Until a few decades ago, design professions, including interior design, were exclusively a male domain. Nowadays, talented women no longer work behind the scenes and make a name for themselves in the very selective design industry. Some, from all around the world, have been greatly successful in recent years. They are particularly sought-after for interior decoration and architectural projects for iconic and reputable locations in the world of luxury.
Female designers all have different professional backgrounds. For India Mahdavi, Zaha Hadid and Paola Navone, famous schools such as L’école des beaux-arts in Paris, the Architectural Association School of Architecture of London and the Politecnico of Turin all offer prestigious courses that have allowed them to affirm their talent. Each designer also has a strong personality that is reflected in their work. Zaha Hadid has shone thanks to her famous architectural buildings that combine complex geometric shapes with an ethereal finish. The archeological and contemporary art museum of Cagliari for instance, has a unique and futuristic design that further enhances the treasures it contains.
These current and popular female designers all have an impressive collection of awards and accolades. Paola Navone, for example, was voted ‘designer of the year’ by Architektur & Wohen Magazin in 2000 and also received the Elle Deco International Design Award in 2011. Matali Crasset was named ‘designer of the year’ at furniture fair in Paris in 2006. India Mahdavi was given the ‘creator of the year’ award by Maison & Objets in 2004. Women are now known worldwide for their design talents and abilities. Today, having been recognised with prestigious nominations and awards, female design continues to surprise and inspire us.