Design Miami/ Basel Names 2008 “Designers of the Future”

100 chairs in 100 days.jpgTomorrow may be opening day of Milan’s Salone Internazionale del Mobile, but we’re already looking ahead to June, when Design Miami/ Basel will host its third global design extravaganza in Switzerland. The show will feature brand new work by each of the just announced winners of the 2008 Design Miami/ Designers of the Future award. Below, we offer a handy breakdown of the five chosen ones.

Martino Gamper

  • Born/works in: Merano, Italy/London
  • On the resume: Studied sculpture and product design in Vienna under the tutelage of such artists and designers as Michelangelo Pistoletto and Ron Arad; has designed for WMF, Villeroy & Boch, and Lavazza
  • Known for: Reworking discarded objects to create a disparate family of objects, site-specific installations, and special events
  • Recent project of note: “100 Chairs in 100 Days” (pictured above), which resulted in the creation of a series of hybrid seating creations fusing the different part of found chairs

    Max Lamb

  • Born/works in: Cornwall/London
  • On the resume: Worked as a design consultant for Ou Baholyodhin Studio in London, designing furniture, graphics, exhibitions, and private domestic interiors; has masters degree in design products from London’s Royal College of Art; spent a year designing for Tom Dixon Studio
  • Known for: Exploring and re-contextualizing both traditional and unconventional materials, celebrating their inherent properties, and exploiting their potential
  • Recent project of note: “Exercises in Seating,” which combines his fascination with the handmade and zest for Britain’s industrial heritage


    the catch.jpgJulia Lohmann

  • Born/works in: Germany/London
  • On the resume: Degree in graphic design from the Surrey Institute and MA in design products from the Royal College of Art; her work has been commissioned by the French National Art Collection, Galerie KREO in Paris, and the droog design group
  • Known for: Investigating the contradictions in our relationship to animals as sources of food and materials. By working with offal, leather bits, and other meat industry waste products, she probes those contradictions while “giving value to leftovers”
  • Recent project of note: “The Catch” (pictured at right), which forms a stormy sea out of empty used fish boxes, confronting visitors with the consequences of over-fishing and the heedless consumption of marine life

    Clemens Weisshaar & Reed Kram

  • Born/works in: Munich/Munich (Weisshaar), Columbus, Ohio/Stockholm (Kram)
  • On the resume: Weisshaar studied product design at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design and the Royal College of Art, spent three years as an assistant to Konstantin Grcic; Kram studied at Duke and MIT, where he was a founding member of the Media Lab’s Aesthetics and Computation Group
  • Known for: Expanding the intersection between architecture, industrial design, media design, and fashion
  • Recent project of note: “Breeding Tables,” which outlined the designers’ approach toward intelligently intertwining product development and media design, while taking advantage of the newest technological possibilities