After achieving a B.SC. in mechanical engineering in England, Carsten Astheimer studied transportation design in Switzerland and the US. He subesequently managed multiple automotive and design projects with Pininfarina before creating Astheimer Studio where he directs a team with a wealth of design experience. Not influenced by any one style, but maintaining strong design principles, Carsten believes that design should play its part in acting responsibly towards sustainability.
These two Italian brothers form a formidable design team. Edi graduated as a technical interior and furnishing designer, while his brother Paolo also studied for a master in industrial design at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. In 1992 the two brothers began the activity of the associated Paolo and Edi Ciani office.
Fred studied design at the Rhode Island School of Design where he received both a Bachelors of Fine Arts and Bachelors of Industrial Design degrees, he then continued his training at Art Center College of Design in California. His furniture designs are characterised by clean timeless lines and comfortable proportions.
Henrik Pedersen runs a Danish design studio focussed on lifestyle-based design, ranging from furniture and lighting to projects for clothing and food packaging companies. Henrik says “In our design solutions we adopt an international approach since our market place often spans the world. Our clients are both Danish and international enterprises and from many different lines of business. An important aspect of our work is keeping up with market trends, and therefore travelling, exploring and being inspired by the moment are essential to being able to see beyond tomorrow.”
The John Caldwell Design Company has successfully expanded in its own right from the first commercial design sold by John at the age of 19. Always interested in using the latest light-weight, durable, and easy to clean materials for his outdoor lines, John Caldwell currently enjoys a successful, long term relationship with Gloster.
Mark Gabbertas is an award winning furniture designer based in London. An intrinsic part of Mark's design process is the belief that at all times, the design of an object is governed by an appreciation of commercial realities. He believes passionately that if a great design does not sell, perhaps it is not such a great design.
Custom building bunk-beds at a young age was just the beginning for Phillip Behrens. As a childhood interest became a passion due to span over 35 years, Phillip earned a mechanical engineering degree in the US. A subsequent 3 year woodworking apprenticeship in Germany ultimately lead to Phillip’s return to the US and the opening of his North Carolina design firm, Natura Designs.
Povl began gathering furniture design & production knowledge over two decades ago whilst working in his father’s furniture factory. Having furthered a significantly 'hands-on' early interest in furniture design, Povl studied and graduated in furniture design from the School of Architecture in Aarhus, Denmark in 1986.