IMPRESSIONS OF THE JURY SESSION

35 Judges from 13 Countries



ARTIST-DESIGNER. KOSTAS METAXAS

NETHERLANDS / METAXAS & SINS

Meet Mr. Kostas Metaxas, an award winning artist-designer , a Luxury-Lifestyle Magazine Editor/Publisher, and a Filmmaker/Broadcast Producer who covers fashion, design, gastronomy and the arts with over 1000 documentary interviews and two awarded feature films to his credit. Drawn to the shapes and textures of old master painters and sculpture since he was a teenager, about the same time, he was introduced to Hi Fi equipment and fell in love with the art of music reproduction. To him, art and design is "visual music". Unable to afford expensive Hi Fi equipment, he taught himself electrical engineering and started producing his own, which turned into his first business. Hungry for knowledge about art and design, Metaxas started a magazine so he could interview great artists and designers worldwide, learn from them, and feed his own creativity.

 

For Metaxas, designing feels euphoric. He enjoys working with various materials – metal, glass, ceramic, plastic – and subverting technology, like using dental techniques to create jewelry and watches. Both the traditional manufacturing methods and the latest software – or their combination – work great for him. He thinks of the big picture first, then the details and the best methods to create them. And all of it in an environmentally friendly way. He strongly believes in balance with a twist, in the fight between the chaos and order, and a little intrigue thrown in. A bit of theatre, and a bit of utility – there needs to be substance, it should be useful, and it should also invoke experimenting and playfulness with infinite possibilities. Some advice from Metaxas to young designers: "Research the breathtaking work of others, and wait until your idea exceeds that standard, otherwise it has no reason to exist. Do your absolute best. If you're not motivated, don't do it. Give life to an object which never existed before". That's what he's doing, and he loves every moment of it.

 

  1. USA
    Director. Karim Rashid
    Karim Rashid Inc

  2. USA
    Prof. Andy Law
    Rhode Island School of Design

  3. USA
    Prof. Andrea Ruggiero
    Parsons School of Design

  4. JAPAN
    Prof. Yoshimaru Takahashi
    Osaka University of Arts

  5. CANADA
    Founder. Takashi Yamada
    YANKO DESIGN

  6. JAPAN
    Prof. Shingo Ando
    Kyoto Arts and Crafts University

  7. KOREA
    Prof. Hyunsun Kim
    IDAS. Hongik University

  8. SWEDEN
    Director. Thomas Johansson
    Electrolux

  9. SINGAPORE
    Prof. Hans Tan
    National University of Singapore

  10. CHINA
    President. An Luo
    TEAMS Design

  11. JAPAN
    Director. Tetsuya Matsumoto
    KTX archiLAB

  12. NETHERLANDS
    Artist-Designer. Kostas Metaxas
    Metaxas & Sins

  13. ITALY
    Director. Michi Del Rosso
    AWD Agency

  14. NEW ZEALAND
    Prof. Brian Lucid
    Massey University

  15. HONGKONG
    Prof. Julia Chiu
    Musashino Art University

  16. CHINA
    Prof. Bao Haimo
    Dalian Minzu University

  17. TAIWAN
    Prof. Meng-Cong Zheng
    National Taipei University of Technology

  18. CHINA
    Prof. Gou Rui
    Southwest Jiaotong University

  19. TAIWAN
    Prof. Lai Yueh Hsing
    Cheng Shiu University

  20. CHINA
    Prof. Yuxiang Kuang
    Jiangxi University of Finance and Economics art of school

  21. KOREA
    Prof. Kang Bumkyu
    Dongseo University

  22. KOREA
    Prof. Taesun Kim
    Kyungil University

  23. JAPAN
    Director. Keiko Akatsuka
    Keiko Akatsuka & Associates

  24. JAPAN
    President. Masuo Fujimura
    Fujimura Design Studio

  25. CHINA
    Prof. Fangliang Wang
    Shenzhen University

  26. JAPAN
    Director. Emi Kawasaki
    SHILUSHI

  27. CHINA
    Director. Wang Guanhua
    HUAWEI

  28. CHINA
    Prof. Gan SenZhong
    Art College of Xiamen University

  29. IRAN
    Director. Aidin Ardjomandi
    Arena Design Studio

  30. CHINA
    Prof. Huang Yuexin
    TIANJIN ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS

  31. KOREA
    Prof. Sunah Kim
    Kumoh National Institute of Technology

  32. HONGKONG
    Director. Ajax Law Ling
    ONEPLUSPARTNERSHIP

  33. MACAU
    Director. Bob Lei
    Todot Design & Planning Limited

  34. CHINA
    Director. Fan Shizhong
    FANSS DESIGN

  35. KOREA
    CEO. Doyoung Kim
    DESIGNSORI

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