Adam Stover, Kuebler Perry, Garrett Steinlage, Felicia Balestrere: Populous
Populous is a global architecture and design firm that designs the places where people love to be together, like Yankee Stadium, the London Olympics, and the Super Bowl. Over the last 37 years, the firm has designed more than 3,000 projects worth $40 billion across emerging and established markets. Populous’ comprehensive services include architecture, interior design, event planning and overlay, branded environments, wayfinding and graphics, planning and urban design, landscape architecture, aviation and transport design, hotels and hospitality, and sustainable design consulting. Populous has 18 offices on four continents and more than 700 employees with regional centers in Kansas City, London and Brisbane.
Product: Pleat Collection
Lucio Leonelli & Robin Rizzini: Metrica Design
Our studio designs furniture and interior systems for
companies in Europe, North America, Middle and Far East. It also explores and recruits
industrial and artisan excellence operating within European territory, ensuring the
supervision of the supply chain and the management of business strategy. The term design
means creating and managing projects, and each one of our projects bears the stamp of industrial innovation. The logic behind our furniture elements
is always developed with meticulous attention to engineering. Metrica elicits the process of
design that must face constraints and incentives imposed by manufacturing process, the
market and the client: we call this educated design
Product: Duende Tables
Dan Menchions & Keith Rushbrook, II BY IV Design
Internationally renowned, II BY IV DESIGN was founded in 1990 by partners Dan Menchions and Keith Rushbrook. Both Dan and Keith dreamed of a creative firm that was deeply rooted in design and guided by a passion for constant innovation.
Continually travelling the world, we seek out art, architecture, fashion, theatre, food and culture to fuel our imaginations, while inspiring globally celebrated designs.
Credited with countless awards and esteemed publications II BY IV DESIGN is distinguished by our balanced approach that captures the essence of each client’s vision. From concept to execution our entire team believes in delivering the highest level of design excellence.
Product: Ren Lounge & Table Collections
Lee Fletcher & Terence Woodside: fig40
fig40 is an industrial design firm that makes
interesting products, and makes products
interesting. Combining the design and
engineering talents of Lee Fletcher and
Terence Woodside, fig40 has earned a
reputation for producing award-winning
objects that are both relevant and responsible.
Our process spans research and concept
development to refinement and testing,
mechanical design and implementation,
promotional support and product education.
From our studio in Toronto, we've collaborated
with some of the world's most innovative
organizations to not only design insightful
product concepts, but also give those ideas
dimension and meaning.
Product: Rhoi Tables
Annie Lee & David Rush
As the creative executive for Environetics New York
office, Annie Lee gives shape to the needs and ideas
of clients. Working through the process of discovering
each individual taste, budget and project schedule,
she achieves the desired results without sacrificing
either client values or aspirations. Annie enables design
solutions that show how each client can be related to
their space and how they can work within it. Certified as
a LEED AP, Annie has designed sustainable solutions
for many clients.
David Rush is an Architect and Managing Principal
of the Environetics’ New York office. With his well-known
facility for designing space in ways that are
simultaneously unique, functional, and creative for both
commercial and private clients, David is a registered
architect with a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from
The University of Michigan and a Masters Degree in
Architecture from Yale University.
Product: Andavi Collection
Matthew Plumstead, McCarty Quinn Design
Matthew Plumstead designs smartly
focused, modern furniture and
products for the home and office.
He believes that good design is
predicated, in part, on being attuned
to evolving trends and behaviors.
Through the processes of data
collection and research, rigorous
form making, materials exploration,
and prototyping, Matthew has
designed products that are desirable
and seemingly inevitable.
Matthew graduated with an M.F.A.
in design from Cranbrook Academy
of Art, where he was a Knoll scholar.
His work has been seen in numerous
publications and has won awards
including a Red Dot Design Award,
and an ICFF Editor’s Award.
Matthew currently practices industrial
design at his studio, McCarty Quinn Design,
in Saint Paul, Minnesota.
Product: Leit System
David Ritch & Mark Saffell: 5D Studio
5D Studio’s work has been recognized with numerous
design industry awards and has been featured in
exhibits at the Cooper Hewitt National Museum and the
Pasadena Museum of California Design.
David Ritch studied Architecture and Urban Planning
at the University of Cincinnati before receiving a BS
in Industrial Design. Ritch has 24 years of experience
including work with Henry Dreyfuss, Rubbermaid and
Mark Saffell is a graduate of Ringling College of Art and
Design, where he received a BFA in Interior Architecture.
Saffell has 22 years of experience including work with
Sussman/Prejza and Donald Chadwick.
Products: Aim Collection, Prato Collection, Salone Collection, Domino Collection
Throughout his 44 year career
and while President of NELSON,
design excellence and quality
have always been in the forefront
of his leadership. John’s body
of work is uniquely diverse. The
breadth of his experience spans
all types of projects, including
corporate and executive offices,
call centers, trading rooms,
conference centers, educational
facilities, hospitals, restaurants,
retail space, branch banks, and
showrooms. His achievements
also include a strong portfolio in
product design for manufacturers
in the commercial industry.
Products: Bau Tables/Benches, Genevieve Collection, International & International-II Collections, Prima Collection
David Fueher, Ehren Gaag, Jay Koback, Robert Mariduena
This talented industrial design team were winners of five Best of NeoCon 2016 Awards, including Best-of-
Competition, as well as a 2016 Best of Year Award, for their WorkStyles Collection with TUOHY.
WorkStyles offers a provocative alternative to the typical private office by creating inspired spaces for both
individual work and collaborative interactions. Instead of a single workwall expression for the entire collection,
WorkStyles offers a range of “statement-making” elements as centerpieces to a universal workplace platform
designed for use in private office and open plan areas equally.
Product: WorkStyles Collection
Jess Sorel’s career has spanned
nearly twenty years in the contract
furniture industry. His time as
a designer and design director
at Metro Furniture, along with
a number of projects in recent
years, has resulted in a portfolio
that demonstrates his passion for
questioning the status quo.
Jess has an intense curiosity
about the context in which objects
are made and used. His primary
focus is on understanding and
interpreting the world around him –
with an eye on where culture and
technology are heading and how
it impacts the way we live, work
Based in Oakland, CA, Jess
holds holds numerous design and
utility patents. His work has been
featured in major domestic and
international design publications.
Products: Coda Collection, Edo Collection
In 1992, Bill Raftery started his
new design firm: Raftery Design,
Inc. Since then, his body of work
has come to include Executive,
Manager and Ergonomic Task
Seating designs for companies such
as TUOHY, Councill, Novikoff, HBF,
Superior, Paoli, JOFCO, Taylor and
Between Design and Utility Patents
Bill has well over 40 total. Other
honors include the NeoCon / Best
of Show Awards in 1991, 1993
and 1995 and two ADEX Awards.
Other products developed by
Raftery Design, Inc. are the Quest
Underwater Writing Boards for
Innovative Scuba Concepts and
the Wedgie Air Chair, which was
patented in 1996
Product: 902 Seating
Alan Dandron is a Design Principal
with Mancini•Duffy/TSC. Over the
past twenty-five years, Alan has
designed millions of square feet
of space for his clients, and he
has significant experience in the
programming, planning, and design
of large-scale corporate projects.
As a leader in the firm’s workplace
strategy consultancy, Alan holds
particular expertise in developing
planning concepts based on the
strategic intent of the user. He
graduated magna cum laude with a
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Industrial &
Interior Design from the University of
Michigan’s School of Art, and is past
President of the New York Chapter of
the IIDA which, during his leadership,
was voted Large Chapter of the Year
at the 2011 IIDA Annual Meeting. In
addition, Alan has designed awardwinning
casegoods lines for HALCON
Product: Geneva Collection
Laura Kirar is the founder and
creative director of Laura Kirar
Design. Under her direction the
teams in New York and Miami
work in tandem to create elegant,
innovative interiors and product for
the home with timeless sensibility.
Laura has shaped the design of an
array of interesting projects - from
high-end residences to awardwinning
commercial interiors of
restaurants, showrooms and hotels.
A designer with the soul of an artist,
Laura completed her degree in
sculpture and interior architecture
at the prestigious School of the Art
Institute of Chicago. Her passion
for artistic exploration in numerous
mediums has continued to infuse
her work with originality and
thoughtful attention to detail
Product: Arcelle Collection
Christian Arnold & Neil Sommers: Clockwork
Clockwork was founded by Christian Arnold
and Neil Sommers in 2004 as a design studio
concentrating on architecture, interior design,
branding and industrial design. The two partners
have a working relationship that extends back 13
years where they met at a small architectural studio.
The two entrepreneurs then formed a photography
studio and solidified their desire for capturing and
sharing beautiful compositions with the masses.
Each of Clockwork’s designers bring unique
talents, ranging from fine art painting and sculpting
to welding and carpentry. This diverse point of
view yields unexpected approaches and innovative
solutions that directly support their client’s business
goals. A reputation of precision and passion has
allowed the studio to create designs for hundreds
of clients including General Electric, Barkley,
American Apparel, Executive Beechcraft, Garmin,
Houlihan’s Restaurant, The Cordish Company, and
TUOHY. Their design work has been recognized
by prestigious organizations including the Society
of Environmental Graphic Design (SEGD), The
International Interior Design Association (IIDA), and
the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and has
been published in Interior Design, Architectural
Record, I.D., World Architecture, Contract and Inc.
Product: Kaesi Lounge and Occasional Tables
Tim deFiebre joined Brickel
Associates after working at their
frame facility in Long Island City,
NY, where Ward Bennett’s chairs
were produced. He then became a
design assistant and model maker
for Ward Bennett and subsequently
became the Director of Design for
the furniture division, responsible
for all furniture development. He
later joined the ICF Group in New
York as Vice President of Design.
After creating several award
winning designs he then worked
and consulted for Geiger Brickel
in Atlanta creating updates of his
earlier Brickel work and a number
of new table and seating designs.
In 2004 Mr. deFiebre introduced
two major product lines for Harter
based in Middlebury, Indiana. Also in
2004 he curated and updated The
Ward Bennett Business Classics
Collection for Geiger.
Tim founded Timothy deFiebre
designs in 1998 and lives in New York City.
Product: Bryant Park Lounge
Andrew Gower is an award-winning
Industrial Designer. His wide variety
of work has appeared in several
publications and he has received
numerous awards for product design.
Andrew started his career at the
architectural firm DMSAS, and
continued to practice architecture
when he opened and ran a
production furniture company in
Baltimore, MD. The early years
of his career were invaluable in
gaining the knowledge to venture
out professionally as an industrial
designer. He attended the University
of Colorado and the Corcoran School
of Art in Washington DC. Currently
Andrew resides in Ashland, OR where
he works independently on his new
company Zoose Design, LLC.
Product: Bay Forms Occasional Tables
David Allan Pesso, New Studio
David Pesso has a degree in
industrial design from Rochester
Institute of Technology and was
initially influenced by the work of
Wendell Castle (known as the
“originator of art furniture”). Later,
as a designer at Vinick Associates,
he focused on interior design, retail
storefront design, architectural
millwork and signage. He served as
a partner at Advent Studio, where he
was able to concentrate on design
and development for the contract
Pesso founded New Studio in 1989
as an industrial design consulting
firm specializing in product design
& development, architectural
millwork, exhibit design, and brand
development. His work has garnered
recognition throughout the design
world. He holds licenses for more
than 300+ furniture designs, and has
been awarded 18 design patents.
Product: Atheneum Collection
Mary Little & Peter Wheeler, bius
Mary Little, throughout her 30 year career, has created
beautifully crafted, tactile furniture and products
intended to be so seductive they are irresistible and
often described as haute couture because of their
original forms and inventive construction techniques.
She has exhibited her work extensively with solo gallery
shows in London, Cologne and Palo Alto. She has also
been part of group exhibitions at the Museum of Art &
Design (New York), British Crafts Council, (London) and
Übersee-Museum (Bremen). Her work is included in
the permanent collections at the Victoria & Albert, Vitra
Design Museum and Musée Des Arts Décoratifs. A
graduate of the Royal College of Art in London, she has
taught in the US, Netherlands and Britain..
Peter Wheeler’s work spans highly sculptural one of a
kind pieces to high volume systemized products. His
comfort in this range of work is rooted in a maker’s
sensibilities, an affinity with materials and processes,
and a perfectionist’s eye for detail. Wheeler has
consulted for and licensed designs to companies such
as Thrislington and Vitsoe, (UK); Kron, Punt Mobles and
Perobell (Spain) and Brayton International. His work is
in permanent collections of the Museo de las Artes
Decorativas (Spain) and Thonet Museum (Germany).
He has received numerous awards from IBD, Design
Council, UK and Chicago Athenaeum. He has taught at
the Glasgow School of Art, California College of the Arts
and his alma mater, The Royal College of Art.
Product: Vita Seating