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In Cahoots 2014 featuring My Brightest Diamond and Migguel Angelo (photo by Ara Howrani)
About the 2014 Presenters
Left to right: David Adjaye (Photo by Jeff Sauers); Knoll Chairs designed by David Adjaye (Courtesy of Knoll); Gregory Library by Adjaye Associates (Photo by Jeff Sauers)
London and New York based David Adjaye OBE, Principal Architect of Adjaye Associates
is one of the leading architects of his generation. Adjaye was born in Tanzania to Ghanaian parents and his influences range from contemporary art, music and science to African art forms and the civic life of cities. In 1994 he set up his first office, where his ingenious use of materials and his sculptural ability established him as an architect with an artist ́s sensibility and vision. He reformed his studio as Adjaye Associates in 2000 and immediately won several prestigious commissions. In Oslo he designed the Nobel Peace Centre in the shell of a disused railway station (completed in 2005). In London his design for the Whitechapel Idea Store pioneered a new approach to the provision of information services (2005). Later projects in London included the Stephen Lawrence Centre, with teaching and community spaces (2007), Rivington Place, an exhibition venue and resource centre (2007), and the Bernie Grant Centre for the performing arts (2007). Adjaye Associates now has offices in London, Berlin, New York and Accra and is working on projects throughout the world. In the United States, Adjaye was the designer of a new home for the Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver (2007), two public libraries in Washington DC (2012), as well as several innovative residential projects. In 2009 a team led by Adjaye was selected to design the new $360 million Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture on the National Mall in Washington DC. Adjaye Associates ́ largest completed project to date is the £160 million Moscow School of Management Skolkovo (2010).
is the recipient of the 2011 National Design Award for Corporate and Institutional Achievement from the Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum. Since 1938, Knoll has been recognized internationally for creating workplace and residential furnishings that inspire, evolve, and endure. Today, its commitment to modern design, understanding of the workplace, and dedication to sustainable design have yielded a unique portfolio of products that respond and adapt to changing needs. Knoll is aligned with the U.S. Green Building Council and the Canadian Green Building Council and can help companies achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design LEED workplace certification. Knoll is the founding sponsor of the World Monuments Fund Modernism at Risk initiative.
Fernando and Humberto Campana
Left to right: Fernando and Humberto Campana; the Alligator Sofa (Photos © Fernando Laszlo); NEW Hotel reception area by the Campana Brothers (courtesy Yes Hotels)
Founded in 1983 in Sao Paulo by brothers Fernando (born 1961) and Humberto (born 1953) Campana, Estudio Campana
became famous for its furniture design and the creation of intriguing objects such as the Vermelha and Favela chairs and has grown to include Interior Design, Architecture, Landscaping, Scenography, Fashion, Artistic Partnerships and more. The Campanas work incorporates the idea of transformation, reinvention and the integration of craftsmanship in mass production. Giving preciousness to common materials carries not only the creativity in their design but also their very Brazilian characteristics – the colors, the mixtures, the creative chaos, the triumph of simple solutions. Companies such as Alessi, Artecnica, Bernardaud, Baccarat, Corsi Design, Consentino, Edra, Grendene, H Stern, Lacoste, Louis Vuitton, Nodus, Magis, Moleskine, Plus Design, Skitsch, Trousseau, Venini and others produce the ideas materialized by the team at the studio, which also signs its own line of limited numbered editions and unique pieces often crafted in partnership with artisan communities and NGOs. These special editions are represented by international galleries including Friedman Benda, Galleria O, Carpenters Workshop Gallery, Firma Casa and Kreo. Campana pieces are included in the permanent collections of the MoMa in New York, the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, the Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein, the Museum of Modern Art in Sao Paulo and also the Musée Les Arts Décoratifs in Paris. The brothers were honored with the Designer of the Year award in 2008 by Design Miami and the Designers of the Year Maison & Objet award in 2012. That same year they were selected for the Comité Colbert Prize in Paris, honored at Beijing Design Week, received the Order of Cultural Merit in Brasilia and were awarded the Order of Arts and Letters by the Minister of Culture in France.
Left to right: Theaster Gates performs with Ebony Magazine (courtesy of the MCA Chicago); The Listening Room DJ booth (Photo by Robert Wade); Theaster Gates Raising Goliath, 2012 (Courtesy of the artist and White Cube
Artist and innovator in the field of social practice, Theaster Gates
is internationally known for his work on the South Side of Chicago, including Dorchester Projects, Black Cinema House, and the upcoming Stony Island Arts Bank and Dorchester Artists Housing Collaborative. Founder of the non- profit Rebuild Foundation, Gates’ work both in museums and in communities responds creatively to the challenges of space. In 2013, Gates opened the Arts Incubator in Washington Park, a vision he developed as Director of Arts + Public Life at the University of Chicago. The renovated building is now home to artist residencies, a design apprenticeship program, exhibitions, performances and talks. The Arts Incubator has received numerous awards including the Urban Land Institute Chicago Vision Award for Programming, the South East Chicago Commission Connecting Communities through the Arts Award, and the Robert E. Gard Wisconsin Idea Foundation Award for Excellence. Gates’s recent exhibition and performance venues include the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; Whitechapel Gallery, London; Punta della Dogana, Venice; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Santa Barbara Museum of Art; and Documenta 13, Kassel, Germany; among others.
Left to right: David Stark (Photo by Seth Smoot); Installation at the New York Public Library (Photo by Gustavo Campos); David Stark for Benjamin Moore at DIFFA 2013 Dining by Design (Photo by Gustavo Campos)
New York-based event producer, designer, and five-time author David Stark
is renowned for his work as President and Creative Director of David Stark Design and Production. This full-service event design and planning firm is celebrated for the innovative, imaginative events it creates for a wide range of high-wattage celebrity clients such as Beyoncé Knowles, Martha Stewart, Mariska Hargitay, Glenn Close and Jon Stewart, major corporations such as Target, TBS and Condé Nast, as well as high-visibility fund- raising galas for the nation’s most elite not-for-profit organizations including The Museum of Modern Art, The Whitney Museum of American Art, and The Metropolitan Opera. Stark and his team have also created limited edition collections of exclusive merchandise for Bergdorf Goodman, West Elm, and New York City’s Haus Interiors.
Shara Worden / My Brightest Diamond
received a BA in Opera from the University of North Texas. After moving to New York, she began studying composition with composer/performer Padma Newsome (Clogs, The National). During this time she composed music for several off-Broadway theater productions. In 2004, she assembled a band, My Brightest Diamond, and released Bring Me The Workhorse (2006), A Thousand Shark’s Teeth (2008) and All Things Will Unwind (2011) and the upcoming This is my Hand (2014) on Asthmatic Kitty Records. Recent years have found Worden in the role of composer as much as songwriter. She recently composed a baroque opera, You Us We All, that was co-produced by Hamburg International Summer Festival and deSingel International Arts Campus and will be performed again at the Holland Festival in 2014. She has also received commissions from yMusic, Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Young New Yorkers’ Chorus, Brooklyn Rider, and Nadia Sirota. Additionally, many composers, songwriters and filmmakers have sought out Worden’s distinctive voice, including David Lang, Sarah Kirkland Snider, Sufjan Stevens, The Decemberists, David Byrne & Fatboy Slim, as well as Matthew Barney & Jonathan Bepler. In 2012, Worden was the recipient of the Kresge Artist Fellowship in the performing arts.
Venezuelan-born/Brooklyn based Migguel Anggelo
cut his teeth in the worlds of musical theater and opera. His creative career began as an actor and dancer at age 13, performing in such acclaimed, touring South American productions as Pinocchio, West Side Story, The Sound of Music, and Fame. Highly regarded for his acting, singing, and dance skills, Migguel Anggelo trained for eleven years in classical ballet and studied opera at The Conservatory of Music in Cologne, Germany. Upon relocating to the United States, Anggelo began performing and recording works by Latin American greats like Agustin Lara and Astor Piazzolla and original compositions that explore topics like Frida Kahlo and dictatorship. He has performed on many of the world’s greatest stages, including Teatro Teresa Carreño in Caracas, Venezuela; Teatro Insurgentes in Mexico City; Teatro Gran Rex in Buenos Aires, Argentina; Burgen Zentrum Theater in Cologne, Germany; the New World Center in Miami, Florida; and the Brooklyn Academy of Music in Brooklyn, NY. In 2011, Anggelo released his first CD, DONDE ESTARA MATISSE. His most recent project, LA CASA AZUL, will be launched in 2014.