Verner Panton (February 1926 -1998) is considered one of Denmark's most influential 20th-century furniture and interior designers. During his career, he created innovative and futuristic designs in a variety of materials, especially plastics, and in vibrant and exotic colors.
Achille Castiglioni (1918-2002) was a renowned Italian industrial designer. He was often inspired by everyday things and made use of ordinary materials. He preferred to use a minimal amount of materials to create forms with maximal effect.
Arne Emil Jacobsen
Arne Emil Jacobsen (1902 -1971) was a Danish architect and designer. In particular, he is remembered for developing the 'Danish Modern' style and for contributing so much to architectural functionalism. In addition to his architectural work, he was one ofof the most important contributors to Danish design, especially as a result of the worldwide success he enjoyed with simple but effective chair designs.
Charles Ormond and Bernice Alexandra "Ray" Eames
Charles Ormond Eames, Jr (1907–1978) and Bernice Alexandra "Ray" Eames née Bernice Kaiser (1912–1988) were American designers, who worked in and made major contributions to modern architecture and furniture. They also worked in the fields of industrial and graphic design, fine art and film.
Xavier Pauchard created in 1934 a range of metal chairs and tables that have since become design classics. Until the 1970s breweries supplied them to cafés and brasseries in return for them stocking their brands.
Florence Knoll Bassett (born 1917) is an American architect and furniture designer who studied under Mies van der Rohe and Eliel Saarinen. She was born in Saginaw, Michigan as Florence Schust and is known in familiar circles simply as "Shu".
Hans Jørgen Wegner
Hans Jørgen Wegner, (1914-2007), was a successful Danish furniture designer who contributed to the international popularity of mid-century Danish design. His work belongs to a modernist school with emphasis on functionality. He is probably best known for his chairs.
Børge Mogensen (1914 -1972), was a Danish furniture designer. He was one of the most important among a generation of furniture designers who made the concept of “Danish design” known throughout the world. Together with colleagues such as Arne Jacobsen and Hans Wegner, Mogensen created international respect for Danish furniture design, and his simple and functional designs have for more than half a century enjoyed worldwide demand.
Harry Bertoia (1915-1978), was an Italian-born artist, sculptor, and modern furniture designer. Bertoia was working with Charles Eames on ergonomic studies that would be used to create practical forms for furniture. Between 1950 and 1954 Bertoia produced five wire chiars that became known as the Bertoia Collection for Knoll.
Mart Stam (1899-1986) was a Dutch architect, urban planner, and furniture designer. Stam was extraordinarily well-connected, and his career intersects with important moments in the history of 20th century European architecture, including chair design at the Bauhaus, the Weissenhof Estate, the "Van Nelle Factory", an important modernist landmark building in Rotterdam, buildings for Ernst May's Weimar Frankfurt housing project then to Russia with the idealistic May Brigade, to postwar reconstruction in Germany.
Eero Saarinen (1910–1961) was a Finnish American architect and industrial designer of the 20th century famous for varying his style according to the demands of the project: simple, sweeping, arching structural curves or machine-like rationalism.
Vico Magistretti (1920-2006) was an Italian industrial designer, known as a furniture designer and archtect. He designed many furnishings, lighting, ceramics and objects made of plastic. Vico Magistretti started out studying at the Champ Universitaire Italien de Lausanne in Switzerland, where he took courses in architecture and urban planning. From 1940 to 1945 Vico Magistretti studied at Milan Polytechnic, where he took his diploma in architecture.
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Charles-Édouard Le Corbusier and Charlotte Perriand
Charles-Édouard Jeanneret "Le Corbusier " (1887 -1965), was a Swiss architect, designer, urbanist, writer and painter, famous for being one of the pioneers of what now is called Modern architecture or the International style. He was born in Switzerland and became a French citizen in his thirties. His career spanned five decades, with his buildings constructed throughout central Europe, India, Russia, and one each in North and South America.
Isamu Noguchi (1904 – 1988) was a prominent Japanese American artist and landscape architect whose artistic career spanned six decades, from the 1920s onward. Known for his sculpture and public works, Noguchi also designed stage sets for various Martha Graham productions, and several mass-produced lamps and furniture pieces.
Eileen Moray Gray
Poul Kjærholm (1929–1980) was a Danish designer. Born in Øster Vrå, Denmark, Kjærholm began as a cabinetmaker's apprentice with Gronbech in 1948, going on to the Danish School of Arts and Crafts in Copenhagen in 1952.
Eero Aarnio (born 21 July 1932) is a Finnish interior designer, well known for his innovative furniture designs in the 1960s, notably his plastic and fibreglass chairs. Aarnio studied at the Institute of Industrial Arts in Helsinki, and started his own office in 1962.
Poul M. Volther
Poul M. Volther (1923-2001) belonged to a generation of architects with solid roots in the very best of craft. As an exponent to functionalism he was against fads and aesthetic smartness and he loved the simple manufacture of fine materials.
Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (1886 –1969) was a German architect. Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, along with Walter Gropius and Le Corbusier, is widely regarded as one of the pioneering masters of Modern architecture. Mies, like many of his post World War I contemporaries, sought to establish a new architectural style that could represent modern times just as Classical and Gothic did for their own eras.
Marcel Lajos Breuer
Marcel Lajos Breuer (1902 -1981), architect and furniture designer, was an influential Hungarian-born modernist of Jewish descent. One of the masters of Modernism, Breuer displayed interest in modular construction and simple forms.
Pierre Paulin ( 1927-2009, Paris )made his début in the design field in the 50s (after having studied stone carving and clay modeling at the Ecole Camondo in Paris) becoming immediately known for his iconic and innovative designs.
Finn Juhl (1912 -1989) was a Danish architect, interior and industrial designer , most known for his furniture design. He was one of the leading figures in the creation of "Danish design" in the 1940s and he was the designer who introduced Danish Modern to America.
Jean Prouvé (1901-1984) was a French metal worker, self-taught architect and designer. His main achievement was transferring manufacturing technology from industry to architecture, without losing aesthetic qualities. His design skills were not limited to one discipline. During his career Jean Prouvé was involved in architectural design, industrial design, structural design and furniture design.
Sori Yanagi (1915) The Japanese designer Sori Yanagi finished art school in Tokyo in 1940. Then he was an assistant until 1942 in the Tokyo practice of Charlotte Perriand, who at that time was art and crafts adviser to the Japanese Board of Trade. In 1952 Sori Yanagi founded the Yanagi Industrial design Institute.