DESIGNERS

ANTONIO CITTERIO

Antonio Citterio (born 1950, in Meda) is an Italian architect, furniture designer and industrial designer who lives and works in Milan. Citterio graduated in architecture at the Politecnico di Milano and since 1972 has worked for many leading manufacturers such as Ansorg, Arclinea, Axor-Hansgrohe, B&B Italia, Flexform, Flos, and Vitra a B&B Italia brand, is designed and coordinated entirely by Antonio Citterio. He has also been engaged in architectural works dealing with construction projects and interiors both in Italy and abroad. He holds lectures and conferences all over the world and his work has been extensively exhibited and published.

ALVAR AALTO

 Alvar Aalto, one of Finland’s greatest architects, made modernist masterpieces with a human touch. A towering figure of Modernist architecture,  Alvar Alto began his career in the ‘20s in what was then the newly-independent nation of Finland, helping define the style and aesthetic reputation of the rising Scandinavian nation. Aalto’s architectural creations, as well as his lighting, furniture and glassware, were total works of art, often Expressionist in style, imbued with a keen awareness for those who would live and work inside. "God created paper for the purpose of drawing architecture on it,” he said. “Everything else is at least for me an abuse of paper."

 

ARNE JACOBSEN

Arne Jacobsen is one of the grandfathers of modern Danish furniture and the minimalist Danish style. While Arne Jacobsen (1902-1971) was also a successful architect, he is best remembered for his simple, yet elegant and functional chair designs. The cooperation between Arne Jacobsen and  Fritz Hansen dates back to 1934. But it wasn't until 1952 that Jacobsen made a break-through: the Jacobsen Ant Chair.  The Jacobsen Series 7 chair quickly followed in 1955. This propelled Jacobsen and Fritz Hansen's names into furniture history. At the end of the 50s Arne Jacobsen was the lead architect for the Royal Hotel in Copenhagen, and designed the famous Egg Chair, the Swan Chair  and Series 3300 Chairs,  Arne Jacobsen was and is an admired and outstanding designer. While the significance of Arne Jacobsen's buildings was less appreciated, his furniture and other design work have become national and international heritage.

FRANCO ALBINI

Franco Albini was an Italian Neo-Rationalist architect and designer, renowned for merging modern minimalistic furniture design with traditional Italian craftmanship. in his creations he used raw, inexpensive materials. He had great success in the 1950’s where he created a range of distinguished furniture designs, including the famous and fashionable rattan chairs Margherita and Gala, both features as part of the permanent exhibition Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) in New York. Franco Albini obtained three Compasso D’Oro awards, the most prestigious Italian design prize.

NANNA DITZEL

In 1968 Nanna Ditzel moved to London where she established the Interspace International Furniture and Design Centre, an institution which developed a high reputation as a centre for experimental design. She returned to Denmark in 1986 and opened a combined design studio and furniture workshop in Copenhagen.The “Hanging Egg Chair” is a critically acclaimed design that has enjoyed praise worldwide ever since the distinctive sculptural shape was created by Nanna & Jørgen Ditzel in 1959. The Design of the “Hanging Egg Chair” has long since been dubbed timeless, whereas rattan had its golden age in the 1960’s when skilled wicker weavers and architects crafted beautifully sculptured furniture out of the challenging material.

VIGGO BOESEN

Viggo Boesen trained as an architect, and in the 1930’s he was one of the architects who introduced the new villa type in “Funkis-style” which was popular with a wider audience. Viggo Boesen is little known today but slowly his designs are becoming more and more known and popular around the world. His original furniture is being sold for unbelievable amounts in the worlds leading auction houses, in particularly his Little Petra.

DANNY FANG

Dutchman Danny Fang (1975) graduated from the renowned Design Academy Eindhoven in 1998. After working as a freelance designer and developing a project for fair trade in Kenya and Zimbabwe , he worked at the Dutch Institute of Applied Scientific Research for almost two years. From 2000-2006 Fang worked at Marcel Wanders Studio where he was responsible for the product department.  In 2007 Fang moved to Hong Kong where he set up Fang Studio Ltd. In 2008 he was elected by Perspective Magazine as one of the “40 under 40” talented and young individuals who lead Asia’s design industry.

KENNETH COBONPUE

Kenneth is a multi-awarded designer and is the creative director of Hive. He began his passage to design in 1987 studying Industrial Design at Pratt Institute in New York. Several of his designs were selected for the prestigious International Design Yearbook 2002, 2004, and 2005. The books "& FORK"(Phaidon) and "DESIGNNOW" (Tashen) underscore Kenneth's position as a leader of a new movement incorporating technology and craft.

CHRISTINE MANGVERRA

Christy is the design manager for Hive. She graduated with a Fine Arts degree from the University of the Philippines, and a Masters degree in Design Management from the University of New South Wales in Australia. Christy manages the whole spectrum of design development for HIVE from concept to working prototype. She also teaches Industrial Design at the University of the Philippines in Cebu.