Panel of Experts: This is the jury of the SCHOTT CERAN® Design Awards 2017 – Part 1

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Under the motto “Cooking FUSICS”, this year’s SCHOTT CERAN® Design Awards are already running on high-speed. It’s time to introduce you to the people who end up picking the winners. The internationally-renowned jury is made up of successful artists from the design sector and we are proud to have these great personalities taking part!

Do you also want to participate? You can find all of the important information on the platform of our partner designboom. You can submit your designs here until 31st July 2017.

Today is for introducing you to the jury members, whom we were able to entice in collaboration with our partner designboom.

Michael Young, Product Designer (Hongkong)

Michael Young was born in 1969 in Sunderland, a small industrial city in the north-east of England, and studied Furniture and Product Design at Kingston University. He was already working in Tom Dixon’s workshop during his studies. In 1944 he founded his own studio in London, which he later relocated to Reykjavík. In 2006, another studio in Hong Kong followed. Young’s customers include renowned manufacturers such as Cappellini, Artemide, Magis and Philipps. From a dog kennel, the Magis Dog House, to lamps, mp3 players and accessories, to garden furniture, Young has created numerous designs, which can already be found in various design museums. Photo © designboom

Inga Sempe, Product Designer (France)

INGA SEMPÉ was born in 1968 in Paris. Her father, Jean-Jacques Sempé, is the world-famous illustrator of Little Nicholas, her mother, Mette Ivers, illustrated children’s books, including an edition of Ronia, the Robber’s Daughter. However, she became the best-known lamp designer in France through her own work and her extraordinary designs, earning her the nickname of “Madame Lamp”. After studying at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Création Industrielle in Paris, she worked at the studios of Marc Newson and Andrée Putman. In 2000 she opened her own studio in Paris. Her lamps and furniture are unmistakable and have received many awards (including the Red Dot Design Award and the Grand Design Award of the City of Paris). She has designed for manufacturers such as Ligne Roset, Alessi, Mustache, Baccarat and Wästberg. Photo © designboom

Jeff Dayu Shi, Product Designer (China)

The Chinese-American designer is the Founder and Creative Director of the Dragonfly Gallery (Taipei) and the Dragonfly Design Center (Beijing) and is considered to be Taiwan’s most foremost design authority. He is known for his extraordinary pieces of furniture made of bamboo. The multi-award-winning artist combines traditional forms with modern aesthetics and attaches great importance to the use of natural materials, social responsibility and sustainability. On the occasion of the Beijing Design Week 2015, some of his works were shown at the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in the exhibition The Enlightenment of Tea, Bamboo & Music. Bild © designboom

William Sawaya, Architect und Paolo Moroni, Entrepreneur (Italy)

After studying architecture in Beirut, Lebanese William Sawaya travelled to Paolo Moroni for his first job in Europe, a well-connected merchant from Milan. This encounter led to a lasting design partnership. The division of tasks is clear despite the shared passion for books, art and design: Sawaya is the creative head, and Moroni is responsible for the necessary grounding. Together, this creates the perfect symbiosis. In 1987, they founded the Sawaya & Moroni architectural and design studio in Milan, which quickly developed into an internationally renowned brand for avant-garde design and collaborated with renowned architects and designers, including Daniel Liebeskind, Jean Nouvel and Zaha Hadid. Photo © designboom

Gweanel Nicolas, Architect (Japan)

Gwenael Nicolas was born in Brittany in 1966. He studied Interior Architecture at the École Superieure d’Art Graphique in Paris and Industrial Design at the Royal College of Art in London. In 1991 he went to Tokyo as a freelance designer and worked there for Waterstudio and Issey Miyake. In 1998, he founded the design studio Curiosity together with Reiko Miyamoto. The essence is in the name: Curiosity is his motivator and we are grateful for his original designs. His range spans designing perfume bottles to shop interiors for luxury brands such as Fendi, Dolce & Gabanna, Louis Vuitton, Yves Saint Laurent, Berluti, Swarowski and Uniqlo. He is the star of Japanese interior design and has received numerous awards, including the KU/KANN Award 2009, Japan’s most prestigious award for interior design. Photo © designboom

Andrea Maffei, Architect (Italy)

After studying architecture in Florence, he moved to Tokyo to work in Arata Isozaki’s studio and take over the management of projects in Italy. In 2005, he founded the architectural office Andrea Maffei Architects, headquartered in Milan. His works include: The Palazport Olimpico (Olympic Sports Center), now used for concerts, conferences and other events, the new Uffizi in Florence (1999) and Bologna’s new main railway station (2008), that was built on the occasion of the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Turin. He writes for various architecture magazines and regularly gives seminars on architecture. From 2000 to 2002 he worked as a Guest Professor for Architectural Design at the Waseda University in Tokyo. Photo © designboom

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