List of some of the most influential designers

Published: 06 April 2014 | by Estefany
List of some of the most influential designers
This is a huge compilation of some of the most important product designers, graphic designers, architects and other great professionals provided by the designmuseum.

Alvar Aalto

Architect (1898-1976)

The most important Finnish architect of the 20th century, he was a central figure in international modernism.

His greatest buildings, like the 1927 Viipuri Library and 1928 Paimio Sanatorium, fused the naturalism of Finnish romanticism with modernist ideals: as did his influential furniture and glassware.

Ron Arad

Product Designer and Architect (1951-)

Combining playful forms and experiments with advanced technologies, Ron has emerged as one of the most influential designers of our time.

Born in Tel Aviv, he moved to London in 1973 to study architecture and made his name in the early 1980s as a self-taught designer-maker of sculptural furniture.

Saul Bass

Graphic Designer (1920-1996)

Saul Bass (1920-1996) was not only one of the great graphic designers of the mid-20th century but the undisputed master of film title design thanks to his collaborations with Alfred Hitchcock, Otto Preminger and Martin Scorsese.

Manolo Blahnik

Shoe Designer (1942-)

Working alone without assistants or apprentices, Manolo Blahnik is solely responsible for the design of every one of the thousands of shoes that bear his name.

He has dominated shoe design since setting up in business in London in the early 1970s.

Isambard Kingdom Brunel

Design Engineer (1806-1859)

One of the great British engineers of the 19th century Isambard Kingdom Brunel built twenty-five railways lines, over a hundred bridges, including five suspension bridges, eight pier and dock systems, three ships and a pre-fabricated army field hospital.

Joshua Davis

Multimedia Designer

Joshua Davis pioneered web design in the early 1990s and is now a master of the medium through his commercial work for Kioken in New York and experimental projects such as PrayStation for which he won the Prix Ars Electronica 2001, the prestigious digital art prize.

Christian Dior

Fashion Designer (1905-1957)

The most influential fashion designer of the late 1940s and 1950s, Christian Dior (1905 to 1957) dominated fashion after World war II with the hourglass silhouette of his voluptuous New Look.

He also defined a new business model in the post-war fashion industry by establishing Dior as a global brand across a wide range of products.

John Galliano

Fashion Designer (1960-)

John Galliano is one of the most influential fashion designers of our time.

Born in Gibraltar, he grew up in London and launched his own label before becoming chief designer of France’s haute couture flagship, Christian Dior, in Paris.

Eileen Gray

Architect and Furniture Designer (1878-1976)

Neglected for most of her career, Eileen Gray is now regarded as one of the most important furniture designers and architects of the early 20th century and the most influential woman in those fields. Her work inspired both modernism and Art Deco.

Zaha Hadid

Architect (1950-)

The first woman to win the Pritzker Prize for Architecture in its 26 year history, Zaha Hadid has defined a radically new approach to architecture by creating buildings, such as the Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art in Cincinnati, with multiple perspective points and fragmented geometry to evoke the chaos of modern life.

Alexander McQueen

Fashion Designer (1969- )

Alexander McQueen burst onto the fashion stage in 1992, courting controversy as headlines hailed him as the new enfant terrible.

Though contentious and frequently misunderstood, he established the fashion label that is now internationally acclaimed and coveted without compromising his approach.

Vivienne Westwood

Fashion Designer (1941-)

Vivienne Westwood personifies the potent and subversive originality of British fashion.

Her continual exploration and reinterpretation of history, combined with a tireless individualism, has cemented her reputation as the UK’s most culturally significant fashion designer.

Robert Wilson

Theatre Director and Designer

Robert Wilson is a theatre director, artist and designer who fuses sound, image, text and movement to create extraordinarily evocative stage sets, exhibitions and installations. He is based in New York and Long Island.

Irma Boom

Book Designer (1960-)

Many of the most beautiful books to have been designed in recent years are the work of Irma Boom.

Born in Lochem, the Netherlands in 1960, Boom has won international acclaim for the iconoclastic beauty of her books.
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