After his training as an architect at Hiroshima Institute of Technology, and working as a graphic designer, Oji Masanori found out that what he really liked was product design.
His success as self-taught designer is based on his knowledge of materials and relations with small craft manufacturers in Japan, who still know how to use traditional techniques. With them, Masanori develops carefully made innovative home ware products, which have become available in boutique shops from New York to Taiwan.
Ilco van der Linde is founder of an impressive series of successful peace projects: he started Bevrijdingspop in 1980, the Bevrijdingsfestivals, the Liberation Day National Classical Concert in 1995, Dance4Life in 2002, and MasterPeace in 2009. Last December, MasterPeace received the U.N. Certificate of Recognition for Innovation in Peace-building from UN Secretary Ban Ki-moon.
On 14 March 2014, a dedicated MasterPeace hotelroom opens in Lloyd Hotel & Cultural Embassy.
photo Oscar Timmers
‘There hardly ever are miscommunications in music’.
She came to the piano much later than other ‘star children’ like the brothers Jussen or LangLang. Starting with lessons at nine years old, she was on stage in various countries around the world at 12 and found herself winning the prestigious Prinses Christina Concours in 2009, when she was fourteen.
Sissel Tolaas is one of the world’s most prolific scent specialists. During an extensive education in Oslo, Moscow, Leningrad, Oxford and Princeton, Tolaas studied mathematics, chemistry, art and linguistics – she speaks nine languages. Further to her wide expertise, she has been exploring smells for the past 23 years. Ahead of her stay at the Lloyd Hotel and her presentation at Ninety Minutes of Frame we spoke to her in Berlin about her unique vocation.