STRELKA – Taipei, Taiwan

STRELKA – Taipei, Taiwan

Growing up in Vancouver, Canada, where DIY culture is a common leisure practice, Richard developed a passion towards tinkering in his free time. When he realised that there are no “design” tools or toolsets on the market, he went to work on making the ToolBook.

Studio Chapeaux – Hamburg, Germany

Studio Chapeaux – Hamburg, Germany

"We Design. Brands & Spaces."

Island Workbench – Amy Kay, Steven Choi – Hong Kong

Island Workbench – Amy Kay, Steven Choi – Hong Kong

Island Workbench is their laboratory of creativity, their workshop for transforming their clashing lifestyles into unique products.

Atelier BangBang – Simon Laliberte – Montréal, Canada

Atelier BangBang – Simon Laliberte – Montréal, Canada

"Innovative packaging and special effects can be very interesting, but not necessarily eco-friendly and functional."

Character – San Francisco, USA

Character – San Francisco, USA

“At Character we believe that the purpose of packaging is to protect a product and display key attributes of a brand. Successful packaging design must be both durable and innovative; and the unboxing experience must evoke a sense of delight, discovery and surprise.”

Eleanna Katsira – Athens, Greece

Eleanna Katsira – Athens, Greece

"The collection targets dynamic women who are not interested in following typical trends. They are independent, smart, witty, and select the accessories simply because they can 'feel' the energy and love that she had put into creating them."

SFU Italia Design – School of Interactive Arts + Technology (SIAT), Simon Fraser University – Surrey, Canada

SFU Italia Design – School of Interactive Arts + Technology (SIAT), Simon Fraser University – Surrey, Canada

Each year, a new team builds on the previous year’s research under the banner of “SFU Italia Design”, a documentary series profiling designers, studios and brands in Italy who are invited to speak about their work and experiences, and share their philosophies and stories around the subject of design. Well worth checking out.

Anymade Studio – Praha, Czech Republic

Anymade Studio – Praha, Czech Republic

“Anymade is a combination of two words – ‘any’ and ‘made’. It was originally founded as a community of artists with different approaches and narrative dialects. Therefore, ‘any’ stands for ‘anything’ and, by extension, ‘animation’.”

Studio Banana Things – Key Portilla-Kawamura, Ali Ganjavian – Lausanne, Madrid, London

Studio Banana Things – Key Portilla-Kawamura, Ali Ganjavian – Lausanne, Madrid, London

Studio Banana Things produces intelligent everyday objects. They believe in the “value of innovation and in bringing fun into functional”, and produce objects from emerging designers that make life that little bit better.

Carlos Higuera – Colombia

Carlos Higuera – Colombia

“In my opinion good packaging has to impact visually on the customer. The complete information and the way it should be seen depends on that first impression. In fact, when I have to buy a new product, I always choose the best-designed label or packaging. I think that if a brand has paid for a good design, it must be a good product.”