After graduating in 1976 as a fashion illustrator at the Fashion Department of School of Fine Arts Arnhem, the Netherlands, she took on her first post with the Dutch Post and Telegraph Company PTT. For 10 years she made her contribution at the Art and Design Department that was in charge of buying and sustaining a collection of modern graphic art.Ain 1984, while still on the job with PTT, she partnered up with Ravage Paris to implement Corporate Fashion assignments for institutions and companies like Dutch Railways or the Amsterdam Music Theatre, just to name a few.As an independent advisor she added product design and fine arts to her array of corporate consultancy.As of 1992 she joined Li Edelkoort as a teacher and coordinator of the Leisure Department at the renowned Design Academy Eindhoven. This experience led her to the next professional stages; from 1999 to 2006 she was Director of the Academy and thereafter Dean of the Amfi-Amsterdam Fashion Institute at the Amsterdam University of Applied Siences.In 2011, Liesbeth in’t Hout acts again independently as an advisor. At the moment she is running the Sandberg Institute (Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam) as co director.Along her career and still today she is contributing as a member or chairwoman to many supervisory boards, advisory committees and international juries.
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Senior Partner Herzog & de Meuron, Basel
Born in 1969 in Stuttgart, Germany, Ascan Mergenthaler graduated with a degree in architecture from the University of Stuttgart, having studied both there and at The Bartlett, University College London, from 1990 to 1997. He worked with Konstantin Grcic – Industrial Design in Munich from 1995 to 1997. Since 1998 he has worked for Herzog & de Meuron in Basel, where he became Partner in 2004 and Senior Partner in 2009. Mergenthaler is jointly responsible for managing the global architecture firm; his achievements have included founding the New York office and leading projects for the de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco and the 40 Bond Apartment Building in New York. Currently he is engaged in a wide range of projects in Europe, Asia and North and South America.
Jasper Morrison Ltd, London, Paris
Jasper Morrison is widely known both for his award-winning work and for the design philosophy behind them. He believes that good design has less to do with making products noticeable than with making sure they are useful. The critic Arthur Boyer describes this: “to produce everyday objects for everyone’s use, make things lighter not heavier, softer not harder, inclusive rather than exclusive, generate energy, light and space”. Objects with qualities that make us feel different about them, barely noticed -but we love to live with them.
His unique approach to product design is evident in work for clients as diverse as Cappellini, SCP, Alessi, Flos, Magis, Vitra, Olivetti, Rosenthal, Sony Design Centre Europe, and the Tate Modern Museum in London. In 2009 he also designed the iconic ceramic watch r5.5 for Rado. His ideas have taken shape in a surprising variety of functional and highly successful products – everything from tableware and toasters to pots and pans, office furniture, bus stops and a tram for the city of Hanover.
Several Books, solo exhibitions and collaborations on numerous international exhibitions emphasize Morrison’s status as innovator, free thinker and leading designer. His products are in the permanent collections of several museums throughout the world, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York and the Victoria & Albert Museum, London.
Jasper Morrison Ltd. currently based in London and Paris.
Contributing Writer International New York Times, London
Robb Young is a fashion business journalist, author, luxury industry editor and strategic consultant.
His writing has appeared in The Financial Times, the International Herald Tribune, Vogue.co.uk, Newsweek, the New York Times style magazine “T”, Vogue Pelle, Vogue Gioiello, the Independent, the Guardian newspapers and more. In 2002, Robb was appointed by the Swiss Textiles Federation to rebrand and reposition their annual €100,000 Swiss Textiles Award as the definitive authority on upcoming international designer talent. By implementing a nomination and jury system of the fashion industry’s most esteemed professionals, the award has gained outstanding recognition in industry circles. As a strategic consultant for Diptrics in Japan, Robb recruited international designer collections for distribution, negotiated exclusive contracts and oversaw branding strategies in that market for ten years between 2000 and 2010.Robb is regularly invited as critic, media delegate, jury member or lecturer to many fashion expos and events around the world. Based happily in London, he travels extensively around the globe in search of compelling news, perspectives, products and talent.
Lars Müller Publishers, Zürich
Lars Müller was born in Oslo in 1955, and although a Norwegian citizen, has been based in Switzerland since 1963.
After an apprenticeship as a graphic designer and some years as a peripatetic student in the United States and Holland, Lars Müller returned to Switzerland in 1982 and established his studio in Baden. Since 1996, he has been a partner of “Integral Concept,” an interdisciplinary design group active in Paris, Milan, Zürich, Berlin, and Montreal. Lars Müller started publishing books on typography, design, art, photography, and architecture in 1983 and, as Lars Müller Publishers, has produced some 300 titles to date. Recently, he has branched out into visually oriented books on social issues, such as human rights and ecology.
He is a passionate educator and has taught at various universities in Switzerland and elsewhere in Europe. Since 2009 he has been a guest lecturer at Harvard's Graduate School of Design. Lars Müller is currently the international president of AGI Alliance Graphique Internationale and a member of MOTOVUN International Publisher's Group.Wolfgang K. Meyer-Hayoz.