Maison & Objet Americas – Rising American Talents – Staying true to the DNA of MAISON&OBJET of showcasing the best of upcoming, promising talent, six bright names will be honored and celebrated during the fair. The winners of the RISING TALENTS AWARDS are: Guilherme Wentz, Brazil / Samuel Amoia, USA / AD HOC, Mexico / Javier Gomez, Panama / Great things to People, Chile / Ben Medansky, USA.
Rising American Talents – Rising American Talents With a degree in Product Design from the University of Caxias do Sul, the 28-year-old designer based in São Paulo is known for his modern designs celebrating the simplicity of life with pieces that cater to the user’s lifestyle.
Wentz began his career working with luxury table wear brand Riva. Shortly after, Wentz went on to open his own design studio, winning awards including IDEA Brasil, Brazil Design Award and an iF Design Award.
In addition to running his own studio in Sao Paulo, he has worked with great Brazilian design companies such as lighting brand Lumini, for which he presented a special edition of 10 pieces with gold plated finishing’s and received another iF Design Award; Decameron, where he serves as the design brand’s Art Director and helped design and introduce its first collection for offices; and Eva, for which Wentz designed a series of wooden pieces, including his iconic Eva chair.
Samuel Amoia – USA East Coast
Rising American Talents – Based in New York, Samuel Amoia is known for his use of natural materials and innovative methods in furniture and interior design.
Amoia has been tapped by industry leaders around the globe including Ian Schrager, Hotels AB (Andre Balazs), and most recently Foundry Collective, with whom he worked on designs for Itz’ana Resort & Residences in Belize and also partnered with to design a custom collection called Itz’ana Home. He also has worked closely with interior designer Stephen Sills, hailed as one of the most influential forces in the field today.
Amoia is currently designing the iconic Indochine restaurant in Miami Beach, the new Delorenzo gallery space on Madison Avenue, and several other high end residential and commercial projects.
Alongside his youngest brother for the recently launched AMOIA Studio, Samuel will be designing exclusive and limited edition pieces for Delorenzo Gallery in NY, Dover Street Market NY, Jean de Merry (Dallas, LA, Chicago, NY), Soho House Berlin, and The Store by Alex Eagle in London. Clients include Stella McCartney, Calvin Klein, Dover Street Market, Neiman Marcus and Peter Marino.
Ad Hoc – Mexico
Rising American Talents – Industrial designer Juan José Nemer and architect Mauricio Álvarez, after graduating from Universidad Iberoamericana (Mexico City) in 2014 established AdHoc.
As an object, furniture, and space workshop, the studio designs and creates environments and pieces that dialogue with Mexico’s artisan legacy by highlighting the use of natural materials and manual processes in each of their products. Their work aims to make a statement about how the combination of technology and traditional techniques in contemporary design can pay an enormous aesthetic and functional dividend. A discourse that can be seen, for example, in their Antelmo tables, which feature a wooden-carved leg reassembling a molinillo, a traditional Mexican whisk.
The studio has participated in several international design shows such as Wanted Design NYC 2015, in Milan’s Fuori Salone 2015 (as part of the Mexican Pavilion), and most recently in Design Week Mexico, among others events.
Javier Gomez – Panama
Rising American Talents – Javier Gomez is an artist and photographer from Panama, based in New York. Gomez studied photography at New York University and the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art.
He has become known for photographing urban architecture and organic objects in a surreal and abstract way. Influenced by the principles of sacred geometry, Gomez accentuates color, volume and texture to blur the lines of nature and the abstract with familiar scenes.
He has since created his own aesthetic by observing organic objects as well as the architectural details of the world’s greatest buildings, translating these observations into bold, color-centric abstract works. Most recently some of thoseworks have been transposed into a new bed linen collection, JG home launched the fall of 2015.
Gomez’s list of high-profile clientele include Fendi Casa and BVLGARI, Cassina and Jamie Drake Interiors among others. His collectors include personalities such as Hilary Swank, Bill Clinton, Pelé, Colin Cowie, Dr. Phil, as well as private art collectors. Gomez is currently developing a rug collection and furniture line to be launched in Spring 2016.
Great things to People – Chile
Rising American Talents – An architecture, art and design studio, great things to People (or gt2P) was formed in 2009 in Santiago, Chile by partners Tamara Pérez, Sebastián Rozas, Guillermo Parada, Victor Imperiale and Eduardo Arancibia. The studio continuously researches and experiments with mixing digital fabrication and traditional, lo-tech knowledge; a concept they call Paracrafting.
This approach brings together the know-how of Chilean artisans with digital technologies in design and manufacturing. The resulting practice produces DNA to generate families of products in both personalized and series ways; everything from geometric bronze vessels to ribbed, undulating walls, modular furniture systems, and lighting in Porcelain cloth casted mixed with Lava.
Through their approaches, the studio seeks to promote new encounters between the technologies for projecting and the richness of the local expressed in traditional materials and techniques.
gt2P work is represented by the New Yorker gallery Friedman Benda since 2015. In 2016, gt2P will be launching the Tarrugao collection for Capellini during New York Design Week 2016. Previous shows/exhibitions gt2P have participated at include: MAD NY, Design Miami with Friedman Benda 2015, Cappellini Milan 2014, PAD London and Paris with Galerie Gosserez 2014, Rossana Orlandi Milan 2013 and more.
Ben Medansky – USA West Coast
Rising American Talents Ben Me- dansky is a ceramicist. Originally inspired by the blue skies and soaring mineral formations of his home state of Arizona, he went on to study at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Upon moving to Los Angeles in 2010, Ben worked under a number of prominent artists including Peter Shire, Anthony Pierson, Shio Kusaka and the Haas Brothers. In the Summer of 2012, Ben, only 24 years old, created Ben Medansky Ceramics in his Los Angeles studio.
Influenced by his landscapes from Arizona to LA, his work explores variations on radial symmetry and grids while utilizing a limited color palette; an experiment in mimicking strong forms out of a fragile material. The output is a meditation on minimalism and mechanics, re-mastered in earthen and eternal material.
Medansky’s pieces are collected worldwide and include Sculptural Objects, limited run daily wares and Instruments of Peace. All work is designed and crafted by hand – wheel thrown or hand built, never slip casted or mass produced from a mold – from his workshop in downtown Los Angeles.