Leonardo da Vinci
Leonardo da Vinci is recognized as the quintessential Renaissance Man. A great painter, he was equally prodigious in the fields of architecture, engineering, anatomy, and physical science.
The Design Museum
The Design Museum's mission is to celebrate, entertain and inform. It is the world's leading museum devoted to contemporary design in every form from furniture to fashion, and architecture to graphics. It is working to place design at the centre of contemporary culture and demonstrates both the richness of the creativity to be found in all forms of design, and its importance.
A former interior decorator, Donna Dewberry finally became interested in decorative painting when she opened her own craft shop. Author of several craft bestsellers, she is the inventor of the one-stroke painting technique.
Plaid Enterprises is the largest manufacturer of creative art products in the world, operating in over 50 countries.
Designer, manufacturer, hard-headed business man, visionary thinker, engager and charismatic speaker, O.B.E., sardonic, amusingly off message - the enfant terrible of the design industry, Tom Dixon is a self-educated maverick whose only qualification is a one-day course in plastic bumper repair. These welding skills were soon put to work as Dixon explored the decorative and structural potential of recycled materials and industrial scrap. As Dixon's international reputation grew, he was approached by Italian furniture design company, Cappellini who worked to put some of his designs into major production. The "S" chair made Tom Dixon's name and now has a permanent place in the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Tom was Creative Director of Habitat, and largely credited for turning round their reputation. He designed Habitat's flagship store on Regent Street and still consults for them as non-exec Creative Director. Dixon has now taken ownership of the Finnish furniture brand Artek founded by Alvar Alto. Artek has played a very important role in design history and Finnish national life.