Kasia Zareba

Kasia Zareba grew up in Poland, where she studied architecture before moving to the Eindhoven Design Academy in the Netherlands.

After graduating in 2012, she opened her own design firm in Eindhoven.
Kasia Zareba is a multi-faceted designer who is at ease working with a wide range of materials.

Her style is always a balanced mix of design, art and installation, and her works run from small to large, concrete surfaces and textures, fantasy and technology.

Kasia has worked successfully with a number of companies: the Fabric Museum in Tilburg, Cultuur Ondernemen, Design Drift, Mini / BMW, Studio Izabela Bołoz, Studio Toer. She has taught at the School of Form in Poznan, and the Fine Arts Academy in Katowice, Poland.

Vivienne Westwood

Vivienne Isabel Swire married Derek Westwood when very young.
In 1971 she began designing clothes and she opened her first shop in The King’s Road.
Her fashion became synonymous with the Punk movement and she was arrested for hosting a catwalk along the banks of the Thames with Sex Pistols during the Queen’s Jubilee.
In 1982, she became the first British fashion designer since Mary Quant to host a fashion show in Paris.
She designed the “Statue of Liberty” corset, the first corset to be introduced into outerwear.
The American editor John Fairchild included Vivienne, the only woman, in his list of the top six fashiondesigners of the world.
She was appointed professor at the Applied Art Academy in Vienna and at the Berliner Hochschule der Künste.
She was awarded the Order of the British Empire (OBE) by Her Majesty Queen Elisabeth II, she married Andreas Kronthaler and created the Mac Andreas tartan, which appears in the official archives of the Lochcarron Museum.
British TV dedicated the show Painted Ladies, a documentary film about the relationship between fashion and art, to Vivienne.
Amongst other honours, Vivienne Westwood’s creations were also awarded a place in the Victoria & Albert Museum, the most important exhibition dedicated to a living British designer which then also went on to open in San Francisco and at the Palazzo Reale in Milan.
Vivienne Westwood Ltd has more than 20 collections, 30 flagship stores, exports to over 86 countries and is present in 700 points of sale around the world.
Vivienne Westwood is one of the most influential deans of world fashion.

Karim Rashid

Rashid is a leading figure in the fields of product, interior design, fashion, furniture, lighting and art and his poetics is part of the global cultural scene.
To date he has had some 2000 objects put into production for an impressive array of clients from Alessi to Georg Jensen, Umbra to Prada, Miyake to Method.
His work is in the permanent collections of 14 Museums worldwide including MoMA.

Romina Power

Romina Power is an all-around artist who finds her creative freedom only through the diverse expressions of art.
After having enjoyed a successful career as a singer and artist and presented several TV programmes in Italy, Romina has consolidated her painting activity characterized by a marked and lively style.
Recently she has realized her first feature film and an autobiographic book entitled “Cercando mio padre”.

Studio FM

Studio FM Milano has been working since 1996 in visual communication, dealing in particular with the general design of coordinated images, web design and editorial design, working in various commercial areas including fashion, design, architecture, industry, publishing, culture and institutional fields.
The studio was founded by Sergio Menichelli, who studied at the ISA in Monza and the ISIA in Urbino, and Barbara Forni, who graduated from the Brera Academy and the Milan Design Polytechnic; subsequently Cristiano Bottino, an architect who graduated at the Parson School in NY, joined the firm.

Elio Fiorucci

Opened his famous store in Galleria Passarella in Milan in 1967.
His fashion in movement, in progress, constantly in search of new materials, fulfils the needs of young people also thanks “to his autonomous and all-around image that refuses to be bound by geographical boundaries and any or any tag that would categorize him as having one kind of genre”.
In the 80’s many different personalized marketing strategies epitomized the Fiorucci brand as a synonym for creativity in image communication.

Alessandro Mendini

Architect and designer, Alessandro Mendini is considered one of the foremost design masters of today.
In 1989 he founded the Mendini Atelier in Milan and he has designed objects, furniture, planned spaces, installations, buildings always adding a personal touch.
The Editor in Chief of magazines such as Casabella, Modo and Domus, various monographic volumes on his work and on his partnership with Atelier Alchimia have been published and translated into many languages.
His main interest is neo-modern and contemporary design, and he is a design consultant of international repute, whose collaboration for international brands such as Alessi, Philips and Swatch as an image and design consultant has led to the creation of world-wide famous products.
He is an honorary member of the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem, he has been awarded the Compasso d’Oro for design, the Architectural League prize of New York as well as Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres in France.
A Professor of design at the Hochschule fur Angewandte Kunst in Vienna, he has organized many exhibitions in Italy and abroad.
His work can be found in museums such as the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Centre Pompidou in Paris.
His architectural projects include, Alessi’s house in Omegna, the Bicchieraia theatre in Arezzo, a memorial tower in Hiroshima, Japan, and the Groningen Musem, Holland.

Krizia

At the end of her first ever catwalk show, staged at the Palazzo Pitti, Mariuccia Mandelli, Krizia (a name borrowed from Plato’s dialogue on feminine vanity) distinguished herself by winning the Fashion Critic’s Award.
Her fashion is based on research, creativity, project and design, founded on a neat geometry but also rich in references and precious details.
Every single fashion collection by Krizia has an animal as a lucky charm, with an increasing aggressiveness and a sort of jungle which has now become a ritual: Krizia’s zoo.
Her fashion is also influenced by modern and contemporary art, a constant search for new materials as well as her famous plissè.
Krizia, whose endorsements range from perfume to wine, has flagship stores all over the world as well as many franchise boutiques.
In Japan alone there are 202 Krizia boutiques and 600 points of sale. Bestowed the honour “Commendatore della Repubblica Italiana”, she has been awarded with international prizes and dedicated exhibitions in the most renowned museums in the world, such as the Musèe des Arts et de la Mode, Paris; the Guggenheim Museum, New York; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo.
Mariuccia Mandelli supported the rebuilding of the La Fenice theatre in Venice and the Tournè del Piccolo Teatro in the USA for the Olympics in Los Angeles, since 1985 Spazio Krizia has hosted a series of cultural events with writers, artists, designers, musicians such as Doris Lessing and Ingo Maurer in attendance.
Recently Krizia have introduced the new autumn-winter 2008-09 collection, caracterized by wiggly shapes sinuose and big volums.
They have spoken among others Blogosfere Style & Fashion and LuxGallery.

Sandra Bermudez

Sandra Bermudez’s work – photographer and multi-media artist from Colombia – delves into gender and sexual issues.
In particular, using self-portraits and close-ups, she explores the theme of female body and its private (“I look at me”) and public (“The others, especially men, look at me”) spheres. She has exhibited her works internationally, especially in America.

Michele De Lucchi

The architectural designs of Michele De Lucchi have been mainly for office buildings, furnishing elements and corporate image.
Among his clients, Olivetti, Philips, Siemens, Vitra, NTT, Deutsche Bank, Enel, Telecom Italia, Artemide, Piaggio.
He was a prominent figure in movements such as Cavart, Alchymia and Memphis during the period of radical architecture and in 1990 he set up Produzione Privata, a small-scale concern through which he, unsolicited by clients, designs products made using artisan techniques and crafts.
His works are exhibited in the most important design museums in Europe, USA and Japan.

Mario Bellini

Milan-born Mario Bellini is one of the most renowned designers in the world.
His work ranges from urban and architectural drawings to furniture and industrial design.
His career as a designer started in 1963, as an industrial design consultant for Olivetti, for which he designed typewriters, calculators, computers and video appliances with special care given to the user’s needs, even if Bellini believes that ergonomics is just a starting point as man is more complex than a mere series of measurements.
Amongst his products, the Divisumma 18 calculator in particular, will be remembered for its tactile feel and the plastic coloured carter covered in a rubber membrane.
Another revolutionary product was the Yamaha ’73 cassette-recorder with its typical wedge-shaped design.
During his career, he has collaborated with many Italian and international companies such as Artemide, B&B Italia, Cassina, Yamaha, Renault, Rosenthal, Vitra.
Moreover, Bellini has been a consultant for Renault and Editor in Chief of Domus magazine.
He was awarded the Compasso d’Oro as well as many other international awards and some of his work is permanently on show at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
Since the 80’s, he has predominantly worked as an architect in Europe, Japan, the United States and the United Arab Emirates.

Lucio Dalla

Lucio Dalla has made the fusion of genres his very stylistic and creative creed.
A musician always on the edge of pop, jazz and classical, he has been the author and interpreter of some of the most profound songs in the history of Italian music.
With the passing of time he has increased his repertoire, and now concentrates on composing operas and film music scores, the conception of television programmes, and writing narratives.
For years he was custodian at the No Code Gallery in his native Bologna, a space which the benchmark for contemporary and avant-garde art.

Peter Halley

Peter Halley’s geometric paintings engaged in a play of relationships between “prisons” and “cells” reflect the rapidly increasing geometricization of social space in the world in which we all live. Halley has had museum exhibitions in America and Europe and his works are exhibited in many museums including the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo.
He has lectured at university and he has worked as a art critic and for ten years as well as published the important cultural magazine index magazine.

Massimiliano Adami

Massimiliano Adami (1969) studied design at the Istituto Statale d’Arte in Monza and at the Design Faculty of the Politecnico in Milan.
From his debut in 1998 with the exhibition “Il fantasma del design”, he has taken part in various contests and exhibitions, leading to his successful participation at the Salone Satellite in 2005.
Thanks to his experimentation on materials and manufacturing techniques, based heavily on those of the traditional craftsman, his work falls half way between art and design, combining project-planning with self-production.
Massimiliano Adami collaborates with various companies such as Cappellini, Meritalia, Gruppo Fendi/DesignMiami. His projects are frequently showcased in important design galleries: Moss in New York, Rossana Orlandi in Milan, Ottobarradieci in Bergamo, Onepieceart in Rome.
In 2009, his work “Fossili Moderni” was included in the permanent collection of the Design Museum in Milan, following the “Magma Fossile” exhibition organised by Stefano Maffei at the Triennale.