Ten architecture and design figures to watch in 2014

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014. Filed under: Destinations Home & Garden
Cairo Expo City by Zaha Hadid is one of many exciting design developments set for completion in 2014. ©Zaha Hadid Architects

Cairo Expo City by Zaha Hadid is one of many exciting design developments set for completion in 2014.
©Zaha Hadid Architects

(Relaxnews) – 2014 is set to be an exciting year for architecture and design. We give you ten people, studios or projects to keep an eye on.

Tom Dixon

Named Maison et Objet Designer of the Year for 2014, Tom Dixon has a busy year ahead of him. Following his successful foray into sportswear in 2013, the quintessentially British designer will be unveiling his first hotel, the 340-room Mondrian London, in the spring. Additional projects include the Eclectic restaurant at the Beaugrenelle Shopping Centre in Paris and of course the development of his own brand, Tom Dixon Studio.

Zaha Hadid

She hit the headlines in 2013 for her work on a superyacht, a chrome-plated shoe and a stadium that looks like female genitalia, and 2014 looks set to be just as high profile for the architectural powerhouse that is Zaha Hadid. Notable projects include the studio’s Egyptian conference ground Cairo Expo City, which is set to be completed this year.

Arem Duplessis

All eyes will be on former Design Director of New York Times Magazine Arem Duplessis at the start of 2014, following his move to Apple. Duplessis has been appointed as Creative Director for Internal marketing, but what exactly it is that he’ll be working on has yet to be revealed.

Rose Uniacke

As the winner of the prestigious Andrew Martin Designer of the Year Award in 2013, it would seem that Rose Uniacke’s quiet conquering of the London interior design scene is complete. What will 2014 hold for the antiques specialist and furniture designer? There are rumors that a high-profile collaboration is in the pipeline.


Having claimed the title of World’s Best Hotel/Leisure Building for its London Bankside property at the World Architecture Festival Awards in October 2013, the Dutch boutique hotel chain is set to bring its brand of metropolitan cool stateside with two New York locations planned for 2014. The brand is also planning to expand into France with its first Parisian property slated to open this year.

Alessia Catellani and Tess Walraven

Architecture students Alessia Catellani and Tess Walraven’s final year thesis, “Zurich Stories: Scenarios of Intensification,” won the acclaimed 2013 Arditi Award and landed them a place on Wallpaper Magazine’s Graduate List. 2014 promises to be a big year.

Yoo Design Studio

The creative hothouse that is Yoo Design Studio looks set to continue making its mark on Asia this year. The studio, founded by Philippe Starck, Marcel Wanders, Jade Jagger and Kelly Hoppen, will be working on its latest Collection Resort in Bali, boutique hotels in Istanbul, Jakarta and Hong Kong and a private residence club in Thailand, among other projects.


Icon Magazine’s Design Studio of the Year 2013, this Amsterdam-based design and research company has gone from strength to strength since being founded by graphic designers Vinca Kruk and Daniel van der Velden in 2006. 2014 will kick off with a retrospective of their work to date, “Cobra Art Prize 2013: METAHAVEN,” showing at the Cobra Museum for Modern Art in the Netherlands, to honor the studio’s winning the Cobra Art Prize Amstelveen 2013.

FAT Architecture

Billed as ‘the UK’s most playful practice’, the infamous FAT Architecture this year announced it was closing its doors after 23 years, and summer 2014 will see the completion of its final project, a ceramic gingerbread temple in Essex built in collaboration with artist Grayson Perry. We’ll be interested to see what 2014 holds for its founders, Sam Jacob, Sean Griffiths and Charles Holland.

Sky City Tower

Not technically a figure or a brand, but there was surely no architectural story more dramatic in 2013 than that of Sky City Tower, in Changsha, China. Billed as the world’s tallest building ever, the 220-story skyscraper was set to be built in a breakneck 90 days. Construction company Broad Sustainable Building broke ground in July 2013 but work was suddenly halted 10 days later amid safety fears and questions over paperwork. Will 2014 finally see Dubai’s Burj Khalifa overtaken as the tallest building on earth, or will the 838 meter high project be abandoned forever?


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