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About | Jury/Advisors/Media | Top 50 DesignsPrizes

5 Chair Prototypes


Paola Antonelli

Senior Curator, Architecture and Design, The Museum of Modern Art

Paola Antonelli is a Senior Curator in the Department of Architecture and Design and the Director of Research and Development at New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), where she has worked since 1994. Her latest exhibition was 2011’s Talk to Me: Design and the Communication between People and Objects. She has lectured at global interdisciplinary gatherings such as the World Economic Forum in Davos. Recently, she has taught at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and at the MFA program of the School of Visual Arts in New York. She has written for Domus magazine, served as editor of Abitare, and authored the publication Humble Masterpieces: Everyday Marvels of Design (2005), which highlights how good design facilitates and enriches our daily life. Paola earned the “Design Mind” Smithsonian Institution’s National Design Award in October 2006, and in 2007, she was named one of the 25 most incisive design visionaries by Time magazine. Paola Antonelli’s goal is to promote design’s understanding, until its positive influence on the world is fully acknowledged. She is currently working on several shows on contemporary design; and on Design Bites, a book about foods from all over the world appreciated as examples of outstanding design. She can also be found on Twitter under the handle @curiousoctopus.

Allison Arieff

Design Writer, The New York Times, Atlantic Cities; Editor, The Urbanist

Allison Arieff is Editor and Content Strategist for the urban planning and policy think tank, SPUR (San Francisco Planning and Urban Research). She is also a regular contributor to the New York Times, Wired, and The Atlantic Cities, and former Senior Content Lead for the global design and innovation firm, IDEO. She is Chairman of the Board of FERN (The Food and Environment Reporting Network) and serves on the Urban Ag and Food Policy Board of SPUR. She lectures and consults regularly on architecture, design and media. From 2002-2006, Arieff was Editor-in-Chief of Dwell (and was the magazine’s founding senior editor). Dwell won the National Magazine Award for General Excellence in 2005 under her tenure. She began her editorial career in book publishing with stints at Random House, Oxford University Press, and Chronicle Books, where she edited numerous titles on design and culture including Airstream: A History of the Land Yacht and Hatch Show Print: A History of the Great American Poster Shop; she is author of the books Prefab and Trailer Travel: A Visual History of Mobile America. Arieff lives with her husband and daughter in San Francisco where she has 500-square feet of vegetables growing in her backyard.

Fernando and Humberto Campana

Designers, Estudio Campana, Sao Paulo

The Campana Brothers are Brazilian designers whose work incorporates the idea of transformation and reinvention. Building their career since 1983, they have achieved both national and international recognition for designing with common day-to-day materials — including cardboard, rope and rubber hose — and Brazilian characteristics of color, creative chaos, and the triumph of simple solutions. Based in Sao Paulo, Estudio Campana is constantly investigating new possibilities in furniture making, including working in partnership with communities, factories and industries. In 1998, Fernando and Humberto Campana became the first Brazilian artists to exhibit their work at New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), in “Project 66,” a show curated by Paola Antonelli that paired the duo with German lighting designer Ingo Maurer. The brothers have created furniture, jewelry and fashion collections with the likes of Edra, Alessi, H. Stern, Swarovski, Grendene and Moss. They continue to craft their own line of special edition, handmade pieces that are represented by galleries from Sao Paulo to New York to Rome. Nowadays, their pieces integrate permanent collections of renowned institutions like MoMA, Centre Pompidou, and Sao Paulo’s Museum of Modern Art. Recently, they reinvented the international chain of Camper stores, and designed interiors for the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, New Hotel in Athens, and São Paulo Opera House. They were honored with the Designer of the Year award in 2008 by Design Miami, and in 2012 they were selected for the Comité Colbert award in Paris.

Rob Forbes

Founder of Design Within Reach; CEO of Public Bikes

Rob Forbes’ career includes work in both the Arts and Business fields. Forbes is best known as the Founder of Design Within Reach and for the vision of a business that has grown into the leading retail destination for modern design in the US. In 2007 Rob formally left DWR to launch Studio Forbes, based in San Francisco, to further his interests in design, culture, and commerce. These interests, and his personal passion for bicycles led him to his newest venture PUBLIC. PUBLIC is a design based bicycle company with a mission to improve the quality and character of our cities and public places. PUBLIC launched in May 2010 in San Francisco and has become the nationwide direct source for elegant modern city bikes and gear in the US.


Mario Schjetnan

Co-Founder & Director of Mario Schjetnan/Grupo de Diseño Urbano, Mexico City

Mario Schjetnan is a founding partner, together with José Luis Pérez, of Grupo de Diseño Urbano, which has built parks and urban design projects in Mexico and elsewhere, including the award winning Parque Ecológico Xochimilco; the Museum of the Northern Cultures of Mexico in Paquimé, Chihuahua; Parque Tezozomoc; and Culhuacán Historical Park. GDU has executed a wide range of projects, including diverse typologies and scales in architecture, urban design and landscape architecture. In 2010 he received the Maria Ignacia Rodriguez de Velasco award for his achievements in Urban Development and Landscape Architecture. Mario is co-author of the book Principios de Diseño Urbano-Ambiental and his work has been published in numerous publications in Mexico and abroad. Mario Schjetnan has also devoted his life to teaching, leading studios and workshops at Harvard University and UCLA, Berkeley; and as Director of the School of Landscape Architecture and the Federico Mariscal Chair in Architecture at the University of Arizona. He has been a lecturer at Universities in the USA, Spain, Colombia, Argentina, Chile, Puerto Rico, Australia, and China.



Caroline Baumann Associate Director, Smithsonian, Cooper-Hewitt,
National Design Museum
Holly Block Executive Director, The Bronx Museum of the Arts
Alan G. Brake Managing Editor, Architect’s Newspaper
Anita Contini Arts & Culture Program, Bloomberg Philanthropies
Alexandra Cunningham Director of Exhibitions, Design Miami/
Stephen Doyle Doyle Partners
Beth Dunlop Editor-In-Chief, Modern Magazine
Maria Helena Estrada Journalist, design critic, publisher, Arc Design
Agnes Gund Chair, Cultural Affairs Advisory Commission, New York City
Alan Heller President, Heller, Inc.
Raymond Hu Managing Editor, Core77
John J. Jenkin Executive Vice President, Kartell USA, Inc.
Amy Lau Principal, Amy Lau Design
Nancy Prince Chief Deputy for Design, City of New York Parks and Recreation
Dan Rubinstein Editor-in-Chief, Surface
Tom Schutte President, Pratt Institute
Barbara Tober Chairman, Global Leadership Council, Museum of Arts and Design
David Van der Leer Executive Director, Van Alen Institute
Susan S. Szenasy Editor-in-Chief, Metropolis Magazine
John Waddell Collector, Member of the Committee on Architecture and Design,
The Museum of Modern Art




David Meckel, Project Director
Kate Rath, Project Manager