With Steve Jobs gone, and everyone alert to the slightest Apple miss-step, Ive is now facing greater public scrutiny. Little surprise then that Ive recruited Newson to help out with the design of Apple Watch. Twins Nikolai and Simon began life as Texan builders with a Hollywood twist, but their skill and experimental approach saw them branch out into design at the turn of the decade.
Craig Bassam and Scott Fellows are masters of understated luxury. Having given Dutch Design capital letters, Droog has grown into a mini-empire. This year he added something new to the list, working with bentwood for the first time in a collection produced for Salone for the Czech company TON. He recently launched his own label, Auto-Edition.
Newson already had watch experience, launching the Ikepod line in the 1990s. Hong Kong-based since 2006, Young has successfully married Chinese manufacturing capacity to his refined Old World design aesthetic.
She also has her own brand of precious and whimsical furniture. Industrial designer Rasmussen is brand director at Neal Feay, which specialises in anodised aluminium creations. Grawunder worked with Ettore Sottsass before going solo in 2001.
Hayon has long been revered for his radical embrace of colour, decoration and cartoon-figure curves. Registration is required to download the wallpapers. They bring a strong playful sensibility to their designs, creating products for the likes of Moooi, Thonet, Kartell, Moroso and Porro.
Based in Philadelphia, he is as much an entrepreneur as he is a designer, having built the company up from a small Brooklyn start-up to a respected handmade furniture empire, with a Milan outpost and its own general store, within ten years. A 20-sided wireless speaker for Binauric was another 2015 coup.
He also created an island of luxury residences in Abu Dhabi, the chic SoHo Synagogue in Manhattan, and is venturing into skyscraper design. A product launch seen by 4.
The Brazilian designer spent his formative years working with Sergio Rodrigues before opening his studio in 2011. He has also collaborated with Kvadrat and British interiors brand Linley.
He is now opening an office in Shenzhen. She has just released a line of rugs with Maharam. The pair are also long time pals.