5 Architects Who Shaped Our Interiors London Festival of Architecture Special

What fuels our passion for design? A pioneering structure formed from the imagination of a creative genius. A design that teases us with its exquisite shape and slender form, igniting our design desires. So what happens when architects try their hands at product design?

In light of this year’s London Festival of Architecture we thought we would explore the creative’s who flourished in both industrial and product development. Using their innovative imaginations and engineering expertise, some of the industry’s most significant figures have successfully transitioned from architect to masters of miniature design. Who may you ask? Let’s take a look.

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

Born in 1886, Ludwig of German heritage began his career as an architect shortly after World War 1. In a time of destruction and devastation, Ludwig established himself as a reputable architect, creating structures such as the German Pavilion for the 1992 Barcelona exposition. After an extensive career as an architect he transferred his talents to product design, thus creating some of the sectors most internationally adored pieces we know and love today. Without doubt Ludwigs partnership with Knoll credits his talents as a product designer. His famous Barcelona chair stands the test of time with it still being adored decades after its birth. His transition from architect to designer is not one to be unnoticed, but one to most certainly be celebrated.

Barcelona Pavillion

The Barcelona Pavillion


Barcelona Lounge Chair

Barcelona Lounge Chair


Antonio Citterio

Who you may ponder? That’s right Antonio Citterio. Before becoming the creative forefront of Italian manufacturer B&B Italia, Antonio projected his artistic mindset into industrial structures, taking his creative talents to new heights. Prior to producing an incredible range of contemporary seating solutions including the renowned Charles sofa and Grand Repos, Antonio designed buildings from 1987 to 1996 across Europe and Japan. In recent years Antonio has been known to conceive some particularly lavish buildings, including an exquisite glass arte tower based in Florida.

Taichung Tower

Treasure Garden – Taichung


Maxalto Febo Chaise

Febo Chaise Longue


Zaha Hadid

Celebrated for her innovative approach to industrial production, Zaha Hadid was the first female to ever achieve the Pritzker Architecture Prize, establishing her as a credible figure within the sector. In an industry dominated by men, she thrived producing some of the world’s most controversial and unique buildings. With her engineering intelligence and fearless approach to design, Zaha went on to produce some incredible pieces for the retail sector. Her Slamp lighting collection characterises her courageous desires to be different, consisting of an exquisite range of unconventional lighting solutions which play homage to Zahas architectural masterpieces.

London Aquatic Centre

London Aquatic Centre


Slamp Aria Pendant Light

Aria Pendant Light


Born in 1956, Piero Lissoni has had an extensive career in architecture and product design. Throughout tenure as both architect and designer, Piero’s been the creative mastermind behind some of the worlds most treasured creations. His signature style boasts contemporary essence, which resonates in both his interiors and industrial productions. Piero has since been established as art director for some of the design sectors leading players and has products featured in the collections of Cappellini, Cassina, Flos, Fritz Hansen, Glas Italia and Knoll International . His contribution to design has been as opulent as his role in architecture, birthing stunning designs including the invigorating Grasshopper tables and stylish storage systems.

Casa Fantini, Pella

Casa Fantini – Pella


Matrioska Credenza

Matrioska Credenza


Jean Prouvé

A metal worker, product designer and self taught architect, French creative Jean Prouvé left his mark on almost every aspect of design and architecture throughout his career. Before becoming famous for his iconic Vitra re-editions, Jean trained as a metal artisan where he later established his own workshop. His fixation on slender and defined shapes transitioned across his work, implementing the same design rationale on his interiors as he did his architectural projects.

Prouve Petrol Station - Vitra

Petrol Station – Vitra Campus


Prouve Standard Chair by Vitra

Standard Dining Chair


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