Originally from Canada, Tobias Wong (b.1974) studied art at Cooper Union in New York City, where he graduated in sculpture. Veering across disciplines and materials, Wong has created an oeuvre that is immediately accessible, yet contentious. He pursues his own brand of conceptualism, the self coined “Paraconceptual,” and “Postinteresting,” and uses design as a medium, as he says, to expose the similarities between art and design, rather than to blur their boundaries.
Producing work more often for high design showrooms than art galleries, Wong has received a glut of editorial praise in glossy design magazines that highlight the beauty of his objects, the cleverness of his actions, and ironically, Wong as an enfant terrible. Wong is the first to note that his work “continually questions the notion of authorship, the role of the artist and the value of art. [I am] uncomfortable with uniqueness and preciousness as well as ownership.” Wong’s work is available and exhibited on an international level, from Colette in Paris to Comme des Garçons in Tokyo, Paul Smith in London to the MoMA in Berlin, Art Basel in Miami and at New York’s Cappellini, Cooper Hewitt and the like…
After meeting at St. Martins in 1995 and a fruitful period of acting as sparring partners, Patrik Fredrikson and Ian Stallard officially founded FredriksonStallard in 2005. Coming from the seemingly disparate worlds of crafts based ceramics and product design, they now share a common platform. Together they create a world populated by objects that possess a stark and wondrous beauty.
As we penetrate ever deeper into the digital age, we are leaving behind modernisms driving imperative – mass production by industrial means. The new age is a more fluid, more transient one, and it is in need of typologies that reflect these new parameters. Form and function have long ceased to be valid guidelines for designers working in a world overflowing with objects that do everything for us and yet are completely devoid of meaning. It is against this backdrop that FredriksonStallard’s work should be viewed.
Cory Ingram designer, artist and entertainer is a native Texan living and working in New York. Long interested in found objects his work combines and contrasts consumerism and retail presentation with social topicality. Cory Ingram attended University of North Texas and graduated with a degree in fine art. His work has been curated by the Dallas Museum of Art’s Susan Weaver and The Nasher Sculpture Centre. He has worked in conjunction with most of the leading global fashion brands, and the sensibilities of this world are finely mixed with his own perceptions of them to create objects that question the role of brands and consumerism in our lives.
The unique partnership between New York-based industrial designer Bradley Price and Toronto-based industrial designer Joel Yatscoff is based on a friendship. Their collaboration, which began when working together as interns at Karim Rashid Inc., has developed into a young and energetic business venture alongside their individual careers in product design, furniture design, and branding. Their mission is to contribute to the rebirth of a design culture in North America through innovative, intelligent design that is progressive and optimistic in outlook. NYTO seeks to conceive products that earn their right to exist because they reward both user and manufacturer alike. These ideals are built upon a solid intellectual foundation, encompassing a rational approach to problem solving, an understanding of manufacturing processes, and the power of brand.
About Bradley Price
Bradley Price is a product and furniture designer living in New York City. Born in Chicago, he attended University of Michigan, graduating in 2003 with a BFA in Industrial Design and a BA in History of Art. While at the University, Bradley worked as an intern at the Krups design studio in Caen, France, as well as for Karim Rashid in New York. He was a recipient of the IDSA student merit award in 2003. After graduation, Bradley worked for over three years as a designer in the Arnell Group Innovation Lab. More recently, Bradley was the winner of the 2007 Prototype Award for best design, presented by Knoll at the Toronto Interior Design Show.
About Joel Yatscoff
Joel Yatscoff is a Toronto-based product designer. Originally from Beaumont, a small French Community in Alberta, he later studied at the University of Alberta and received his Bachelor of Design with Distinction in 2003. Currently working in a product development consultancy in Toronto, Joel has also interned at Karim Rashid in New York City in 2002. He has been recognized nationally and internationally for his roles as a freelance, collaborating, and supporting designer by the Chicago Athenaeum Good Design Award, IDEA and Conduit National Design Competition. Joel is also pursuing post-graduate studies in design management at Ryerson University.
Joe Gebbia is a designtrepreneur who’s work is broad and eclectic, crossing over disciplines such as industrial design, print, and web-based experiences. The hybrid creative joins his creations together with an enthusiasm to regard things in ways that aren’t immediately obvious.
Born in 1981 in Atlanta, Joe’s lifelong fascination for art and design led him to the Rhode Island School of Design where he honed his conceptual skills, garnering degrees in product design and graphic design. His creative pursuits were complimented via business coursework at Brown University and MIT, preparing him for the launch of his first product, CritBuns. The uniquely shaped seat cushion combines a form, function, and language inspired during an uncomfortable art critique, or ‘crit’, while at RISD.
The curvaceous foam object led him to question the role of materials in design, and the idea of ‘intellectual ecology” – how to do good through design while still providing a platform for function and commentary. The manifestation of this concept takes the form of Ecolect – a database allowing other designers to discover and find inspiration in alternative materials.
In his collaboration with CITIZEN:Citizen, Joe’s work extends this thread, on a path that is concerned with ideas and their manifestation in objects. Joe’s first project with CITIZEN:Citizen, the “Untitled” series, can be seen as a variety of things – an intervention into the manufacturing process, environmental recontextualization of objects and a work of art. To the user, the books are uniquely one-of-a-kind, blank canvases to fill with their own values, creativity, and commentary on what constitutes art and design.
Jimmyjane is a design-oriented lifestyle and accessories brand that makes everyday a little bit sexier by emphasizing the provocative potential in each person and their lifestyle.
Combining sophisticated design, quality, and a healthy dose of wit, Jimmyjane creates luxurious products that range from a limited edition 24K gold-plated vibrator to a threesome of interrelated fragrances designed to intrigue and seduce. By upgrading and diversifying this neglected category, Jimmyjane radically changes the context in which these products are conceived, purchased and experienced.
Ethan Imboden, Founder, CEO, and Creative Director, offers a rare combination of technical savvy, aesthetic sensitivity, and business acumen. Imboden has had more than 7 years of product development experience with some of the world’s top design firms. Under the auspices of the Arnell Group, Ecco Design, Frog Design, Alchemy Labs and Plink, Imboden has designed for such diverse clients as Herman Miller, Nike, Ford, and Motorola. His talents have not gone unnoticed – Imboden has received 8 ID, IDSA, AIGA, and Good Design awards in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the field of design. Imboden earned his BSEE from Johns Hopkins University and his Masters in Industrial Design from Pratt Institute.
Philip Wood is the founder and creative director of CITIZEN:Citizen. He is a designer, business owner and curator. He trained in the traditions of English cabinet making and opened his first business at the age of twenty four which, over an eight year period, built up to 20 staff in two locations. Wood’s interests lay in translating traditional crafts through contemporary design. As well as designing, manufacturing and retailing furniture, he built up his own fashion retail business and lectured at universities in the UK.
His thoughts in and around craft, design, art and commerce have been developing ever since his move to America in early 2004. His interests in progressing ways of seeing and communication through objects developed into his latest venture CITIZEN:Citizen
CITIZEN:Citizen produces artist’s and designer’s work under license and distributes to fashion, contemporary design and museum stores. The limited edition work is further sold through art advisors, private clients and museums.
CITIZEN:Citizen curates and produces work that borrows from both the art and the design worlds, work that is exquisitely crafted and idea based. The pieces reflect an interest in how objects are valued, and how objects are vessels for ideas and reflections of cultural preoccupations. He has successfully brought to market a significant brand whilst authoring a new genre of work that doesn’t easily conform to existing markets.
Based Upon was established in 2004 by twin brothers Richard and Ian Abell. They and their team of artists create work ranging from its own limited edition furniture collections such as Based Upon My School, to large art commissions. Based Upon has also created a collection of one-off furniture pieces for private clients and has a range of unique specialist finishes for the interior design market.
Based Upon’s client list includes: Comme des Garçons, Donna Karan, Nobu, Gordon Ramsay, Fortnum & Mason, and Langham Hotels. Based Upon’s private clients include some of the UK’s richest and most famous.
Based Upon’s work is frequently driven by narrative, by the story something tells, whether it be the marks in the school desks made by different territorial children desperate to make the desk their own, or questioning our notions of private and public property.