Monica Armani

Italian architect and designer, Monica Armani began her professional career working with her father, rationalist architect Marcello Armani, who passed on to her a passion for designing and planning, an attention to detail, and an enthusiasm for exploring new ideas.

A very successful line of products, created in 1996, established Monica Armani as a trademark in the world of contemporary design. Since then, she works for the most important international design firms.

Rigorous design and engineering innovation mixed with a female and elegant touch give life to a unique and recognizable style to create spaces that can be contemporary and timeless at the same time.

Monica Armani

Brad Ascalon

Brad Ascalon is widely regarded as one of the leading American design voices of his generation. He earned a masters degree in industrial design from New York’s Pratt Institute in 2005; that same year he was recognized by Wallpaper* as one of the “Ten Most Wanted” emerging designers in the world. His eponymous design studio specializes in contract, hospitality and residential furniture, lighting, packaging, consumer products, environment design and development, as well as site-specific art installations and sound compositions. He has been featured in publications including Wallpaper*, The New York Times, Architectural Digest, Intramuros, Whitewall Magazine, Art Review, Esquire, Surface, Dwell, Interior Design, Objekt, Interni and Metropolis.

Brad Ascalon (Photo Credit: Steve Belkowitz)

Arthur Casas

Arthur Casas Matteo’s is a Brazilian architect, who graduated in Architecture and Urbanism at the Mackenz trolelie University of São Paulo, 1983. He heads the Studio Arthur Casas, with offices in São Paulo and New York City. The architect, together with his team at the studio, work in almost all areas of an architectural project from planning and implementation of constructions as much as interiors. From residential architecture to commercial and more recently, institutional, even the design of the furniture, establishing coherence between the space, objects and people. His architecture of interiors is known by its contrast between essential rationality and, through forms that are uniquely characteristic, projects that become identifiable and recognizable incorporated both in Brazil and abroad. They are highlights in his work, to his commitment to the environment, as much in the project itself as in the execution, always looking to make use of innovative techniques and recycled materials. Due to the quality of his work, Arthur Casas is recognized as one of the top architects in the world.

Arthur Casas (Photo Credit: Jonathan Chicaroni)

Gordon Guillaumier

Gordon Guillaumier was born in Malta and educated in Switzerland, England and Italy. He graduated in industrial design at the IED, Milan (1988-91) and later at the Domus Academy , Milan (1992) for his masters in industrial design.

In 2002 he set up his own design studio in Milan, working on product design, design consulting and interior design. As consultant and art director, he collaborated with: Driade (Atlantide and DHouse collections), bathroom accessories for Dornbracht Interiors, kitchens for Rational, furniture for Fiam’s Liv’it collection, and more recently art direction for Roda outdoor furniture, Pamar furniture handles and accessories and Ceramiche Piemme tiles.

As product designer, Gordon has worked for internationally renowned companies; ceramics and tableware for Bosa, Paola C and De Vecchi, furniture for Arketipo, CasaMilano, Ceramiche Piemme, Desalto, DeSede, Driade, FontanaArte, Frag, Matteo Grassi, Montina, Minotti, Moroso, Lema, Roda, Tacchini, Gebrüder Thonet Vienna and Varaschin, lighting for Foscarini, AV Mazzega and OLuce appliances for Elica, handles for Pamar, bathroom accessories for Nobili Rubinetterie, Azzurra Ceramiche, Kronos Ceramiche and Ceramiche Piemme.

His design studio has developed interior design commissions for private residential and contract projects, as well as exhibition designs for company clients at trade fairs or exhibitions; ”Pro-gettare”Abitare II Tempo, Verona (1999), Molteni Villa Torlonia (2002); Pamar, Palazzo Crivelli (2006/2013); Roda, Salone del Mobile Milano (2006/2016); Mondadori/Interni (2011/2013), Ceramiche Piemme (2016/2017).
Gordon has been invited to lecture at the faculty of industrial design at the Politecnico di Milano, Malta Design Week and Marangoni school of design.
His work is regularly featured in the international design press and has received recognition for his design works ; ADI design index (2007, 2011), Interzum Award (2011), Wallpaper Design Award (2014). Premio Compasso D’Oro XXIV (2016), ADI Ceramic Design Award (2016), Archiproduct Award (2016).

Gordon Guillaumier (Photo Credit: Andrea Basile)

Toan Nguyen

Toan Nguyen has developed multiple collections for Danao Living that will be launched shortly.

Toan Nguyen was born in Paris in 1969 and graduated in Industrial Design at ENSCI – Les Ateliers in Paris, in 1995. After various experiences in Paris and Barcelona, notably with Alberto Lievore, he moved to Milan pursuing his career with Antonio Citterio, where he became head of design and design partner, co-signing over ten years more than forty products for international brands like Axor-Hansgrohe, B&B Italia, Flos, Iittala, Kartell, Technogym and Vitra, amongst others, before founding his own design office in 2008. Immersed in Italian design culture for more than twenty years, he establishes a unique dialogue with brands, their processes and teams. With a resolutely multidisciplinary approach, today the office is focused on design in all its aspects, from product development to art direction, in partnership with leading international companies based in Europe, North America and Asia such as Dedon, Laufen, Fendi Casa, Coalesse, Studio TK, Vibia, Viccarbe, Walter Knoll, Lema, Busnelli amongst others. Toan Nguyen has received numerous awards for his designs, including Red Dot Design Award, Best of Neocon Award, Good Design Award, ISH Design Plus Award, the Archiproducts Design Awards first prize and recently, the Interior Design’s HiP Award.

Toan Nguyen (Photo Credit: Andrea Basile)

Colin Nourie

An Ohio native, Colin Nourie earned a bachelor of science in industrial design from Ohio State University. After more than a decade of independent design consulting, he founded the design firm Collective Ten in 2013. Mr. Nourie has designed several office furniture systems, casegood collections, lounge seating and dining collections for major brands such as Herman Miller, Geiger, Steelcase, Danao Living, as well as consumer products for Staples, and Proctor & Gamble. Many of his designs have earned several recognitions from GOOD Design, Best of NeoCon, the Spark Awards and the IDSA’s IDEA Awards. Today, Mr. Nourie serves as chief designer for Collective Ten continuing to partner with international clientele from their Cincinnati studio.

Colin Nourie

Marmol Radziner

Design Principal Ron Radziner, FAIA, and Managing Principal Leo Marmol, FAIA, founded Marmol Radziner in 1989 with a shared vision in mind – to unite building, landscape, interiors, and furnishings with a single modern viewpoint.

“Marmol Radziner’s approach toward design-build is rooted in a Modernist ideology that prizes quality, beauty, and efficiency,” says Leo.

Early in the company’s evolution the principals recognized that, to achieve the quality control they value, they needed a committed in-house team with a wide range of capabilities. Today, the architect-led design-build firm brings together architects, interior designers, landscape architects, construction crews, cabinet makers, metal fabricators, and carpenters all under one practice.

“One way Marmol Radziner connects an interior experience with the surroundings,” says Ron, “is by designing finely detailed furniture whose beauty lies partly in the expression of the materials and construction methods.”

Composed of rich materials like stainless and blackened steel, teak, walnut, and plush fabrics, Marmol Radziner Furniture include collections for indoor and outdoor living.

Marmol Radziner have designed the Desert and Onda Collections.

Marmol Radziner

Mario Ruiz

Mario Ruiz has developed multiple collections for Danao Living that will be launched shortly.

Spanish designer Mario Ruiz graduated in Industrial Design at Barcelona’s prestigious Design School, Elisava. He started his independent professional career in 1995 opening his own studio in Barcelona.

His skill and multidisciplinary experience in diverse fields have led him to work with over 120 leading companies worldwide; Siemens, Steelcase, Teknion, Offecct, Schiavello, lapalma, Thomson, Arflex, Haworth, Grundig, Palau, Gandia Blasco, Expormim, HBF, Metalarte, Joquer, B.lux… are among the many clients with whom Mario Ruiz has worked extensively. For some of these companies he doesn’t only undertake projects directly related to their products in different fields (domestic and office furniture, lighting, textile design, product design), but he also acts as creative director defining their product.

Mario Ruiz’s work has been acknowledged with more than 40 important awards. He has received numerous plaudits from Metropolis and Wallpaper Magazine, Best of NeoCon, Red Dot, IF, Design Plus and Delta.

In 2016, he received the prestigious National Design Prize, given by the King of Spain, Felipe VI and the Ministry of Economy.

From 1992 until 2002, Mario Ruiz was Professor of Industrial Projects at the Eina and Elisava design schools in Barcelona. He has also given numerous lectures in Tokyo, Singapore, New York, Dubai, London and Chicago.

Mario Ruiz

Ann Vering

With a hybrid portfolio of hotel design, furniture design and restaurant design, Ann uses a holistic and efficient approach to handcraft projects from concept to completion. With an education in architectural engineering coupled with an artistic background, she brings a unique understanding to each project. Instinct and perception are key traits upon which she relies. Every project and product development has a story and Ann likes to tell that story by merging the elements and variables into a successful outcome. She believes the best ideas are triggered by unexpected experiences and has lived in Mexico (to design Cabo Azul Resort), France (to write a book), Indonesia (for work sabbaticals), and Australia (to study abroad). Ann remains immersed in both fields of art and engineering, pulling influences from her extensive travels and keeping oath to originality and meaning.

Her work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, C Magazine and Architectural Digest. Each year, Ann takes on a select amount of design projects and/or furniture development for top clients.

Ann Vering