los Angeles, USA;
2002 honoured with the title of “Officier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres de la République Française”.
She has been in partnership with Massimiliano Fuksas since 1985 and has been the head of “Fuksas Design” since 1997.
Daniel Libeskind B.ARCH. M.A. BDA AIA is an international figure in architectural practice and urban design. He is well known for introducing a new critical discourse into architecture and for his multidisciplinary approach. His practice extends from building major cultural and commercial institutions – including museums and concert halls – to convention centers, universities, housing, hotels, shopping centers and residential work. He also designs opera sets and maintains an object design studio.
Born in postwar Poland in 1946, Mr. Libeskind became an American citizen in 1965. He studied music in Israel (on the America-Israel Cultural Foundation Scholarship) and in New York, becoming a virtuoso performer. He left music to study architecture, receiving his professional architectural degree in 1970 from the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York City. He received a postgraduate degree in History and Theory of Architecture at the School of Comparative Studies at Essex University (England) in 1972.
He has received numerous awards and designed world-renowned projects including: the Jewish Museum in Berlin, the Denver Art Museum, the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, the Military History Museum in Dresden, and the Master Plan for Ground Zero among others.
Daniel Libeskind’ s commitment to expanding the scope of architecture reflects his profound interest and involvement in philosophy, art, literature and music. Fundamental to Libeskind’ s philosophy is the notion that buildings are crafted with the perceptible human energy, and that they address the greater cultural context in which they are built.
Several of Daniel Libeskind’ s projects are currently under construction, among which CityLife, project of re-qualification of the old fairgrounds district in Milan, which includes a new urban park, as well as residential, office, retail and cultural areas, and Zlota 44; a residential high-rise tower in Warsaw, Poland.
Upon winning the World Trade Center design competition in February 2003, Daniel Libeskind was appointed as master plan architect for the site in New York City. Memory Foundations is now under construction. Daniel teaches and lectures at universities across the world. He resides in New York City with his wife and business partner, Nina Libeskind.
Born in 1969, he studied interior design at Saint-Luc Institute before opening his own Studio in Brussels. In 2000 Lust started to design for MDF Italia, an ongoing relationship which was the start of his collaboration with leading international producers such as Driade, De Padova, Baleri Italia and Extremis.
His work is clearly identifiable through the visible tension he gives to his objects, and the curves inspired by his innovative (de)formation process of metallic surfaces. He has received of dozens of awards including Compasso d’Oro.
His work has appeared in over 50 exhibitions and is a regular feature in international design publications. He is a regularly invited guest lecturer at leading art and design institutions around the world. ” A wonderful aspect of Xavier’s work is the illusion of lightness and motion,” writes the Russian critic Olga Bozhko. “In his designs he manages to express what seems impossible. It’s seems as though his works are not created; they are born.”
He was born in Paris in 1949. Architect, interior designer and designer, Starck is active in every field. In 1989 he created the Asahi and Nani Nani buildings in Tokyo; in just one year, 1991, he designed a building in Osaka, ten buildings in Los Angeles, the “Angle Building” in Antwerp, in Belgium, and an entire district in Paris. As interior designer, in 1982 he designed the current layout of the Elysée, in 1984 the Café Costes, and in 1985 the Manin in Tokyo. As well as collections of furniture for French, Italian, Spanish, Japanese and Swiss companies, he has created many objects including bags and suitcases for Louis Vuitton, sailing-boats for Bénéteau, vehicles, cutlery and tableware and computers.