FDD 2001 Borås: In process

Katharine Hamnett

Legendary British fashion designer made her breakthrough in the early 1980s. Quickly made a name for herself as a rebel - invited to 10 Downing Street by Margaret Thatcher, she turned up wearing a T-shirt with the message “58% don’t want Pershing”. Since then she has...

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Cay Bond

Sweden’s best known trend analyst. Started the legendary fashion magazine CliC in the 1980s, and is one of the most famous trend and fashion spokesmen on Swedish TV. Currently engaged in research for the Promostyl trend institute in Paris. “THE FABRICS ARE...

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Clemens Thornquist

Design researcher and fashion designer – all in the same suit. Clemens Thornquist unites academy and art in his research. Equally at home in design circles in Borås, London and New York. Clemens Thornquists' fashion designs give birth to his design research. And the...

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Jonas Blanking

Industrial designer who received international recognition and success with his epoch-making urban rucksack, the Boblbee. Currently working on developing a similarly epoch-making retail concept that will enable products to be personalised. “A sustainable product has...

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Tyler Brûlé

Tyler Brûlé. The world’s most influential publicist. His magazines – Wallpaper, Line and Spruce – have changed the way we view trends in design, architecture, interior design, fashion and sport. Future trends according to Tyler Brûlé Butchers, bakers and...

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Patrick Whitney

Professor Whitney is Head of the Institute of Design, Illinois Institute of Technology. Was President Clinton’s advisor on design matters. Now busy with global research into cultural similarities and differences – and how these can be utilised in the design process....

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Nirvan Richter

Founder of the furniture company Norrgavel. Uses a characteristic design idiom and unique thinking to promote sustainability, presence and spirituality as values in an industry which normally looks to fast trends and skin-deep beauty. FIVE HUNDRED MEDITATED If anyone...

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Stefan Lindfors

The superstar of Finnish design who does everything from sculpture and interior design to industrial design and household products. A truly outspoken world celebrity in design circles. “FIND OUT HOW IT WORKS. THEN YOU CAN DO WHAT YOU WANT!” Stefan Lindfors, the super...

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FDD 2002 Borås: Design without boundaries

Patrick Whitney

Professor, Institute of Design Chicago Professor Patrick Whitney is the director at the renowned Institute of Design at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. He is a well known lecturer and design consultant. Professor Whitney was former president Clinton’s...

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John Pawson

Architect London The father of minimalism! Architect John Pawson has been constantly true to his architectural vision during a remarkably successful career. One of the world’s most famed architects, John Pawson has crossed the boundaries between commercial and...

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Karim Rashid

Designer NYC Superstar designer on the verge of becoming a house-hold name. Karim Rashid is not afraid to translate his world-changing ambitions into a wide range of objects and projects; from total makeovers to make-up packaging. From his New York studio, he takes on...

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Stefan Lindfors

Designer, artist Helsinki / NYC The star of Finnish design! Stefan Lindfors is a designer, an architect, an artist and a sculptor – all wrapped up in rock star packaging. With projects ranging from art installations at the Olympics to designin petrol cans for the...

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Tom Dixon

Designer / head of design, Habitat, London “Beware! Design is in danger of degenerating. Now that the D-word is being used as a point of difference by every car company and jeans manufacturer, it could soon become a derogatory term.” Tom Dixon is one of the most...

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Eero Miettinen

Senior design director, Nokia Helsinki Industrial designer Eero Miettinen (b. 1954) was awarded the Kaj Franck design prize in 2001. He has been a designer to Finnish automotive industry and in various high-tech companies. He has also been involved in the education at...

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FDD 2003 Borås: They said it couldn’t be done

Kym Barrett

Costume designer US Kym Barrett has created some of the most influential clothing styles in recent years. Her designs for The Matrix, The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions turned the eyes of the whole fashion world in her direction. The pictures of the...

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Sara Lüdtke

Designer and gallery owner Stockholm When there is no room, you have to create space! The Swedish Government puts huge sums into design. Despite this, young, not-yet-established designers still find it hard to keep their heads above water. Sara Lüdtke is a designer...

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Zandra Rhodes

Fashion designer UK I’M A ICONIC SURVIVOR In the sixties, Zandra Rhodes’ clothes were too extreme for the British “rag trade”. But that didn’t bother Zandra. She just shrugged and opened her own boutique in London, and went on to become Britain’s fashion icon. Then,...

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FDD 2004 Stockholm: FEAR

Claudy Jongstra

Fashion and interior designer The Netherlands Claudy Jongstra (b. 1963), from the Netherlands, is a highly esteemed designer. Her felt textiles are among the most creative and distinctive ever seen. With their rough, yet sophisticated aura, her works are unique. They...

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Carol Wells

Art historian and Curator USA The Center for the Study of Political Graphics The Center for the Study of Political Graphics (CSPG) collects, preserves and exhibits political posters - graphic art from the social movements that bring about changes in society; art that...

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Rachel Cooper and Mike Press

Rachel Cooper Professor UK Mike Press Professor UK Design Against Crime The research programme, Design Against Crime (DAC) develops and improves the efficacy of crime-preventive design. It creates an understanding for how design can prevent crime, and helps designers...

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Dirk Wynants

Designer and manufacturer Belgium Dirk Wynants (b. 1964) is the son of a cabinetmaker, which might have had some bearing on his successful career. In 1994, when he was in his thirties, he started Extremis, which he still owns and runs. Extremis designs and...

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Fredrik Magnusson

Creative director Sweden Propeller Fredrik Magnusson studied at Konstfack (University College of Arts, Crafts and Design, Stockholm) and Art Center College of Design (Pasadena, USA). He graduated in 1995, and then went on to work as a designer at Electrolux. This gave...

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George Sowden

Industrial designer Italy / UK George Sowden (b. 1942) began his career in the 70s as a designer for the Italian electronics giant, Olivetti, where he designed some of the first computers. And it was there that Sowden’s really began to focus on electronics products....

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Hani Rashid

Architect USA Hani Rashid received his MA (Architecture) from the Cranbrook Academy of Art in 1985. By 1989 he was already working as a teacher at the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, where he was also a leading researcher in architecture linked to...

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Inga Sempé

Designer France France's hottest designer Inga Sempé (b. 1968), who designs lamps and furniture, achieved a complete breakthrough at last year's Milan Furniture Fair, where her wilful Brosse shelf was shown. The shelf, which has 'curtains' made of bristles from...

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Kirsti Paakkanen

Managing director and design manager Finland Despite strongly worded warnings against buying Marimekko, Kirsti Paakkanen decided to take over the tottering company in 1991. What she has since achieved is almost beyond compare. Marimekko, which was founded in 1951 by...

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Massimo Morozzi

Industrail designer Italy Massimo Morozzi was born in Florence, but he lives and works in Milan. As a young man, in the 60s and 70s, he was a prime mover in the Italian anti-design movement and one of the prominent figures in the Archizoom Group. He was subsequently...

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Phil Thornton

Author, DJ, journalist, lecturer UK They say that "Clothes make the man." The question is whether fashionable brands like Henry Lloyd, Hugo Boss, Stone Island, Evisu, Lacoste, Burberry and Y3 will endorse that saying. For these are some of the favourite brands of...

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Piers Roberts

UK Designersblock Designersblock was founded in 1998 in London by Piers Roberts and Rory Dodd, with the idea of presenting new, interesting designers from all over the world. Designers who enjoy themselves - not by refining design for Snob Street, but by being...

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Simonetta Carbonaro

Consultant Simonetta Carbonaro (b 1954) is a psychologist and author of numerous articles and essays on the subject of consumer psychology, strategic design and "customer relationship design". She is member of the scientific steering committee at the Postgraduate...

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To22

Todd Bracher UK Efe Buluc Turkey Mark Goetz USA To22 consists of designer Todd Bracher, who lives in London; designer/filmmaker Efe Buluc, who resides in Istanbul, and designer Mark Goetz, who is based in New York. Goetz's earlier work includes the Aside chair...

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Tom Dixon

Designer UK Tom Dixon, who was born in Tunisia, moved to England at the age of four. His artistic career got off to an unusual start when, following two motorcycle accidents - one six months after starting at Chelsea Art School - he used much of his convalescence to...

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FDD 2005 Stockholm: SHIFT

Andy Chen

Media strategist and analyst USA “As you know, human civilisation is currently undergoing a digital revolution that is redefining the way we communicate and consume. It is truly a revolutionary experience, with tectonic changes in human behaviour and interaction.”...

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Arkadius

Designer Poland / UK “Dare to be different” is the philosophy behind everything the Polish-born designer Arkadius Weremzcuk, universally known as Arkadius, produces. The way he realised his ambition to become a designer was fully in line with his philosophy. The...

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Fabio Novembre

Architect Italy Italian Fabio Novembre is one of the new favourites of the design world, and the man behind the enormous success of the mosaic tile manufacturer Bisazza. The bold and provocative interior designs he produced as Creative Director of the company made the...

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Gert Volker Hildebrand

Industrial designer Germany Gert Volker Hildebrand has been a respected name in the car industry for decades, having worked on assignments for Volkswagen, Seat, Opel and Mitsubishi. And his reputation received a further boost when, in 2001, he was invited to head a...

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Ilse Crawford

Author, designer and founder of Elle Decoration UK Ilse Crawford, who has been predicting design trends for more than a decade, now runs her own design studio – Studioilse. And it is Studioilse that lies behind one of the hottest spots in the Big Apple – Soho House...

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Jakob Trollbäck

Graphic designer and CEO USA / Sweden “Growth is not an end in itself. I only expand when I encounter real talent.” The recruitment philosophy of Jakob Trollbäck of Trollbäck & Company, with offices in New York and Los Angeles, is more a question of desire and...

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Johan Forsberg

Marketing man Sweden The LunarStorm portal is a phenomenon in Sweden. In a country with less than nine million people, LunarStorm receives more than 360,000 visitors a day and has over 1.2 million members, making it the most visited virtual community in Sweden. In...

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Lara Bohinc

Designer What have Gwen Stefani, Britney Spears, Lucy Liu, Mary J Blige, Björk, Cameron Diaz and Kate Moss got in common, apart from being famous? Yes, they all wear acessories designed by Lara Bohinc, one of the world’s foremost jewellery designers and the new design...

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Naoto Fukasawa

Designer Japan When the Managing Director of Muji first saw Naoto Fukasawa’s prototype of a CD player in 1999 he was immediately interested. Its design reminded him of an old Japanese transistor radio from the 60s. He thought that the CD player would represent a new...

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Nicole Lazzaro

Designer and researcher USA The uncrowned queen of computer games is Nicole Lazzaro. The trail-blazing results of her research project “Why We Play Games; 4 Keys To More Emotion Without Story” changed for ever the way that computer games are designed. Lazzaro is...

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Hans Stråberg and Henrik Otto

Hans Stråberg CEO Electrolux Sweden Henrik Otto Senior Vice President Global Design, Electrolux Sweden It was not so long ago that Electrolux decided to change its product development process and obtain more information on consumer needs. This was not an especially...

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Julian Roberts and Sophie Cheung

Julian Roberts Designer, Film-maker, Professor of Fashion UK Sophie Cheung Designer, Film-maker, Fashion Tutor UK Julian Roberts left school at 16 to study fashion. Today he and his constant companion, Sophie Cheung, are a highly esteemed teaching duo. Roberts took up...

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Satyendra Pakhalé

Designer India Satyendra Pakhalé (b. 1967) Industrial designer, describing himself as a ‘Cultural Nomad’. After completing his Master of design in India and Advanced product Design in Switzerland, he initially worked at Philips (The Netherlands) for a short time....

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Stephan Hamel

Marketing and design consultant Italy Italian Stephan Hamel was born in Bangkok and spent his first years in Thailand. So with an Italian mother and a father who was half Austrian, half Russian, he gained a good insight into different cultures as a natural part of...

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Thomas Meyerhoffer

Industrial designer Sweden / USA “Which is why I think that the designer must have a seat on the Board, and be in direct contact with the company’s managing director, just the way we did at Apple.” Those words are Thomas Meyerhöffer’s, and anyone with the slightest...

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FDD 2006 Stockholm: share – the power of collaboration

Light Now

Paul Cocksedge

[UK] A rising star Paul Cocksedge, at the present one of Britain’s most talked-about designers, made an acclaimed performance together with Swarovski at the Milan Furniture fair in April. A gleaming drapery consisting of 1440 Swarovski-crystals, in combination with a...

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Marcus Fairs

[UK] Moderator A furniture design graduate, Marcus began his journalism career writing for publications including Blueprint, The Guardian, The Independent on Sunday and Conde Nast Traveller. He launched icon, the international architecture and design magazine, in...

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Monica Förster

[SWE] Designer Monica Förster is one of Sweden’s most internationally renowned designers, and works worldwide with clients like Poltrona Frau, Tacchini, Modus, E&Y Japan, Offecct and Swedese. Her work is categorized by a strong sense of pure form combined and...

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Rikard Eduards

[SWE] Marketing manager, Parans Solar Lighting Parans is a promising cleantech company which has developed a revolutionary technology that leads natural sunlight indoors through fiber optic cables, which dramatically reduces the need for electric lighting. Parans is...

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Sandra Edberg

[SWE] Lighting Designer of Ljus & Gestaltning AB, Sweden Sandra Edberg is an educated electrical engineer, specialised in industrial design. She also studied art, and then lighting design at KTH School of Technology and Health. Ljus & Gestaltning AB is a...

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Moritz Waldemeyer

[UK/GER] Jack-of-all-trades, design wizard and boundary-breaker Widely recognised as one of the most innovative and exciting designers of his generation. He has created LED-integrated costumes for the indierock-band OK Go, interactive mirrors for Selfridges Wonder...

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Ingo Maurer

[GER] The king of light To call him the king of lighting design is probably an understatement; during his 40-year career more than 200 unique products have been designed in Ingo Maurer’s studio in Munich. His style and technique has always been as trendsetting as it...

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Marnick Smessaert

BELGIUM Marnick Smessaert knows how to stand out from the crowd on the European lighting scene. He created DARK as recently as 2001, but by following his heart and his gut feeling he has already placed his company on the global market. DARK is currently available...

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Marcus Fairs

UK A furniture design graduate, Marcus began his journalism career writing for publications including Blueprint, The Guardian, The Independent on Sunday and Conde Nast Traveller. He launched ICON, the international architecture and design magazine, in 2003, and edited...

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Jan Ejhed

SWEDEN Jan Ejhed, architect SAR/SIR/SA, is professor of lighting and head of the Lighting Laboratory at KTH (Royal Institute of Technology), Campus Haninge, Stockholm. He is also a researcher, lighting designer and light fitting designer. His light fittings can be...

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Magnus Wästberg

SWEDEN Wästberg is a lighting manufacturer founded in Sweden by Magnus Wästberg. Although Wästberg is a new company, Magnus has a significant experience from growing up and working in the lighting business. Wästberg will develop, manufacture and market a new type of...

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James Irvine

UK / ITALY James Irvine was born in London in 1958. Graduated in 1984 at the Royal College of Art, London. The same year he moved to Milan Italy. From 1984 to 1992 he was a design consultant for Olivetti design studio Milan designing industrial products under the...

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Vesa Honkonen

FINLAND Vesa Honkonen works in his own offices in ­Helsinki and Stockholm in the field of architecture, lighting design, interior design and design. From 1993 until 1998 he worked with Steven Holl in New York and Helsinki as Kiasma’s project architect. The...

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Alexander Lervik

Alexander Lervik was born in Stockholm, Sweden in 1972. He has studied product and interior design at Beckmans School of Design (1995-1998) and he is represented at the renowned National Museum in Stockholm, Sweden, Nasjonal museum in Oslo, Norway and at the Röhsska...

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Next Textile

Delia Dumitrescu

Delia Dumitrescu is an architect and has a MA in textile design. As a PhD-student at the Swedish School of Textiles, her interest is to combine the design of the textile surface together with electronics, in order to create interactive architectural environments.

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Anna Persson

Anna Persson has a MSc in applied information technology and is a PhD-student at The Swedish School of Textiles. As an interaction designer she combines computation and textiles to explore expressional possibilities of smart textiles, especially visual and tactile...

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Joseph Merola

CEO, International Fibre Centre (IFC) IFC is the only organisation in Australia that provides funding for skills and knowledge development specifically for the textile and fibre industry. IFC has a strong focus on bridging the gap between the training services...

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Dr Olga Troynikov

RMIT University Dr Olga Troynikov is a Senior Lecturer and Post Graduate Program Director at School of Fashion and Textiles, RMIT University. RMIT is the Global University of Technology with 70,000 students, 26,000 of which are studying overseas and 4 campuses in...

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Jo-Ann Kellock

Executive Director Council of Textile and Fashion Industries of Australia (TFIA) TFIA is the peak industry representative body of Australia's textile, clothing, footwear and fashion industries. Membership is open to all companies engaged in the manufacture or design...

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Hedvig af Ekenstam

Industrial Designer “The general view on textile as a material, is obsolete”, says Hedvig af Ekenstam who recently graduated from Konstfack (University College of Arts, Crafts and Design), Industrial Design. “During my years of studying at Konstfack in Stockholm, and...

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Gerrit-Willem Prins

Commercial Director Lumalive, Philips Technology Incubator Philips Lumalive is a new venture, founded 1st July 2007, which aims to bring a woven LED communication platform to market by engaging messages to consumers. Philips Lumalive has been in business with sales...

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Shop Talk

Camilla Norrback

Promising designer who focuses on ecoluxury Camilla Norrback has a passion for ecology and people: “We think ecologically and ethically. The modern-day luxury is wearing clothes that are not harmful to your body, your conscience or the environment. Our guiding...

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Anne Hesselgren

Entrepreneur and retail training consultant Anne Hesselgren runs Kom!, Kommunikation & Merchandising, a company that is in the business of quickly increasing retail sales and profitability through better planning, displays and communication. Anne is also a...

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Joakim Forss

Marketing Manager, K-rauta Joakim Forss, who originally comes from Finland, has studied at Svenska Handelshögskolan (Swedish School of Economics and Business Administration). Joakim was previously Marketing Manager of Marbodals Private Labels, where his achievements...

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Dennis Paphitis

Founder of Aesop. “Solid science, uncomplicated packaging, and an unwavering sense of humour.” Aesop is something of a cult brand, highly regarded for its skin, hair and body range, and for the unorthodox way in which it conducts itself in an industry that all too...

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Bernadette Schillings

Ensemblier Décorateur. Expected tomorrow - stores experiences. Bernadette Schillings is one of the leading shop interior designers in Sweden. Her clients include NK, H&M, KF, Telia Sonera, Lindex and Nordiska museet. She also lectures on Shop Design &...

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Artur Moustafa

MD, Vujj BWhy, in the year 2008, do we continue stuffing our wallets with huge wads of receipts? How can mobile phone technology be used to chart our buying patterns - receipts, bank balances, points, eco-footprints and so on? Artur Moustafa, one of our distinguished...

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David Carlson

Having worked with design as a competitive ‘weapon’ for twenty years David Carlson is renowned for his knowledge of strategies in design and brand development. His on-line trend report titled the David Report offers cutting-edge critical thought. He is the founder of...

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Gaming & Architecture

Åsa Roos

Avalanche Studios Åsa Roos is a game designer with an industrial designer background. She's been working in the games business since 2000, and has a background as a level designer, game designer and project manager in different companies, among others Unique...

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Anders Rydell

Forum AID Anders Rydell (Stockholm) is a writer at Forum AID, and editor specialized in future and innovation issues at Bon Magazine. He’s also freelancing for, among others, Dagens Nyheter, Fokus and Din Teknik. In October he will publish his first book “Byt namn! –...

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Tor Lindstrand

School of Architecture, Royal Institute of Technology Tor Lindstrand (Stockholm) is an architect active in his own office Larsson, Lindstrand and Palme and founder of International Festival together with choreographer Mårten Spångberg. Tor Lindstrand is an Associate...

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Britta Holmblad

White Arkitekter Britta is an architect at White in Stockholm. In her report “Learning from Second Life” (a parallel to “Learning from Las Vegas” by Venturi) she looks into the architect’s role in virtual worlds. The report also brings up issues like symbolism and...

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Joakim Svärling

DICE DICE (EA Digital Illusions Creative Entertainment) is one of the world's foremost game studios, and an award-winning developer of interactive entertainment based in Stockholm, Sweden. The company has 270 employees and develops games on most platforms. DICE is the...

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Raw Ideas

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Mårten Jansson

Omvärldsredaktör Mårten Janson arbetar som omvärldsredaktör på Riksutställningar. Omvärldsredaktionen håller koll på utvecklingen inom utställningsmediet internationellt - det kan handla om trender, teknikutveckling, ny forskning med mera. Han är redaktör för...

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Barbro Lomakka

Textilformgivare Textilformgivare av mattor, ljudabsorberande strukturer för offentlig och privat miljö. Verksam i Visby på Grasp Studio och har sedan tio år arbetat med den gotländska /svenska ullfibern i sina kollektioner. Textilierna produceras i en kombinerad...

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Björn Florman

Materialbiblioteket Materialbiblioteket är ett showroom och en professionell resurs för yrkesverksamma inom design, arkitektur eller produktutveckling.  Materialbiblioteket ger information om material och tillverkningsmetoder i ett tidigt skede av designprocessen....

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Kai Marklin

Generalsekreterare Sveriges Stenindustriförbund Kai Marklin är Generalsekreterare i Sveriges Stenindustriförbund samt Utvecklingsledare vid Göinge Utbildningscenter, Stenforsaskolan, som ligger i Sibbhult och i Östra Göinge kommun. Inom ramen för gymnasieskolans...

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Lise Langseth

VD Svensk Betong Svensk Betong är sedan våren 2010 en sammanslagning av branschföreningarna Svenska Fabriksbetongföreningarna och Betongvaruindustrin. VD är Lise Langseth.  Svensk Betongs uppgift är att tydliggöra betongens fördelar i ett hållbart byggande – såväl...

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