Jens Martin Skibsted
“For the Biomega brand I’ve tried to make instant classics. This might sound a little far-fetched, but I think you can discipline yourself to have a certain eye for the phenomenology of an object and reproducing the essence of that object in a specific design for your time and surroundings, without it losing its appeal over time—contrary to being an object of fashion.”
Jens Martin Skibsted is a bike designer and design philosopher. He’s the founder of Biomega, and KiBiSi, a leading Scandinavian product design group. His bicycle designs feature in the permanent collections at the Danish Design Museum, MoMA, Le CNAP and SFMoMA. Jens Martin Skibsted was honored as a Young Global Leader by World Economic Forum and has received numerous awards and distinctions. He has spoken at Davos, DLD, Design Indaba and TED. He is the Vice-Chair of World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Design Innovation. He is a published author and a guest blogger for Fast Company.
KiBiSi was founded in Copenhagen by Lars Larsen, Bjarke Ingels Group and Jens Martin Skibsted. Each partner contributes with intelligence and experience from within his specific field providing KiBiSi with cutting edge knowledge and knowhow within the fields of architecture, design, furniture, electronics, transportation, contemporary culture and lifestyle.
Lars Larsen, known as an industrial designer rooted with a straight forward approach to bike design merging elements of contemporary culture from high and low: the art scene as well as the street, the fashion house as well as the workshop. Lars’s natural eye for blatant and simple solutions to complex bike design problems, has earned him awards and instant acclaim as one of Scandinavian designs fastest rising stars.
Lars Larsen has received a number of awards and international recognition for his work as an individual and as founding KiBiSi partner and KiBiSi Head Of Design. Lars got his first award right after graduation as industrial designer for being Denmark’s best upcoming and has over the years proved this position through being awarded Danish Business Magazine – Berlingske Business talent price – Talent 100 in 2010 and same year receiving the Danish Design Price for his headphone design for Aiaiai.
Lars’s work is today represented at SFMOMA’s permanent exhibition and was exhibited at SFMOMA’s 2012 exhibition Less and More: the Design and Ethos of Dieter Rams next to iconic pieces of design such as the iPhone and MacBook Air. Kilo work was nominated for Design Of The Year by Design Museum London 2012 and latest recognition received is a Red Dot Design Award – Best of the Best for the KiBiSi designed magnetic bike light iFlash One.
Bjarke Ingels started BIG Bjarke Ingels Group in 2005 after co-founding PLOT Architects in 2001 and working at OMA in Rotterdam. Through a series of award-winning design projects and buildings, Bjarke has developed a reputation for designing buildings that are as programmatically and technically innovative as they are cost and resource conscious. Bjarke has received numerous awards and honors, including the Danish Crown Prince’s Culture Prize in 2011, the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale in 2004, and the ULI Award for Excellence in 2009. In 2011, the Wall Street Journal awarded Bjarke the Architectural Innovator of the Year Award. In 2012, the American Institute of Architects granted the 8 House its Honor Award, calling it “a complex and exemplary project of a new typology.”
Alongside his architectural practice, Bjarke taught at Harvard University, Yale University, Columbia University, and Rice University and is an honorary professor at the Royal Academy of Arts, School of Architecture in Copenhagen. He is a frequent public speaker and has spoken in venues such as TED, WIRED, AMCHAM, 10 Downing Street, and the World Economic Forum.
“I approached both bikes as an exercise in joining the dots and looked for the simplest form that was able to do this, to connect the headset to either the bottom bracket or seat and then to the rear wheel. Also, it was of huge importance to me to lose all the superfluous shit and hide all the ugly bits, like the cables.”
Marc Newson has been described as the most influential designer of his generation. His clients include a broad range of the best known and most prestigious brands in the world. He is currently the Creative Director of Qantas Airways. Marc Newson was included in Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World and has received numerous awards and distinctions.
He was appointed The Royal Designer for Industry in the UK, received an honorary doctorate from Sydney University, holds Adjunct Professorships at Sydney College of the Arts and Hong Kong Polytechnic University, and most recently was made CBE by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. His work is present in many major museum collections, including the MoMA in New York, London’s Design Museum and V&A, the Centre Georges Pompidou and the Vitra Design Museum.
Ross Lovegrove is a designer and visionary who’s work is considered to be at the very apex of stimulating a profound change in the physicality of our three dimensional world.
Inspired by the logic and beauty of nature his design possess a trinity between technology, materials science and intelligent organic form, creating what many industrial leaders see as the new aesthetic expression for the 21st Century. There is always embedded a deeply human and resourceful approach in his designs, which project an optimism, and innovative vitality in everything he touches from cameras to cars to trains, aviation and architecture.
Winner of numerous international awards his work has been extensively published and exhibited internationally including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Guggenheim Museum NY, Axis Centre Japan, Pompidou Centre, Paris and the Design Museum, London, when in 1993 he curated the first permanent collection. His work is held in permanent collections of various design museums around the world including Museum of Modern Art in New York (MOMA), Design Museum in London and Vitra Design Museum Weil Am Rhein, Basel, CH.