You've already met the majority of this year's Core77 Design Awards jury captains in our first two announcements (here and here). As you know, these are the people that will be critiquing your work when you enter the Design Awards, which you should definitely do before March 20th. We're pleased to round out our search for the most prominent voices in contemporary design with the final five captains: Alongside their handpicked jury teams, these all-stars will be judging the Consumer Products, Furniture & Lighting, Soft Goods, Interaction and Transportation categories.
Never fear—there's more excitement to be had. Stay tuned for our final jury team announcement coming this week.
CONSUMER PRODUCTSLocation: New York, NY, USA
» Johan LidenAruliden
// Principal of Industrial Design
Originally from Sweden, Johan began his U.S. experience by helping build fuseproject, a San Francisco based design firm, where he worked for clients such as Birkenstock, Nike, BMW, Nissan Herman Miller, Hewlett Packard, Microsoft and Toshiba. Johan later joined MAC Cosmetics, a division of the Estee Lauder Group, where he was responsible for developing multiple product lines. He was also invited to develop special product categories, including the Sean Jean fragrance, resulting in one of the most successful fragrance introductions to date. He was then recruited by Nike's Converse division, where he was responsible for shaping some of the most successful products we see today in the marketplace. Johan's work has been internationally recognized in museums, press and competitions alike.
FURNITURE & LIGHTINGLocation: Beijing, China
» Naihan LiNaihan Li & Co
Naihan moved to Beijing in the mid-80s and went on to study design and architecture at London's Bartlett School of Architecture (University College of London). Naihan returned to Beijing in 2004 to work in the studio of Ai Weiwei as coordinator for the Jinhua Architectural Park development in Zhejiang Province. Naihan opened her Beijing-based furniture design studio, NAIHAN LI & Co., in 2010 with the production of her first series of furniture The CRATES, which was nominated for the 2012 Design of the Year Award by the Design Museum in London. In 2012, Naihan collaborated with Melbourne-based Broached Commissions to produce the Armillary Whisky Bar, which led to her new series of hardwood furniture I AM A MONUMENT. In 2013, CRATES was featured in the inaugural collection exhibition of the Sifang Art Museum. Naihan was a featured designer at the 2011 Beijing Design Week and in 2012 and 2013 she produced a special exhibition that featured her RAWR innovation lab projects, the Caochangdi Pavillion projects designed by Ai Weiwei (2012) and Liu Wei (2013). She will have her first gallery exhibition in Los Angeles in March of 2014.