See Who Architectural Digest Has Chosen As Asia’s Design Influencers – From renowned designers to artists and even PR that are passionate about the world of decor, these inspiring design influencers from Asia have been influencing every single aspect of the city’s interior design industry.
Like every year, the Architectural Digest magazine has presented their incredible AD 200 Influencers list, that includes some of the best inspirations for the design industry. From renowned interior designers to artists and even journalist that are passionate about the world of decor, these inspiring design influencers from Asia have been influencing every single aspect of the city’s interior design industry. Discover who are the top Asian influencers selected by the Architectural Digest Magazine!
Daughter of the famous painter Balthus and Japanese artist Setsuko Ideta, Harumi Klossowska de Rola, grew up surrounded by art, literally. Since her early years, spent in Villa Medici in Rome, she always loved to express her artistic self. After a few years spent working with John Galliano, Harumi started creating her first line of jewelry, loosely inspired by a collection of oriental buttons and ribbons her mother kept in a drawer. In 2008, she created her first pieces of “Haute Joillerie“, a commission by Boucheron to celebrate the brand’s 150thanniversary. This first collection sets the beginning of a new path, as Harumi starts experimenting with precious metals and gems.
The natural world with its flora, fauna and some fascinating beasts, has always been a recurring theme and source of inspiration in Harumi’s work. More than a collection, these jewels by Harumi Klossowska de Rola constitute a fauna, at once alive & petrified, mysterious & familiar. A world out of which spring creatures of wood & gold, dreamed of between Europe & Japan, tamed by the mind and then entrusted to the meticulous craftsmanship of certain Franco-Swiss artisans. Now miracles of sculptural jewelry, they turn bodies into chic jungles, where lions come roaring, dragons alight, diamonds sparkle & horses rear up. They are unique, wild & delicate. Their beauty is as their signature: new but timeless.
Also known as AMKK (Toshin, Hanazono Institute) is a group that develops experimental creations based on the flower and plant of flower artist Toshin (Azuma Makoto). They are focused on increasing the value of plants and flowers by finding the most mysterious forms they have, transforming them into an artistic level, and expressing them. Born in 1976, Azuma Makoto has been working with delicate flowers since 2002. He pursued the possibility of expression by plants and started modeling expression = Botanical Sculpture, which can be called sculpture, and began to attract attention from overseas. Starting with his solo exhibition in New York.
Azuma Makoto has presented many experimental works in Paris, Dusseldorf, etc. In addition, the flower artist launched an experimental plant group “Toshin, Hanaki Institute (AMKK) ” in 2009, Milan, Belgium, and Shanghai. He has been presenting works in museums, art galleries and public spaces in Mexico. Recently, they have vigorously developed projects that make use of flowers in various situations on earth that cannot exist in nature.
Hankook Kim is the CEO and co-founder of Gentle Monster, a hot eyewear brand that creates and develops unique retail spaces to sell their wares launched in 2011 in South Korea. Their incredible eyewear collection has made an impact on fashion-forward consumers; it’s one of the fastest trending brands in Asia. Each Gentle Monster store highlights a story around a particular space focusing more on experiential retail than the eyewear it displays and sells within its walls.
Kim focuses on unpredictability as his secret weapon when developing and creating installations for each store. What makes Gentle Monster different than other eyewear brands is its creative and intellectual retail strategy; their conceptualized outlets are truly something to behold.
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