INDEX Laura Umansky
Laura Umansky is an interior designer who brings her signature aesthetic to luxury international residences, fashion-forward hospitality interiors, and high-style corporate offices. Her classic architectural education and international design experience is channeled into each and every design decision. At Laura U, Inc. she leads a talented team focusing on turn-key interior design solutions. Over the last five years, Laura U, Inc. has won 12 ASID awards. Laura Umansky has been recognized by the interior design industry through additional awards: ASID Presidential Citation, Houston Design Center’s Inaugural Stars on the Rise, Houston Business Journal’s Top 40 Under 40, and Luxe magazine’s National Gold List. Laura received her Master of Architecture degree from the University of Houston and her BA from the University of Texas (Austin). She is an Allied Member of ASID and an Associate Member of AIA. Currently, Laura is designing luxury residences throughout the US and bringing new hospitality concepts to life.
MSWW - Ministerstwo Spraw We Wnetrzach (in easy translation—Ministry of Interior Affairs) is a interior desing studio founded by Magdalena Konopka and Marcin Konopka. MSWW works mainly in the area of the Tri-City in Poland (Gdansk, Sopot, Gdynia). Nevertheless, also takes actions located away from our region—also abroad. They devote
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their energy and engagement into smuggling beauty to the space of everyday life. Their aim is to shape places where living, eating, working and leisure have their own, special and individual dimension. They see interiors as a mosaique of elements that try to arrange into a harmonious entirety. To gain proper effect MSWW deal with designing furniture, lighting, crafts as well as other activities that fit into the space or stay on the fringe of design. The area of MSWW activities includes interior design seen from a wide perspective. MSWW design is mainly a contemporary style with a touch of old times and class. It has also a wise look to the future, modernity, and futurism. Those things create a conglomerate of style filled with a huge amount of emotions.
Karim Rashid is one of the most prolific designers of his generation. Over 3000 designs in production, over 300 awards and working in over 35 countries attest to Karim’s legend of design. His award winning designs include democratic objects such as the ubiquitous Garbo waste can and Oh Chair for Umbra, interiors such as the Morimoto restaurant, Philadelphia and Semiramis hotel, Athens. Karim collaborated with clients to create democratic design for Method and Dirt Devil, furniture for Artemide and Magis, brand identity for Citibank and Hyundai, high tech products for LaCie and Samsung, and luxurious goods for Veuve Clicquot and Swarovski, to name a few. Karim’s work is featured in 20 permanent collections and he exhibits art in galleries world wide. Karim is a perennial winner of the Red Dot award, Chicago Athenaeum Good Design award, I.D. Magazine Annual Design Review, IDSA Industrial Design Excellence Award.
Couturier is known for creating visions that relate to historical moments, infused with the presence of today. His projects, whether Mexican estates or Manhattan apartments, are lush, light, sensual, experimental, and witty. Regardless of how aesthetically beautiful or freshly inventive his creations are, he insists on comfort. Hallmark’s of Couturier’s work include the particular concern for the ways people move, live, and function in the spaces he designs, and the ability to draw inspiration from a variety of periods that span from the 18th century to the modernists of the 1940s, including such icons as Renzo Mongiardino, Frank Gehry, Charles Le Brun, Poillerat, Serge Roche, Robjohn Gibbons, Mallet-Stevens and Jean Michel Frank. Couturier’s prodigious talent propelled the Paris-born designer into Architectural Digest‘s top 100 Designers in 2000, 2002, 2007, and in January 2012 he was once again recognized on this coveted list. In June 2012, he was included on Elle Décor’s A-List Top 60 Designers as well as top 10 foreign decorators in British House & Garden. He has also been acknowledged by the Franklin Report as “innovative, creative, and stylish” in his interior design.