Product Design, 40 under 40, 2012

Andrei Zerebecky and Lukasz Kos  , Product Design, 40 under 40 2012
Andrei Zerebecky and Lukasz Kos
Four o nine

Shanghai-based design firm Four o nine, co-founded by Andrei Zerebecky and Lukasz Kos just a year ago, has garnered substantial successes in the country with their minimalist yet sophisticated design sensibility. Their first furniture line was chosen to be showcased at 100% Design Shanghai 2011, while their past work has been recognized internationally by renowned design publishers Thames Hudson, Lawrence King, Gestalten and Braun, among many others. Prior to Four o nine, the duo – both obtained their Master of Architecture degrees from the University of Toronto – have worked in international architecture and design offices, including Gehry Partners, Gehry Technologies, Bruce Mau Design and B+H Architects.
Jiang Qiong-er , Product Design, 40 under 40 2012
Jiang Qiong-er
Shang Xia

As a young contemporary designer, Jiang Qiong Er has gained an international reputation by infusing the subtlety, beauty, and heritage of Chinese culture into her work. At Shang Xia, an independent Chinese lifestyle and home furnishing brand, she oversees a team of designers who create collections that blend Asian heritage and innovation. Born into a family of artist-creators in Shanghai, Jiang's father, Xing Tong He, is the architect of the Shanghai Museum. As an artist herself, Jiang has exhibited in Switzerland, the US and France. Her work can also be found in museum collections She was formerly creative director of Hermès windows in China; and together with the luxury brand, set up Shang Xia.
Michael Yeung , Product Design, 40 under 40 2012
Michael Yeung

Specialising in drawing and sculpture at the University of Calgary, Michael Yeung developed his core design philosophy of 『furniture as functional art' while honing his design skills while still at college. His work, taking inspiration from the automation and aviation industries, is characterised by fragmented, spatial geometry and bold fluid forms with a surreal touch. Shortly after graduation in 2005, Yeung was talent-spotted by luxury lifestyle and furniture company Halo and has designed various iconic products – the Mars chair included – for the brand since then . His Tomcat chair took the title of The Most Innovative Product Design at the Luxuria Awards in 2010 and last year, Yeung launched his own collection under his own name.
Sangwoo Nam , Product Design, 40 under 40 2012
Sangwoo Nam

Selected as one of the 『Next Generation Design Leaders' by the Korean Institute of Design Promotion in 2009, Korea-born product designer Sangwoo Nam established Appree in 2008, offering a variety of nature-inspired office supplies. Now available in over 20 countries through a worldwide distribution network, Nam's designs not only are regularly exhibited at international trade fairs like Maison & Objet (France) and Ambiente (Germany), but have also won him accolades. These include the Red-dot Concept Design Award (2006) as well as the gold prizes at the Samsung Kappa Watch Design Competition (2005), the Silver Design Competition (2005) and the Buddhism Culture Product Design Competition (2008).