Established in 2007, Fakasaka is the eponymous design company by Brazilian artist Fernando Akasaka distinguished by a penchant for producing intricate detailed cast bronze collectible design objects, furniture and jewelries. Residing and working from his studio in São Paulo, Brazil, Akasaka’s latest collection AVA draws inspiration from world renowned surrealist masters such as Alberto and Diego Giacometti. Like the two symbiotic siblings, Akasaka also draws inspiration from working with his daughter Alexia. Fakasaka explores the contrast between the manmade and the natural through shapes and finishes that create a clear aesthetic. The constant challenge to balance elements is met with an outcome that is a striking assortment of bronze furniture and objects in oxidised and polished finishes, accented with precious regional stones, granites and rich prehistoric reptilian motifs.
Graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, Jan gained extended qualifications at Politecnico di Milano, Italy. His process of designing is the state of researching, discovering and being curious of the world, making insightful observations and drawing sensible conclusions. Jan is currently partnering with Galerie SORS to produce exclusive small series artisan design pieces, fashioned by his own hand from his Berlin based design studio and Warsaw atelier.
Nestled in the rolling hills region of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, Jan Kath has build a small town epicenter of creation for some of the world‘s most in demand designs in hand-knotted carpets. Whether designing for private residences, corporate headquarters, boutique hotels or luxury fashion brands, he purposefully breaks with conventional styles and throws strict design rules overboard, while combining classic elements from oriental carpets with contemporary, minimalist design. With his interpretation, he has developed an unmistakable signature that defines style. Jan Kath carpets are made of hand-combed and hand-spun Tibetan highland wool, Chinese silk, and stinging-nettle fibers and produced in a traditional manufacturing process, woven by hand in Nepal and India. His concepts have earned numerous accolades and are shown in museums that showcase art and design such as the Frankfurt Museum of Applied Art, the Beijing International Design Triennial, Art Museum Riga Bourse and the Museum für Gestaltung Zürich.
MERNØE is a family-based lighting company run by Morten Mernøe and his two sons Jakob and Ulrik. From their atelier in Copenhagen, Denmark, this family trio engineers and produces lighting with a design testament to the juxtaposition of traditional craftsmanship and modern technology, using classic materials and techniques, while incorporating modern LED technology.
Privatiselectionem has a belief in architectural and interior design which has naturally developed into the field of product design. Celebrating a platform based on an abundance of contemporary textures and technologies that derive from a transformative construction of study, progress and appreciation of a design aesthetic which has spanned the centuries. The constructive interplay of this cultivated expertise, combined with a refined workmanship and experimentation with proportions, are the compasses that guide the creative process. An approach holistic and artisanal. A result of perennial demand and an accumulation of experience in craftsmanship that exhibits an individual and distinctive approach to design is applied throughout the process, from the overall selection of materials to the meticulous application of the smallest details.
(1990-) A French designer based in Bordeaux. Rémi Capdepuy studied at the Nationale Advanced School of Architecture of Montpellier from 2009 to 2013. Marked by the social divide between dominating intellectual positions valued in our society, and positions related to manual work often denigrated, he decides to make the enhancement of manually manufactured work a primary concern. His approach to the object is that of feelings, of poetry, proposing a sensitive dimension between the object and the user. He’s led by the will to tell a story through the object, leaving as much freedom as possible to the materials, working his drawing so that they express themselves by themselves. His multidisciplinary approach is at the crossroads of different fields such as sculpture, painting, mechanics, architecture and landscape, all of which play a primary role in his creations, each one fashioned by his own hand.
Based in Corneliano Bertario, a small village near the floodplain of the Adda river, the unique and tranquil aura of the location blends successfully with the projects of studiointervallo; thus enriching them with nature, the very soul of each single creation. Founded by Andrea Ghisoni, the studio pursues the perfect blending of essential lines with the boldness of shape and the nobility of true craftsmanship.
As with all languages, the source of a new springs from the essence of an existing; inserting its mark in history. The design language of Studio SORS. derives from brutalism, a love for the seemingly unfinished finishes, raw materials and naturally occurring patinas speaks through our work and dictates the final results. Leading the way, shapes and texture take centre stage, creating a multi-sensory experience through an honest design vision.
Based in Bordeaux, William Guillon’s main influences are strong artistic movements, often dark and filled with modern melancholy. Obsessed with a futuristic dystopic vision, the issues he adresses are always loaded with his attraction to strong imagery. Beyond his influences, he has always been driven by his love for noble materials, raw materials to work on and embellish without alteration. Always valuing handicraft work, his objects are designed as high quality products, without ever compromising aesthetics for ease. After a Master’s degree in Art Direction at ECV Bordeaux, William Guillon has set up his studio with, as a basis, a reflexion around black and darkness. His interest for luminous objects was indeed born of a desire to carve this darkness with light as if it were a pure and precious material. William’s objects, handmade in France, are all available in various finishes and materials.