Michael Thonet (1796 – 1871) was a German-Auastrian cabinet maker. He is the inventor of Chair No. 14, better known as Konsumstuhl Nr. 14, and it is considered to be the “chair of chairs”. Over 50 million were sold before the start of the Second World War. The chair won the gold medal at the 1867 Paris World Fair.
Ib Kofod Larsen
Ib Kofod Larsen (1921-2003) was Danish designer for G-Plan, a pioneering range of furniture in the United Kingdom, produced by E Gomme Ltd of High Wycombe. One of his most famous works is Elizabeth Chair, designed for Queen Elisabeth, in 1956.
Werther Toffoloni was born in Udine, Italy in 1930 and studied in Venice. The essence of all his designs have consistently realized the ideal fusion between the aesthetic and design, which maintain balance in not only in production processes, but also in between uses and the environments for which the products are intended for. This has been the single most dominant ideal of his work since the beginning of his design career. Toffoloni has clearly been influenced by the theories of Bauhaus and the research of “gute forme”, which were strongly emphasized during his professional training.
Claudio Dondoli & Marco Pocci
Originally from Colle d’Elsa, Dondoli and Pocci met in Florence at the university faculty of architecture where they were part of the same team. In 1983 they opened an industrial planning and architecture studio, which from 1989 has been working exclusively on industrial design. The “Archivolto” studio has been working with Pedrali for many years; the “Ice” chair, the “Gliss” chair and the “Smart” chair have had great success.
Toan Nguyen was born in Paris in 1969 and graduated in Industrial Design at ENSCI-Les Ateliers in Paris in 1995. He gained experience in several design studios in Paris, Barcelona and Milan. Having collaborated with Antonio Citterio for ten years as design director and design partner and signing products for many brands such as B&B Italia, Flos, Fusital, Guzzini, Potocco, Kartell, Skantherm or Vitra, Toan Nguyen founded his own design studio based in Milan in 2008.