Industrial Designer Jan Habraken (born in Eindhoven, the Netherlands) studied architecture at the Design Academy Eindhoven, where he met fellow student Maarten Baptist. Following graduation the two started WATdesign in 2002. The collaboration proved to be a success in the Netherlands and across Europe, which led to the opening of a New York office. Within months after Jan arrived in New York WATdesign began working with clients Kikkerland and Target. Inspired by the New York design scene, Habraken set out to launch his own design studio in 2007. The studio (under his own name) spans various disciplines from furniture and product design to exhibit and architecture. Jan conjures up the cleanest designs that work and have a function. His lines are clear and the geometry is very simple. He uses less and less material which makes the work easier to produce and has a longer life. Jan is involved not just in form but also in the refining of manufacturing and the optimization of production. Habraken’s functionalist approach stems from his socially conscious viewpoint. His work has a reputation for quality, precision and practicality that has come to be what is expected from Dutch design. Studio Jan Habraken in New York is set to hunt out international manufacturers and put its multifunctional creations on the world stage. From household products to furniture, his approach is guided by his social conscience. His objects have to fulfill their function; the result is a smart product that people enjoy using. He believes that design should bring the most of the best to the greatest number of people.David Weeks United States (1968 - )
Originally from Athens, Georgia, David Weeks studied painting and sculpture at the Rhode Island School of Design, where he earned a BFA in 1990. He worked in the studio of jeweler Ted Muehling before founding David Weeks Studio in 1996. His work encompasses lighting, home accessories, mobiles, lounge seating, and custom retail, commercial, and residential projects. David's designs have been used by Barneys New York, Kate Spade, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bliss Spa, Brasserie NYC, and The W Hotels. In 1999, David Weeks Studio won the Editors Award for Best Lighting at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair. In 2000, Weeks launched a furniture line including the Semana lounge chair which was purchased by Habitat UK. Also in 2000, he teamed with fellow designer Lindsey Adelman to form Butter, a product development company focusing on simple, affordable items for the home. Their debut collection earned an award from Blueprint Magazine at London's 100% Design show and another Editors Award for Best Lighting at ICFF 2001. In 2003, Weeks was featured in the Cooper-Hewitt's National Design Triennial: Inside Design Now. In 2004 he was one of seven designers representing New York at Berlin's 7+7 Designmai exhibit. Weeks also teaches at Parsons School of Design as an adjunct professor.
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