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Patrick Abbattista is the founder of one of the leading online design publications, DesignWanted, born in 2015 in Milan, Italy.
Bringing together his passion for the design industry and a background in marketing, he created a one-stop resource for professionals, students and curious minds with the aim of supporting good design and bringing the unknown in the known; but, above all, sharing stories. Stories by design.
Favorite Quote: "Difficult is what wakes up the genius" by Nassim Taleb
New York City based Industrial Designer, Consultant and Educator, Dana D'Amico creates work that evokes
effortless simplicity. Blending urban elements with influences from nature, Dana's modern, refined style comes from a respect for both material and form. Providing services including, design, art direction, sourcing,
team building and education, Dana expertly balances a successful career in design with her role as an
Dana has over twenty years of experience working with numerous renowned brands ranging from housewares to fashion houses. Initially working as a designer for Williams-Sonoma, she went on to find a niche designing home collections for fashion designers, such as Calvin Klein, Donna Karan, Monique Lhullier, Ralph Lauren and Vera Wang for Wedgwood. Other important clients including; Martha Stewart, Swid-Powell, Bed Bath & Beyond, Crate & Barrel and Teroforma have broadened her aesthetic reach. Dana
shares her approach through global education, promoting cultural immersion and tactile learning.
Dana’s work has been featured in various prominent design publications including the cover of T: The New York Times Style Magazine. Her designs are currently available for sale locally and abroad at notable design shops such as the MoMa Store and Selfridges.
Sushir Kadidal is a designer and strategist with 14 years of experience. With an Undergraduate degree in Architecture and a Masters in Industrial Design from Pratt Institute, Sushir has worked as an Architect, Industrial Designer, Landscape designer and Interior Designer finding the links between our experiences through all those scales. Most recently Sushir was the Studio Director for Yabu Pushelberg in New York, where he was responsible for the multi-million dollar practice composed of multidisciplinary teams in Branding, Interiors, Architecture, Styling, Lighting and Product Design. Working with the foremost hospitality and retail brands, he led the studio in their strategy and creative process. He is currently a visiting faculty member in the Industrial Design Department at Pratt Institute. He has been a keynote speaker at major design conferences like the World Design Summit, speaking with Pritzker Prize winning architects speaking to the future of design.
Favorite Quote: "Question everything generally thought to be obvious" - Dieter Rams
Dana Aljouder is the creator of ADANA Design Portal & Consultancy in Kuwait. Architect by education, interior designer by profession, Aljouder collaborates with several artists and architects, and she is currently working on high end residences and artistic projects.
Dana Aljouder graduated from Pratt Institute with a Bachelor's of Architecture. As part of her education, she studied architectural urbanism in Rome and furniture design in Copenhagen. Aljouder was an academic researcher on the Kuwaiti Pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 2014.
Favorite Quote: "Don't fall in love with an idea because that idea will stop the evolution of your design process" - Louis Goodman
Passionate about Design, Creativity, Strategy, Innovation, and the impact those topics have on people´s life and the industry in general. I´ve been working in the Industry of Design for about 15+ years inside companies like MUMA, Curve Id (New York), and Corona.
Over the past five years, I´ve been leading the transformation of the Corona´s portfolio strategy and Design capabilities. I´ve consolidated a high performance, multidisciplinary team of creatives. Who have brought to reality a significant number of products, all of them developed through a rigorous design process based on people´s needs, and the emotional connections between users and objects.
During my time in New York, I´ve helped to bring products to life for big brands like OXO, Colgate, Perkin Elmer, John Deere, among others.
The work that I´ve led has been granted 11 International recognitions from the most prestigious International Awards such as ¨Red Dot design award¨, ¨IF design award¨, ¨A´Design award¨, and ¨Good Design award¨.