Designer PROFILES Alex Taylor - "Perfectionist" Alex Taylor is an avid seeker to explore new form and exploit new production process - in this process he is truly researching the limits. It is his committment to computer technology that allows him to reach from a scetch to an actual, to realize his concept of interactivity in contemporary living environments. His vision is to create interactive, multi-dimensional furniture - dense/heavy and translucent/light at the same time. No committment, but to aim at quality through perfection. Kazuhiro Yamanaka - "Design Philosopher" "In the future, Design will be defined as being a sigificant factor in the space around us. Designers should contemplate the void that surrounds objects, the space between objects. I believe furniture - chairs, tables, lights etc.- could be like a constellation of stars, and we could make lines to connect them three- dimensionally and thereby construct a specific story. As a designer, I believe it is my task to create those stories." KAZUHIRO YAMANAKA "I create spaces, not objects", says Kazuhiro Yamanaka who's design philosophy revolves around the importance of objects enabling harmonical constellations in a given space/interior. Contingent on an objects ability to connect, it is Kazuhiro Yamanaka's ambition to create spaces of harmony - he thus puts individuals in a context; he is creating a pelvis, allowing them to unfold and to reflect their individual identity. Via his contextual analysis of the underlying relationships of objects, Kazuhiro Yamanaka is telling narratives full of symbolism; much in the tradition of his fellow Japanese countrymen such as Isamu Noguchi, Kazuhiro Yamanaka is creating interior objects that function and project - striking for their Kazuhiro Yamanaka - "Design Philosopher" cont. outer simplicity and inner complexity. Kazuhiro Yamanaka's work is unostentatious, modest and serene as is he himself - Kazuhiro Yamanaka's work does not impose messages on us but rather stimulates us to reflect per the tranquillity and inner harmony of his oeuvre. SEBASTIAN WOLF SIEBZEHNRUEBL Olivier Védrine - "From Football to ZEN" Olivier Védrine, a trained architect in France and Japan, a traveller between the world, thinks " material " - Olivier works as much with metal, wood, glas and acrylic as with light and water. In this vivid interest to use " material ", Olivier is not shy to seek his inspiration anywhere between " ZEN and American Football ". Olivier Védrine's work is always an expression of exchange and multiple journeys, may they be actual or virtual. Phil Luithlen - "Non-Designer" Phil Luithlen has a vision to create an aesthetically sophisticated and equally functional environment for the modern individual- one of the guiding ideas of the BAUHAUS movement at the time. The parallel is no coincidence. As most of the BAUHAUS movements teachers and students backround was rather divers, so is Phil Luithlen's background and his evolution of becoming a designer. As a natural scientist by educatation and a craftsman he never meant to design industrially for domestic interiors.