Konstantin Grcic is one of the world’s foremost industrial designers. He has developed furniture, lighting, accessories and housewares for leading brands, with many of his products receiving prestigious international design awards. Known for his passion for technology and materials, Grcic was a natural choice for the 2016 redesign of the iconic Rado Ceramica. Famed for his pared-down pieces, Grcic is often referred to as a minimalist, but the designer himself prefers to speak of simplicity.
Corinne Julius is a leading critic and curator, who initially trained in Interiors at the RCA and Psychology and Sociology at Sheffield University. She is a freelance journalist, broadcaster and critic specialising in contemporary craft and design. Corinne writes regularly for the Evening Standard’s Homes & Property, Blueprint, Crafts and Country Life and broadcasts for BBC Radio 4’s arts programme, Front Row. Corinne has been a judge of many applied arts and design awards including the Jerwood Applied Arts Prize for Metalwork. She has been a Trustee of Contemporary Applied Arts, is a guest lecturer at a number of arts universities and on the Sotheby’s MA in Decorative Arts. She was made an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Art in 2008 for services to design and craft and is the Chair of the Critics’’ Circle Visual Arts & Architecture Section, as well as a Council member of Critics’ Circle. She is the curator of ‘Silver Speaks: Idea to Object at the V&A, ‘Future Heritage’.
Will has been working in design and the creative industries for more than twelve years. As Event Director of designjunction, he has managed six editions of the cutting-edge design show in London, New York and Milan. Over his career Will has instigated over 30 design shows in 15 countries, including launching Tom Dixon’s critically acclaimed MOST event in Milan, and running the British Council’s touring design and architecture exhibition programme. His work has also involved initiatives supporting design education; art; fashion; and property development.
Katrina started out as an art historian, believing after her PhD she would want to work in a museum. It turned out she was less interested in researching early Christian artefacts and more engaged by the way people collect and decorate their domestic spaces. After a spell running a magazine on the subject of stolen art, Katrina wrote about auctions and antiques for the Evening Standard’s Homes & Property section, and contributed to FT How to Spend It on collecting and interior design. Katrina has been writing the interiors slot for The Sunday Times, Home section for almost a decade - roughly from the global financial crisis to Brexit - and currently spends her time parsing the trends, searching for new talent, and posting pictures of her discoveries.
Hakim El Kadiri
Hakim El Kadiri has been responsible for product development at Rado since 2011. His technical and marketing background and passion for the beautiful things in life, such as design, art and photography, inspired him to join the watchmaking industry. For Hakim, watchmaking is a field where the creation of beauty is ever present, merging innovation, design and technology.