Shawn Littrell is an industrial designer inspired by new materials and technologies. He aims to create products that use less energy and impact consumer lives in meaningful ways. His designs balance clean lines and soft curves to create harmonious objects which have a strong purposeful meanings.
Shawn Littrell was born in Seattle, Washington, and spent his formative years in the southwest living in Santa Fe, New Mexico. In 2005 he graduated from the Art Center College of Design with a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Design. Littrell has won several awards for his designs in office furniture most notably for his Ninety for Luxo which appeared in the Cooper Hewitt’s Smithsonian’s National Design Triennial: Why Design Now?
Oskar Daniel and Emil Marklund
Swedish designers Oskar Daniel and Emil Marklund are prominent members of Gothenburg’s design scene. They have collaborated on several lighting projects for Glamox Luxo.
Oskar Daniel and Emil Marklund both have degrees in industrial design from prominent Swedish universities. They have worked on a wide variety of projects during their careers, ranging from lawn mowers and sporting equipment to ship construction and wood burning stoves. This diversity of work has landed them with a fundamental belief in functionality and aesthetics.
L-1 was designed by Luxo’s founder, the Norwegian industrialist Jac Jacobsen. He had received two crane-like spring-balanced luminaries as part of a shipment of sewing machines from England. Being technically-minded he took a fancy to the strange looking luminaires, with their great functionality and timeless beauty.
Although the technical invention was ingenious, Jac Jacobsen soon realized that the construction as a whole was primitive. He succeeded in improving it and manufacturing started in 1937 under the name Luxo, derived from Latin – I give light.
L-1 soon became known as a real productivity booster in schools, offices, industrial plants and health care facilities, and a design icon among architects and designers all over the world.
Jac Jacobsen lived to be 95 years old and was active in the company until his last days.
Aleksander Borgenhov is one of Norway’s most award-winning industrial designers. His work has resulted in a wide range of successful products, including lighting, furniture, commercial goods, sports equipment, health & medical, and marine & offshore. He believes design should be based on a good story, provide unique visual qualities and smart innovative solutions.
Jukka Setälä is a Finnish interior architect who graduated from the University of Art and Design Helsinki in 1996. Since graduating, he has worked as a freelance furniture and lighting designer and has created many products – mainly those within industrial design. He is highly awarded, merited and exhibited for numerous designs in lighting and furniture.
Jukka Setälä has been teaching furniture design at University of Art and Design Helsinki since 1999. He also manages his own design company Suunnittelu- and Muotoilutoimisto Jukka Setälä Oy.