Inspired by the glow of history, Woogmaster Studio founder Alex Woogmaster passionately designs objects and spaces meant to invoke the past. His studio work is informed by the intrigue, grandeur, and subtle magic of great historic Architecture and Design examples, often through his own personal experiences. Alex works to provide concepts that imbue the simplified needs of contemporary life with classic moments, and to bring beauty and nostalgia into modern environments.
Tradition and Play.
Alex’s designs for interior spaces and furnishings begin with traditional roots, paying homage to the uses, means, and methods of days past. His concepts are often sparked by small details in a much larger design environment, which he explores and elaborates through hand drawing. He discovers still more through freehand fantasy drawings, in which he experiments with ideas of proportion, balance, detail, and mystery. “I dissolve when I draw,” Alex says. “The most elusive, intuitive lessons of design reveal themselves when I allow myself to play, meditate, and receive what the hand, pen, and paper have to share.”
Elements of a Complete Identity.
Alex Woogmaster’s sketchbooks are full of ideas inspired by the palaces and monuments of bygone eras. He is captivated by moments of Procession and Ceremony, and seeks to reinterpret the magic of historic gardens, loggias, foyers, and grand salons into modern contexts. From large to small scale, Alex’s designs are meant to transport the viewer, and are meant to be as much singular works of art as they are to contribute to the larger environments that he envisions during the product’s design process.
The first Woogmaster Studio products to reach the market are mirrors for master frame makers Munnworks. Other products in development include collections for lighting and furniture.
Alex Woogmaster trained as an architect at Cornell University, where he was challenged to master modern design-thinking, while nurturing his lifelong passion for historic design. Time spent in Rome, both during school and after, further fueled his desire to understand the nature of majestic architecture, and led him to Las Vegas where he now helps formulate design concepts for the award-winning Wynn Resorts. Alex is captivated by the effects that the built environment have upon the individual, and continues to devote great attention to the study of architectural and design masterpieces.
Visit the Website: www.woogmasterstudio.com
Cosmic was created in 1985 in Barcelona as a family company manufacturing quality bathroom accessories. From the very start our well-defined mission was to design accessories with superior features which would stand out above those already on the market.
In 1990, our continuous commitment and work gained the support and recognition of distributors throughout Spain. It was the perfect time to launch our international expansion, resulting in new corporate objectives, focused on contemporary design and innovation as differential factors.
As the new millennium approached, Cosmic became the benchmark brand, a point of reference not only for accessories but also in bathroom furniture. The success behind this new way of understanding the concept of bathroom space resulted in the company exporting over 50% of its production over five continents.
In 2008, a strategic partnership was signed with the Roca Group, guaranteeing our leadership in the European business of bathroom furniture, and freestanding accessories.
The business underwent exponential growth. In 2009, Cosmic took over pomd’or in order to position it as a leading luxury brand. The company has maintained over time the commitment of pomd’or to continue to fascinate by its cult of the detail.
Growth continued, and just a year later the bath and shower screen division was integrated into the company, with the acquisition of prestigious Spanish brand Stildux. In 2012, a new step was taken with the launch of Bath + by Cosmic, a new product line aimed at a more affordable market in bathroom furniture and practical accessories, while retaining its excellent design. Quality and design are the cornerstones of our four brands.
Three decades later Cosmic maintain its essence for her good taste. Within a few years, Cosmic has gone from fittings manufacturer to becoming the driving force behind a new concept of bathrooms. This means understanding bathrooms as a reflection of each individual personality and of finding well-being through contemporary avant-garde design.
Visit the website: www.icosmic.com
Paolo Coppello is a talented young designer that has mastered the tricky requirements of balancing proportion and subtlety on one hand with impact and colour on the other.
His works reek of quality and would make a quietly playful space brightener for the discerning furnisher. We are absolutely in love with some of his work and have no doubt that this exciting designer will go on to create some absolute classics in the future.
The three works showcased above were designed for the Italian brand Miniforms
Born in 1980 in Verona.
Graduated in Industrial Design at Politecnico di Milano.
After a three years collaboration with Ludovica+Roberto Palomba in Milan, in 2007 he setup his own studio in Verona where he collaborates with other professionals in architecture, communication and graphics.
He received many international prizes for his works, most recent ones have been:
2008 Promosedia International Design Competition
2008 Greener Gadgets Design Competition
2008 Swarowsky Crystal Visions
2009 Antoniolupi Design Competition
2009 Progetto Deco Design Competition
2009 Ossigeno Italiano Prize by Abitare Magazine
Paolo also collaborates with Rolling Stone magazine writing the design column for the online edition.
Paolo's works have been featured by main international magazines and newspapers as NY Times, Herald Tribune, Abitare, Interni, Ottagono, Residence, Icon, Elle Decor, Rolling Stone
You can visit Paolo's website here: www.paolocappello.com