The 10 Designers Every Guy Should Know

Good design is easy to take for granted. Whether it’s a sleek smartphone or the most comfortable chair you’ve ever sat in, someone has worked tirelessly behind the scenes to make it so. We asked our friends at Areaware to name the 10 designers that every guy should be familiar with. Here’s who they chose.

Charles and Ray Eames

The power couple of modern design. Anyone who thinks style and comfort are mutually exclusive has clearly never sat in an Eames lounger.

Charles and Ray Eames,

Dieter Rams

As the acclaimed head designer for Braun for 30 years, Rams has created everything from coffee makers to chronograph watches. His motto? “Less, but better.”

Dieter Rams,

Ettore Sottass

The Italian architect/designer was a key member of the Memphis Group, whose colorful and ironic designs exemplified ‘80s Post-modernism.

Ettore Sottass,

Richard Sapper

Over 15 of Sapper’s industrial designs now reside in the MoMA’s permanent collection. His “Tizio” lamp was the first of it kind to use halogen bulbs with conducting arms to eliminate the need for wires, and remains one of the best selling lamps ever produced.

Richard Sapper,

Eva Ziesel

A self-proclaimed “maker of useful things,” Ziesel’s curvaceous works—mostly ceramics and wooden furniture—were largely inspired by nature.

Eva Ziesel,

Jonathan Ive

Ive serves as the lead product designer for this little mom-and-pop electronics company called Apple. You might have heard of it?

Jonathan Ive,

Konstantin Grcic

The award-winning German designer is known for his unique blend of rigorous precision and light-hearted playfulness.

Konstantin Grcic,

Mark Newson

The young Australian has crafted everything from concept cars and boats to furniture and jewelry. His famous Lockheed Lounge chair sold at auction for a record-breaking $968,000 in 2006.

Mark Newson,

Raymond Loewy

The first designer to grace the cover of Time magazine, Loewy is considered by many to be the father of industrial design. His seven-decade career included Coca-Cola vending machines, Greyhound buses, and locomotives.

Raymond Loewy,

Yves Behar

One of the world’s biggest advocates of sustainable design, Behar is the president of fuseprojects and head of design for the One Laptop Per Child project.

Yves Behar,

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