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Publication Date: 2016-01-01

Behind the Design

10 Product Designers to Know in 2016

With a mix of high-end creations including handcrafted wood furniture, metal-framed masterpieces, elegant lighting and more, these are 10 standout product designers you need to know this year.


Growing up in a family of Bauhaus architects, Guideline managing director Christoph Karl was born to be a master craftsman. His firm uses 3D technology and up-to-date techniques to create contemporary chairs and tables that still resonate with tradition.

Based in her hometown of Los Angeles, Natasha Baradaran fuses European design, Middle Eastern artistry, and the laidback luxury of California living. In 2014, she released her namesake capsule furniture collection, with another eagerly awaited this year.

With backgrounds in architecture, industrial design, and fashion, Gabriel Kakon and Scott Richler have been designing furniture for over a decade. Four years ago, they brought their chic line of lighting and occasional tables to the retail and commercial markets with Gabriel Scott.

Founded in 2002 by husband-and-wife team William Stuart and Barbara Ruckert, Costantini Design produces high-end furniture and lighting in a family-owned facility in Buenos Aires. Their work has been featured in Architectural Digest and Interior Design magazine.

At Tom Faulkner’s workshops in Wiltshire, England, a team of craftsmen create his handmade metal furniture with precision and minimal ornamentation. Dining tables and chairs, together with coffee, console and side tables, form the core of the collection, which also includes lighting and accessories.

A former fashion designer and founder of Brett Design, Brett Beldock has developed a sophisticated line of wallpaper, a New York-inspired rug line, and a line of innovative furniture. Her interior design work ranges from sprawling homes in Palm Beach to townhouses in Harlem.

A self-taught furniture and lighting designer, Brandon Morrison and his wife Sundeep opened the whyrHymer showroom in LA nearly five years ago to great acclaim. Today, whyrHymer produces handcrafted seating, lighting, and tables.

Inspired by simple design aesthetics and the fascinating stories behind vintage military fabrics, Stephen Kenn created his Inheritance Collection in 2011. Since then, he released his Encounter Collection and continues to design with sustainable materials and responsible manufacturing.

Uhuru is a multidisciplinary design studio merging avant-garde design with a commitment to environmental sustainability. The company’s furniture has been internationally recognized, with pieces in the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Brooklyn Museum of Art.

With a background in set design, Ames Ingham assisted interior design legends like Suzanne Rheinstein and Joe Nye before launching her namesake boutique in West Hollywood. Today, she creates her own custom lighting pieces, including pendants, table lamps, and sconces.


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