Architect and researcher Anna Barbara studied Architecture at the Politecnico di Milano, where she has been a professor of Sensorial Design and Architecture and is currently an Architectural Design researcher. She has also taught at the Università dell'Immagine and NABA (Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti.) Currently, Anna Barbara is the director of the Fashion School and Masters in Textile Design program at Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti in Milan. She also designs temporary mobile architecture such as the Polycarbonate House in Tokyo. At the heart of her interests lies the relationship between the senses and space, textiles and architecture, and the most effective means to utilize time in designing space.
Carlos Benaïm, VP, Perfumer at International Flavors and Fragrances Inc., credits the scent of Moroccan orange blossoms as the inspiration for his professional path, which has been truly extraordinary. Over the span of more than 40 years, his portfolio includes venerated classics such as Ralph Lauren Polo and Eternity for Men, alongside with current trendsetters like Viktor&Rolf Flowerbomb and Armani Code Donna. The richness of Mr. Benaïm's oeuvre has been recognized by the American Society of Perfumers Lifetime Achievement Award, the highest honor in the industry. Still, his main muse remains the beauty of the world around him—a flower, a poem, a sculpture, a memory.
Ayse Birsel is Co-founder and Creative Director of Birsel + Seck, an empathy driven product design studio in New York City that partners with Fortune 500 clients to bring innovation to market. Her work is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art and Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum and has received numerous awards, including the IDEA Gold and ID Magazine Excellence Awards. She is the recipient of the 2001 Young Designer Award from the Brooklyn Museum of Art and the 2008 Rhode Island School of Design's Athena Award in Furniture Design. Ayse grew up in Izmir, Turkey and originally came to the United States as a Fulbright Scholar.
From 2001 to 2008 she was Executive Director of the non-profit she founded: Sustainable South Bronx—where she pioneered green-collar job training and placement systems in one of the most environmentally and economically challenged parts of the US. This MacArthur "genius" is now president of her own economic consulting firm, Majora Carter Group, LLC, a co-host on Sundance Channel's The Green, and host of a new special public radio series called, The Promised Land (thepromisedland.org). Her work includes advising cities, foundations, universities, businesses, and communities around the world on unlocking their green-collar economic potential to benefit everyone.
Zoë Coombes and David Boira are the principals of Commonwealth- a furniture design studio based in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Harnessing a new fluidity enabled by machine languages, Boira and Coombes' interests are as material and emotional as they are technical. Working within the worlds of contemporary art and industrial furniture design, Commonwealth aims to produce work that embodies a sense of elegant desire through an engagement with both the newest of tools and the oldest of techniques.
Jean-louis Frechin is a DPLG architect and a graduate of the ENSCI. While working for INESC, a computer research institute in Lisbon, he discovered the fertility of drawing together design and computer science. Jean-louis is recognized as a front-runner in digital design. In 1998 he founded the digital design studio at the ENSCI / les Ateliers in Paris, which he still heads. Three years later he and Uros Petrevski founded NoDesign, a digital design office specializing in creation, innovation and strategic thinking for information technologies and interactions in industrial and cultural projects.
C. William Hanson, III
C. William Hanson, III, MD, is Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care, Surgery and Internal Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Hanson has extensive experience in medical informatics and was Visiting Professor in the Princeton University Department of Computer Science. His research using "electronic nose" technology to detect diseases such as pneumonia by breath analysis has been featured in Scientific American. He recently published The Edge of Medicine: The Technology That Will Change Our Lives, a non-fiction book profiling innovations in biotechnology that are changing the delivery of medical care.
Dr. Rachel Herz, Ph.D is a leading expert in the psychological science of olfaction, and has been conducting research on the sense of smell for 20 years. She is the author of The Scent of Desire: Discovering Our Enigmatic Sense of Smell, and a professor at Brown University. Rachel has published over 55 original research papers and contributed numerous chapters to college textbooks and academic anthologies. She consults for the world's leading multinational fragrance and flavor companies, and is frequently called upon as an expert witness in cases involving the sense of smell. She is currently working on a second book, which further explores the connection between our senses, motivations, behavior and emotion.
Sylvia Lavin, Professor and Director of Critical Studies and MA/PhD programs at UCLA, is known both for her scholarship and her criticism in contemporary architecture and design. She has been a visiting professor at Harvard, Princeton, Columbia and elsewhere, writes for an international spectrum of journals and has two books forthcoming, The Flash in the Pan and Other Forms of Architectural Contemporaneity and Kissing Architecture. Lavin is also a curator of experimental work in architecture and design: recent and upcoming exhibitions include Craig Hodgetts, Playmaker ACE Galleries, Los Angeles and Storefront for Architecture, Take Note at the Canadian Center for Architecture, Montreal, Greg Lynn Form's Fountain of Toys, The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles.
Toshiko Mori is the Robert P. Hubbard Professor in the Practice of Architecture at Harvard University Graduate School of Design and was chair of the Department of Architecture from 2002 to 2008. She is principal of Toshiko Mori Architect, which she established in 1981 in New York City. Current projects include urban infrastructure and masterplans for universities and public projects. Mori's broad research-based approach to design has been commended in awards and invitations to lectures and exhibitions around the world. In 2005, she received the Academy Award in Architecture from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Medal of Honor from the AIA New York Chapter. In 2009 she established a think tank, VisionArc.
Susana Soares is Senior Lecturer at London South Bank University within the Department of Engineering and Design. She is also part of the Royal College of Art / EPSRC Impact project and research fellow from "Material Beliefs", based at Goldsmiths University of London. Susana has a MA Design Interactions at Royal College of Art, London, UK. Previously she graduated in Product Design from ESAD, Portugal. Her most recent work aims to develop collaborative relations between scientific research and design. Susana's projects have been exhibited and published internationally and are in the permanent collection of MoMA.
Sissel Tolaas is an artist and researcher from Norway and Iceland who since 1987 is based in Berlin. After studying mathematics, chemical science, linguistics, languages and visual art, Sissel has concentrated on the topic of smell and relationship between smell and language. Supported by International Flavors & Fragrances, she established the RE_searchLab Berlin, which is focused on smell and communication/language in 2004. Sissel collaborates with and consults for numerous partners such as BBC Imagineering, London; Sony Computer Science Lab, Paris; IFF Inc. New York; Statoil New Energy Program, Norway; and many others.
Marije Vogelzang invented her job as an eating designer after graduating the Design Academy in 2000. In 2004, she founded Proef - a place to eat in Rotterdam and a design studio/restaurant in Amsterdam. The basis for her work is the verb 'to eat'. Respecting the nature of food and creating experiences that touch the subject of food starting from seed and going to shit, Vogelzang bridges the culinary world with the design world. Besides her design work for hospitals, museums and restaurants, she consults and lectures around the world. She recently published the book EAT LOVE about her work and philosophy.
Leslie B. Vosshall
Leslie B. Vosshall is Chemers Family Associate Professor and Head of the Laboratory of Neurogenetics and Behavior at The Rockefeller University. She conducted postdoctoral training with Richard Axel at Columbia and joined the Rockefeller faculty in 2000. The goal of the Vosshall laboratory is to understand how olfactory signals in the environment that signal food, danger or potential mating partners modulate animal behavior. Working with Drosophila melanogaster fruit flies, mosquitoes and human subjects, Dr. Vosshall's research has yielded new knowledge about how odor stimuli are processed and perceived. Dr. Vosshall is a recipient of awards from, among others, the John Merck, Beckman, and McKnight Foundations.
A self-proclaimed gypsy, Celine Barel radiates passion and vivacity in her continued quest to discover new creative inspirations. They can stem from diverse sources—the jasmine of her native home in the south of France, 19th century literature, the flavors of Mediterranean cuisine, or Raoul Dufy's paintings. Her background in fashion gives Ms. Barel a unique perspective on understanding trends in the fragrance industry and provides another rich source of inspiration. Working with IFF since 2001, Ms. Barel has channelled her creativity and enthusiasm to co-author fragrances like Jo Malone Vanilla & Absinthe and David Beckham Signature Story for Him.
While all perfumers are trained to understand the properties of essences used in their daily work, Yves Cassar's ability to perceive the facets of natural fragrance materials is unique. With 20 years of experience in fine fragrance behind him, Mr. Cassar describes the properties of oils and absolutes like a sommelier might explain wines; he then molds their form like a sculptor might work with marble. Mr. Cassar's ability to unlock the beauty of raw materials is evident in his creations, such as Quizás, quizás, quizás Loewe, Tom Ford for Men and Harajuku Lovers Love, among many others.
By becoming a perfumer, Jean-Marc Chaillan has maintained a venerable family tradition, since his father Raymond is considered a legend in the industry. Nevertheless, Mr. Chaillan's exuberant style is uniquely his own. Likewise, Mr. Chaillan's buoyant personality, remarkable warmth and infectious enthusiasm are among his most distinctive traits, all of which find their way into his work and inspire his colleagues. He believes that while perfumery is an art, it is based on science, thus offering a special opportunity to delve into both spheres. Mr. Chaillan has worked on fragrances like Hugo Boss Baldessarini, DKNY Delicious Night and Sean John I am King.
Loc Dong draws upon his rich cultural background to compose his fragrance palette. Born in Saigon, he had planned to continue in the footsteps of his grandfather, a traditional herbalist, by studying medicine. Yet, a summer job in a fragrance laboratory changed his career trajectory. Nevertheless, perfumery maintains an essential link with Mr. Dong's heritage, as his fascination with scents was awaken by the aromatic herbs used in his grandfather's preparations. Mr. Dong's vibrant and elegant style of perfumery is illustrated by his work on Calvin Klein Euphoria and Marc Jacobs for Women.
A perfumer, a chemist, a surfer, Clément Gavarry presents an exciting blend of creativity and acumen for both art and science. Having joined IFF in 1996 to study analytical and olfactive quality control, he soon discovered his true passion for fragrance creation. Soon afterwards his unique artistic vision was recognized by The Fashion Group International Rising Star Award. Indeed, the fragrances Mr. Gavarry helped to create often reflect his multifaceted style—the elegant refinement of Prada Ambra Pura, the effervescent allure of Matthew Williamson Fragrance, and the coquettish femininity of Sarah Jessica Parker Lovely.
The fine craftsmanship Pascal Gaurin brings to his work is linked to his interest in fashion and luxury goods. At the same time, he draws inspiration from his diverse background—having been raised in Paris, he has lived and worked for IFF on three continents and has traveled extensively throughout the world. This rich tapestry of influences lends a singular finesse to Mr. Gaurin's body of work, which includes fragrances such as the award-winning Arden Beauty, Tom Ford Black Violet and Vera Wang Men. Outside of perfumery, he is most passionate about his family--his wife, daughter and son.
Laurent Le Guernec
Even as a young perfumer, Laurent Le Guernec has received numerous accolades for his elegant renditions of white floral bouquets, including the prestigious FiFi Award for Michael by Michael Kors. Having begun his career at Laboratoire Monique Rémy in Grasse, France, one of the leading manufacturers of natural materials, he remains moved by beautiful floral notes. Simultaneously, his intense desire to attempt novel combinations propels him to explore other concepts such as Hugo Boss Pure, Marc Jacobs Rain and Christian Lacroix Absinthe. In addition, he has collaborated with the niche house Bond No 9 to create several original fragrances.
Bruno Jovanovic's passion for scents has been evident since his childhood, as he remembers stealing roses from his grandparents' garden in former Yugoslavia for his fragrant concoctions. His innate curiosity, vivid imagination and boundless energy has led him on a relentless pursuit of novel olfactory expressions ever since his first job with Drom Fragrances in Munich and later, with IFF New York. Whether he is working on a femme fatale fragrance like Armani Onde Extase or a streamlined elegance concept like Porsche Design, Mr. Jovanovic's ability to give an olfactory expression to an abstract idea never fails to amaze.