INDIA MAHDAVI
 

Architect and designer, India Mahdavi is based in Paris.

Mahdavi graduated in architecture (DPLG - Paris), industrial design (Copper Union, NYC), graphic design (School of Visual Arts, NYC) and furniture design (Parson’s NYC). Mahdavi was born in Tehran to an Egyptian mother and an Iranian father. She shared her childhood between Cambridge (Massachusetts), Heidelberg (Germany), Vence and Paris. Her studio, created in 1999, is known for the diversity of its international projects which explore the fields of architecture, interior design, scenography, furniture and object design.

Her expanding success lead to Mahdavi working in contribution with Maja Hoffmann. Mahdavi’s holistic design sense is embodied in her use of colour, inspired by art and her environment, specifically, abstract prints and figurative motifs with pop accents reminicent of Las Cases, and her use of polychrome is influenced by cinema from her childhood. She made her professional debut with Christian Liaigre, of which she became the artistic director from 1990 to 1997. In 1999, she opened her own studio of creation, rue Las Cases in Paris. In 2003, she launched her first collection of furniture and inaugurated her showroom, 3 rue Las Cases. In 2012, she opened her “Petits Objets” shop, 19 rue Las Cases, a place to promote a palette of traditional craftsmanship and ancestral techniques as well as a “signature” colour chart.

 

 
 

MABEO FURNITURE
 

Peter Mabeo is the founder of Mabeo in Botswana, Africa. In 2006, following 10 years of making bespoke furniture for commercial customers in Botswana, he took initial steps towards creating a brand that would be the basis of realizing his aspirations of making interesting products in a meaningful way with a focus on quality, craftsmanship, design, sustainability, culture and people.

Under his direction, Mabeo furniture has ongoing collaborations with some of the most renowned international designers such as Calesson Koivisto Rune, Garth Roberts, Luca Nichetto, Patty Johnson, Patricia Urquiola and Studio Noi; as well as participation in highly regarded international design events such as Design Weeks of, Milan, London, Stockholm and at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York; where they have been honored with awards, such as Best Craftsmanship and Best Furniture. Mabeo products have received coverage in well-respected international publications including Elle Decor, Wallpaper, New York Times, Fast Company.

Based on his approach and achievements, Peter Mabeo has been invited to speak at international events and conferences, both in the areas of design as well as on development. He is also an advocate of development of good design as an effective tool for economic development, cultural relevance and self-expression, in the context of the rapid urbanization taking place in Botswana and on the African continent as a whole. As a result, ongoing relationships have developed with like-minded individuals and organizations such as Botswana International Trade Centre, United States Trade Hub, University of Botswana, Swedish Trade Council, various NGO’s, environmental sustainability organizations and small cooperatives.

 

 
 

TRENT JANSEN
 

Trent Jansen is a designer based in Thirroul, Australia, and Lecturer at the University of New South Wales Art & Design, Sydney Australia. Trent also lectures and holds workshops at various educational institutions in Australia and abroad.

Trent gained his PhD from the University of Wollongong under renowned Australian art historian Ian McLean, and his Bachelor of Design from the College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales in Sydney, spending a portion of his undergraduate degree in the Department of Art and Design at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada.

After a period working under Marcel Wanders in Amsterdam, Trent returned to Australia to set up a design studio in Sydney, before moving his practice to Thirroul on the New South Wales South Coast.

Trent Jansen applies his method of Design Anthropology to the design of products and furniture for manufacturers including Moooi, DesignByThem and Tait.

 
 

LA MANUFACTURE COGOLIN
 

A best-kept secret among today’s most sophisticated clients in search of exceptional craftsmanship and tradition, La Manufacture Cogolin has produced rugs of unrivaled elegance, hand-knotted or woven by local craftswomen on 19th Century looms in a small village near Saint-Tropez since 1924.

In 1928 visionary textile engineer Jean Lauer purchased the workshop that would become La Manufacture Cogolin. To the Manufacture’s production of hand-knotted rugs, Lauer added 19th Century Jacquard hand-weaving looms, which are still in use today. Each Cogolin rug was knotted or woven by local craftswomen whose skill, combined with Lauer’s groundbreaking innovations, helped propel the brand to international renown by the 1930s. Lauer’s expertise quickly made him a widely sought-after collaborator with many of Europe’s finest designers, such as Jules Leleu, Christian Bérard, Jean-Michel Frank, Sir David Hicks and even the artist Jean Cocteau.

The heir of an enduring cultural legacy, La Manufacture Cogolin and its talented artisans draw on the heritage of the past and innovations of the present. Its floral and geometric high-relief patterns and colourful palette remain as recognisable as ever, decorating palaces, embassies, luxurious residences and yachts around the world.

Each Cogolin rug is a unique piece crafted by artisans with exceptional expertise. Our handlooms, equipped with Jacquard mechanisms, date from the 1880s. The Jacquard mechanism, created in 1801, combines needles, cylinders and punch-cards which function like sheet music, guiding hooks that raise threads according to the placement of holes in the cards to create textured designs and elaborate patterns.

 
 

MARIE-VICTOIRE WINCKLER
 

Winckler has had an impressive entry to the artistic world stage. Following her extensive studies at various fine arts academies she graced the studios of prestigious furniture designer Cassina, Patricia Urquiola’s in Milan, and India Mahdavi.

Working alongside, arguably the two leading figures of today’s contemporary design, Winckler has accomplished incredible feats; her portfolio boasting a hand in the Mandarin Oriental in Barcelona, the Cloître in Arles, the Sketch in London, and furthermore work for high-end brands such as Louis Vuitton, Baccarat, and Petite Friture.

Winckler opened her own design studio in 2016 whereby her rich creative language is showcased in her output of contemporary designs and artistic works. The artist claims that “nothing has more soul, nobility and elegance than an object entirely made by a person” no doubt a belief indoctrinated by her being granddaughter to a artisanal craftsman and wool refiner.

ALM is happy to have shown the work of this talented young designer who offers an elegant yet simple approach to objects.

 

 
 
 

GABRIELE CORNI
 

Corni’s vast and impressive artistic portfolio; inclusive of oil painting, metal work, and sculpting; showcases his incredible perspective and flare which set him apart in the field of photography. His post production digital painting technique, homage to his original training in painting, enables him to enhance the plasticity of shape.

In addition to his career as an advertising photographer, he continues his artistic research by focussing on the human body. In "Adoperabili" (2009) he explores the female body as an object, while in the ongoing "Apnea" project, a series of portraits in water, the submerged human body becomes a metaphor for the apneas of everyday life.

Corni's images lead to many levels of sensory and intellectual investigation.

Works in the "Adoperabili" series have been purchased by the Boghossioan Foundation in Brussels. With "Apnea", he received the honorable mention at Codice MIA in 2016.