Top 10 Interior Design Agencies and Studios
We put together a Top Ten list of a few of our favorite interior design agencies and studios from around the world. The list could act as a guide to put that perfect, comfy room together for yourself, or a client. Below is the list, in no particular order. You will find an example of each agency in the link to the left.
This Italian design agency creates furniture items that harmoniously combine practicality with aesthetic consciousness– particularly where books are concerned. The Bibliochase collection is by far their most inspiring and allows for owners to personalise their effects by storing up to 5m worth of their favourite books inside the chair, with the spines acting as interchangeable design details.
Valentin Loellman’s design studio sees the ‘birth’ of objects which, like children, adopt gestures and forms which are naturally revelatory of their creator, Loellman himself, but also partially inspired by those who share his atelier. The m.&mme collection shows a gradual evolution of style most easily recognised by the furniture’s long spindly legs which echo the designer’s long, thin frame.
This Norwegian design studio started small with a three piece desk set back in 2010. However, it was the utilisation of concrete – a material one would rarely think to use outside of the construction industry on account of its cold and uninviting nature – which made the pieces particularly striking. Bringing crude materials indoors seems to be Pettersen’s main objective as he uses materials on top of the concrete such as cast iron and aluminium, which he then balances through warm colours and fragile materials like glass to create simple but stunning designs.
This Dutch design duo draw much of their of inspiration from objects that are part of their daily routines which explains the practicality of their designs, for example the LED spot lights which are described as being the result of “irritation and necessity”. Credit should also go to them for their continued recycling of materials which has resulted in the likes of up-cycled furniture made from old pipes and tubes rescued from a building they owned before renovation work began.
Irish textile designer Claire O’Brien uses her natural flair and experience with knitted textiles to create a range of knit stools, chairs and benches in her studio in East London. The furniture, which is available in a fabulous array of cheerful colours (bright orange, warm yellows and varying shades of blue), is inspired by the different types of knitting stitches themselves. The pieces prove that knitting is much more than just an old-fashioned hobby for grandmas, but a playful method of structuring a functional object that oozes sensibility.
6. Patricia Urquiola, Studio Urquiola
Spanish designer Patricia Urqiola has won numerous awards for her designs throughout her career, designing for companies such as Baccarat, BEKO, Budro, Moroso and Coalesse to name but a few. Her natural and feminine approach to design is refreshing in an industry that she feels can sometimes seem dominated by masculine tendencies to monumentalise objects and use unnecessarily heavy materials such as marble. Having opened her own studio in Milan in 2001, Urquiola now collaborates with a whole host of different companies and has recently worked with Gan to produce a range of soft, ice-cream coloured poufs and rugs. These pieces can be arranged to create interchangeable compositions and ambiences giving clients the power to input their own creativity.
French-born, veteran designer Matali Crasset’s studio work will be part of the Galerie Slott’s Artdesign platform at this year’s contemporary art fair, Paris Art. Indeed it is getting exceedingly difficult to distinguish contemporary art from design and vice versa, and Crasset’s work is no exception to this new rule. Crasset’s 2010 piece Aequorea, which consists of a platform topped by an umbrella shaped structure known as a ‘corrolla’, is inspired by the fluid structure of jellyfish and childhood memories of building cubby holes to create an intimate, secret space.
Another Netherlands based company Studio Floris Wubben designs furniture that results in people viewing the works as sculptural objects as opposed to functional. The studio creates pieces that show how nature can be turned into a piece of furniture without losing respect for its natural beginnings, this being accomplished by using the minimum amount of human input. Check out the Living Light which uses a living flower with a hollow stalk to encase a lighting tube whilst still living and growing, as well as Bench No. which uses a striking wooden branch to shape and support the top of the bench. The latter was made using white polypropylene, folded like an accordion to created a beautiful undulating pattern.
9. Wolfs + Jung
This design duo, made up of South Korean designer, BoYoung Jung, and his Belgian partner, Emmanuel Wolfs, relocated in Summer 2008 to Beijing after being inspired by the the unleashing of optimism in the city and the subsequent rush of urban development. Their Nature V2.01 project (2006-2012), a collect of organically manufactured conceptual furniture, debates the correlation between humans, nature and industry in a world of genetically modified produce. Their latest project is on display at PAD until April 1.
10. Utopia & Utility
Brother and sister act Moritz and Pia Wustenberg make up another design duo who want to combine the functional with the fantastical. Their Stacking Vessels bring together three differently crafted vessels to create a functional sculpture. There are now several versions of the collection, including the India edition which was created for the Inspired by India auction at Sotheby’s and the Raku edition which uses Raku ceramics to create the bottom piece of the vessel, rendering each piece in this particular collection completely unique.
by Natassja Cole