10 ECAL graduates featured in new Phaidon publication 'Designed for Life'

10 ECAL graduates featured in new Phaidon publication 'Designed for Life'

April 16, 2024

10 ECAL graduates featured in new Phaidon publication 'Designed for Life’, a global survey of 100 of the most creative and innovative product designers working today. With the participation of Alexis Georgacopoulos and Anniina Koivu, director and curator at ECAL.

Designed For Life showcases 100 of the most exciting designers around the world and, through their work, shines a lens on what is happening at the forefront of contemporary product design. The boundaries between design, art, craft, fashion, and architecture have been blurred in recent years and a new generation of designers has emerged, working across different fields and genres. Products illustrated in the book range from furniture, lighting, and objects, to limited editions, glassware, and office systems, making Designed for Life the ideal route to new talent throughout the field of product design and the perfect way to assess exactly what is being created in the design scene today

Chosen by an international line up of influential industry experts – design critics, museum curators, entrepreneurs, journalists, and gallerists – the nominated designers comprise young product designers who have emerged in the last few years, but who have already produced outstanding, creative, and innovative pieces of design, such as Mac Collins, Nifemi Marcus-Bello, Minjae Kim, and Mimi Shodeinde as well as more established designers including Jasper Morrison, India Mahdavi, and Jonathan Olivares. This fascinating book illustrates the new materials, processes, and technologies being utilized; the radically different styles being created; and the growing importance of sustainability, diversity, and inclusivity in design. These designers believe design can build a better world and a better life.

ECAL graduates featured in the book
Ini Archibong
Thilo Alex Brunner
Fabien Cappello
Michel Charlot
Moisés Hernández
Maria Jeglinska
Carolien Niebling
Julie Richoz
Studio Zanellato/Bortotto

The nominators for the 100 designers include Alexis Georgacopoulos, ECAL Director, and Anniina Koivu, curator and ECAL professor.