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Khatt Foundation on the Rolling Stone's Top 20 Designers List

Rolling-Stone-April-Issue-2011 - Cover of the April 2011 Rolling Stone issue

To coincide with next weeks’ Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Milan, Rolling Stone Magazine asked design critic Alice Rawsthorn and senior design curator at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Paola Antonelli to compile a list of who they think are the hottest twenty designers – the ones who will have the biggest influence on design over the next decade.

When presenting their list, Rawsthorn and Antonelli said their main worry was not having equal representation from all disciplines: "Especially the new ones, that will be increasingly important in the future," writes Rawsthorn

They also wanted to avoid having the list dominated by names from Western Europe and North America at the expense of emerging designers located in Eastern Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America.

The only thing they didn't worry about was a shortage of women. "Our list is equally balanced between the sexes," writes Rawsthorn.

This is how they describe the character of the final list:

"Our list is focused on the future so many of our chosen designers work in these fledgling fields. Had we stuck to traditional areas such as graphic or product design, the gender balance may have been different. A defining quality of these new disciplines — and the evolution of older ones — is collaboration, both between individuals and by fusing elements of different fields, something that women tend to do well."

Five Dutch designers made the list - Christien Meindertsma, Joost Grootens, Metahaven and the Dutch-Arabic network, Khatt Foundation.

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