Names to Know in the Design World

This season’s duos, dynamos, and doyennes from across the design world and around the globe.

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OF 8

Anthony Bianco

The works of this restrained craftsman illuminate with carefully considered geometries.

Equal parts sculptor and functional-lighting designer, Anthony Bianco sees his work as a natural progression of America’s craft-studio movement. “I’m very much involved in the material process and working with my hands every day,” says the Brooklyn-based Bianco, 34, a Chicago native. “It goes against the grain of mass production,” he says, pointing out that he’s more interested in creating artworks than products.

A former assistant to lauded glass artist Jeff Zimmerman, Bianco pairs mold-formed glass with brass in his latest collection. Inspired by the geometric patterns in Islamic architecture, Bianco developed a single pyramid-shaped glass piece that he uses in multiples to create larger secondary forms. The resulting works include Sirius, a diamond-shaped chandelier formed of 12 pyramids; and Yassin, an $18,000 floor lamp that sprouts a cluster of green modules (below). All his creations are made to order, and he has recently partnered with interior designers to produce one-of-a-kind installations. –Tim McKeough