Kengo Kuma was born in Yokohama (Kanagawa, Japan) in 1954. He studied architecture at the University of Tokyo, finishing his degree in 1979. In 1987, he opened the "Spatial Design Studio". In 1990 he founded "Kengo Kuma & Associates" and extend the study to Europe (Paris, France) in 2008. Since 1985 and until 2009, has taught as visiting professor and holder at the universities of Columbia, Keio, Illinois and Tokyo.
· 2011 The Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology's Art Encouragement Prize for "Yusuhara Wooden Bridge Museum."
· 2010 Mainichi Art Award for “Nezu Museum.”
· 2009 "Decoration Officier de L'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres" (France).
· 2008 Energy Performance + Architecture Award (France). Bois Magazine International Wood Architecture Award (France).
· 2002 Spirit of Nature Wood Architecture Award (Finland).
· 2001 Togo Murano Award for “Nakagawa-machi Bato Hiroshige Museum.”
· 1997 Architectural Institute of Japan Award for “Noh Stage in the Forest”. First Place, AIA DuPONT Benedictus Award for “Water/Glass” (USA).
Mario Nanni (Bizzuno, 1955) has been designing light for 35 years. He's known as a poet of light, defined as a lighting designer, visionary and artist, but he likes to be called progettista, a word to describes "the one who makes projects". Self-taught, Mario discovered his fascination for light in the darkness of the cinema where he used to go with his grandfather. His early technical training as an electrician did the rest. In 1994, Mario founded the lighting factory Viabizzuno where he is currently the creative director. A task that he combines with the leading of "Mario Nanni atelier" in Milan, London and Barcelona, a workshop of ideas and projects, a school of thought between technology and craft.His work is sometimes expressed by a lamp others by a light installation, and others through a book or an everyday object. His work can be seen in homes, offices, museums, public squares, retail showrooms, art shows, public spaces and ephemeral installations.
He works internationally with renowed architects such Peter Zumthor, Kengo Kuma, David Chipperfield, MVRDV, among many others.