David Adjaye

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David Adjaye is recognised as one of the leading young architects of his generation in the UK. He formed a partnership in 1994 and quickly built a reputation as an architect with an artistry vision. The architectural community and the wider public have a high regard for his bespoke design, ingenious use of materials, and showcasing light.

He reformed his studio in 2000 as Adjaye/Associates and he has gone on to win a number of prestigious commissions. He understands his status as a role model for young people and lectures frequently. In 2001/2002 he presented lectures at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, Architectural Association, the Royal College of Art, Cambridge University, Universidad de Luisdad in Lisbon, and Cornell. In 2003, speaking engagements included Yale University, Art Center College of Design, Los Angeles and Tate Liverpool. Currently he is a unit tutor at the Architectural Association. He has been a lecturer at the Royal College of Art where he received his MA in Architecture in 1993. That same year he was awarded the RIBA First Prize Bronze Medal. He has trained at David Chipperfield Architects and Eduardo Souto de Moura Architects.

Julie Linke Bank

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Copenhagen born Jule Linke Bank gained her Diploma in Architecture from The Royal Danish Art Academy 2002. She has worked in various constellations in collaboration with architects, designers and artists with projects spanning from very small design scale to urban development strategies. Her jewellery collection, “ju li ba” was launched in 2002 and was first distributed in the UK and then later on in Denmark, Sweden and Germany.

In 2004 Julie created the company “F L Y V S K - architecture and media” in collaboration with Tatiana Lyng, Interactive Media Designer. F L Y V S K develops possibilities of intuitive interaction, communication and play in urban areas – an interplay between social interaction and architecture. Currently Julie is working on various architectural competitions and exhibitions. She has also been a curator of some of these exhibitions.

Jeremy Boxer

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Jeremy Boxer is head of International Operations for RES media group. His responsibilities include programming, worldwide scouting, reporting, and producing the UK legs of the RESFEST tour. He also looks after expansion in new territories for the tour.

Jeremy is a director in his own right and his first film, The Last Supper, had its premiere at the first annual RESFEST in 1997. It was there that he began his longstanding association with the festival. The film went on to win several awards and was screened at the Sundance Film Festival. He is also an accomplished cinematographer and photographer, and has shot over forty short films and several music videos.

As a photographer, Jeremy has been published in several magazines including RES and FW; he also had a sell out one-man show of his work in London in 2001 and plans to have more shows.

Fibre

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Fibre is a design practice. Although experienced in virtually every medium we never stop learning. We love experimenting with independent projects and this informs our creativity. We often consult with our clients at a strategic level. We are simply a team of award-winning creative directors, intelligent designers and experienced project managers, but the total is always greater than the sum of its parts. Nathan Lauder and David Rainbird are joint Creative Directors.

www.fibredesign.co.uk

Martí Guixé

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Dedicated to inventing “brilliantly simple ideas of a curious seriousness”, MARTI GUIXE divides his time between his native Barcelona and Berlin. Dubbing himself an “ex-designer”, he designs products for Authentics and shoe shops for Camper as well as conceptual projects.

As a “product designer who hates objects” Martí Guixé faces something of a conundrum. He reconciles himself to his professional role of continuing to develop new products because “I need to use them” and by focusing on the functionality of his designs, rather than what they look like and the materials they are made from.

Born in Barcelona in 1964, Guíxé studied interior design there and then industrial design at Milan Polytechnic. After working as a design consultant in Seoul during the mid-1990s, he began a long collaboration with Camper, the Spanish shoe retailer, in 1998 by designing its store in London. He has since designed Camper stores all over the world developing a distinctive design for each one within the same visual language of anarchic illustrations and anti-materialistic slogans on its packaging such as “If you don’t need it, don’t buy it” on Camper’s bags.

The same anarchic humour is reflected in the rest of Guíxé’s work: from rolls of sticky tape printed with images of an ornate picture frame or of footballs so that the tape can be rolled up to form a ball, to the Key Brush he designed for Die Imaginäre Manufaktur in Berlin with the bristles dangling from the shape of a key and the decorations he is creating to celebrate Christmas 2003 in Barcelona.

Ben Hooker

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Ben Hooker is a multimedia designer who divides his time between commercial consultancy (http://www.dataclimates.com), research and teaching. His projects typically involve collaboration with architects and industrial designers and explore the consequences of intangible computer-generated “data landscapes” merging with real spaces. He is especially interested in finding ways to articulate the overlaps between the phenomenal and ephemeral worlds of materiality and data. Ben has a part-time post as a research fellow in the Interaction Design Research Studio (http://www.interaction.rca.ac.uk) at the Royal College of Art in London and also tutors final-year students on the Graphic Design course at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design (part of the University of the Arts). Ben is a graduate of RCA’’s Computer Related Design course (1997).

Sami Khan

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A diverse career that began by creating record covers for acclaimed music producer’s 4 Hero and their seminal London based record label Reinforced Records. Sami’s career quickly spread to Japan with work that went beyond simply designing graphics to creating interactive record sleeves that became three-dimensional forms and animation devices involving optical illusions.

Knowledgeable and opinionated, his love of anime, video-games and popular culture led to lecturing (at universities and galleries) and contributing to various magazines. After experimenting in animation and motion graphics, Sami established Mecha Production Facility as a way of exploring his fascination with Japanese robots and future technology through graphic design.

2004 saw the launch of http://www.mech-a.com, a n online store selling imported Japanese toys (mechas/Japanese robots) and video game merchandise. 2005 will see the launch of an expanding range of Mecha Production Facility branded products that hypothesise future possibility.

Shona Kitchen

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Shona Kitchen graduated from Architecture at the Royal College of Art, London in 1997. Since then she divided her time in several areas. 1997-2004 she ran her own London based design partnership KRD [Kitchen Rogers Design] [www.krduk.com], Between1997-2002 she was a part time Research Fellow in Interaction Design Department at the Royal College of Art London [www.interaction.rca.ac.uk, http://www.dataclimates.com] here she worked closely with Ben Hooker on several EU funded research projects, the latest project “Edge Town” part funded IBM, [recently featured this year in the Venice biennale 2004]. She also presently teaches in Design Products at the Royal College of Art London.

Her work ranges from installation, exhibition, retail, and furniture to conceptual narrative architectural proposals. All with a unifying theme, which explores where the physical and virtual meet and manifest themselves into new spatial experiences. Using technology to enhance and enrich rather than distract from the culture and aesthetics of their surroundings. These projects become realizable through a network of collaborations with people specialized in a range of different disciplines.

Onkar Singh Kular

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"When Onkar Singh Kular designed a pair of socks he added a third one in case one got lost. Embedded in the wood of his picture frame is a spirit level to help check that it hangs in a straight line. He also created a set of mugs in each of 128 Pantone shades of brown so that each family member or co-worker can choose the mug corresponding to their favourite colour of tea.

The reason why his Three Is A Pair socks are so appealing is that they make us think of the inevitability of losing a favourite sock. Similarly the Perfect Picture Frame conjures memories of all those frames hanging wonkily on our walls and 128 Pantone Mugs provides a practical solution to an everyday problem – how to make a perfect mug of tea for someone else and how to avoid having to drink tea made by a well-meaning person with too much – or too little – milk. His objective as a designer is to create objects which could exist as comfortably “in a gallery as well as the Argos catalogue”. Typically for Kular, each of his designs doubles as a running commentary on the way we live today.

Born in Huddersfield in 1974, Kular studied furniture and product design at Kingston University He then enrolled at the Royal College of Art and his designs have since been put into production by Droog in Amsterdam and Trico in Tokyo. Kular also collaborated with Tony Dunne and Fiona Raby on the Energy Gallery at the Science Museum in London.”

Alice Rawsthorn, Director of the Design Museum

Siro Micheroli

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Siro Micheroli was born with Dual nationality of Italian and Swiss parents in the summer of 73 and had a great childhood spending winters climbing up and snowboarding down mountains and summers playing football. After completing his schooling he added to his multi lingual skills of German, Italian and French by honing down his English Aussie style spending six months in Sydney, Australia. Returning to Europe he completed a photographic apprenticeship at the Photostudio Claude Grau in Zurich graduating in August 1997.

Inspired by travel, the mountains and fashion Siro spent 4 years as a freelance sports photographer covering the great legends of the snowboard world for print and TV media including Transworld Snowboarding, Lodown, Monster Backside RAD, MTV and Viva. He then set about pursuing his other great love of fashion and commercial photography becoming Switzerland’s top assistant. As Michele Comte and Stephane Schacher favourite assistant, Siro has worked on commercial advertising campaigns for Loewe, Orange, Ferrari/Michael Schuhmacher, H. Stern, various Fashion Labels and editorials for Vogue, Vanity Fair and GQ that have taken him across the globe several time from South Africa, India, Brasil and Mali to the raw plains of Greenland.

In the last year Siro has become a demand in his own right as a photographer, well as progressing to working with moving images. He has recently shot and directed a short film for Michel Comte (Shared Water), image film for Linde-Gas and has numerous music video clips credits to his name including Nega(Geneva) feat. Lumidee(NY). His own photographic credits include fashion editorial spreads in titles as global as Elle Thailand and Nikki Style USA. He’s managed to combine this with advertising and commercial work for Credit Swiss , Burton Snowboards, Haglöfs Clothing, Swatch, Swiss Tourism and Westbeach

www.siromicheroli.com

Chris Ofili

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A graduate of the Royal College of Art, Manchester born Chris Ofili came to prominence in the early 1990s with his densely orchestrated paintings. He won the Turner prize in 1998 and has exhibited in many international institutions over the past decade. He was selected to represent Britain at the 50th Venice Biennale in June 2003 where he presented his ambitious exhibition Within Reach. Ofili’s paintings exalt in the power of colour, decoration and sexuality. They are intensely laboured, with intricate details of dots of acrylic and oil paint, collaged images, glitter and map pins, forming vast patterns sunk into layers of glossy resin. Close up the viewer is lost in myriad veins of paint but from a distance all is resolved in graceful, line drawn compositions. Varnished balls of elephant dung are applied on top of the picture, punctuating nodal points of the image. Elephant dung balls also support the canvas, both elevating if from and grounding it to the earth.

Shubhankar Ray

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Shubhankar Ray was born in 1968 in Calcutta, India. After graduating from Manchester University in 1989 with a Chemistry Bsc (Hons) he has spent the last 15 years re-inventing numerous global brands. His work is based in social reality and designing multi-level communications systems including advertising campaigns, short films, web and shop systems.These include: -

CAMPER (2000-Present)
CATERPILLAR (1995-2000)
LEVIS (1991-1995)
Along with fashion brands STRIDE and TRAVEL FOX (1997-2000)

Ray’s work and films have also been shown in galleries and museums around the world including the Museo Del Mar in Barcelona (2002), the V&A museum in London (2000), the Venice Biennale (1999). He has received numerous design awards including, Cannes Lions Cybershortlist (Europe 2004) D&AD (UK 2004,2002) Premios Laus (Spain 2004, 2003, 2002) Emma Award (UK 1999) Ray has also lectured widely on visual communication and branding at Oxford University, as well as other institutions in London, Munich, Barcelona and Cape Town..

He is currently the Global Creative Director for Camper the Spanish shoe brand which has recently diversified into food and hotels (Camper Foodball and CasaCamper)

Ray is also involved in a sustainable tourism project for the International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam. 2005.

Shubhankar Ray’s first book ‘The Dis-ease Of Consumption – Capitalism Is A Thief’ will be published in 2006.

William Rowe

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Following an illustrious few years setting up Indigo, Ireland’s first ISP in 1995, William moved back to London to found Protein in 1997 as a creative agency based in Shoreditch working from clients such as: Cartoon Network, Diesel, European Space Agency, K7!, Ninja Tune, Nokia, Olympus, Radio 1 and Sony. Since mid-2003, Protein has returned to its roots and is now focusing on own-brand product development and expanding it’s online community, Protein OS.

www.protein.co.uk

Barrie K Sharpe

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Always at the forefront, Barrie K. Sharpe wears many hats. As the DJ, he started the Rare Groove phenomenon in the UK; as a promoter - Cat in the Hat and WAG; recording artist - Diana Brown and the Brothers; clothes designer - Duffers of St. George and currently with Sharpeye. Sharpeye also incorporates music and photography and the design and build of stretch cruisers bikes.