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Johanna Grawunder

Johanna Grawunder
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Biography

Johanna Grawunder was born in 1961 in San Diego, California and studied Architecture at the California Polytechnic State University Bachelor, graduating in 1984. She completed her final year of studies in Florence, Italy and in 1985 moved to Milan.

Grawunder is a designer and architect known for her monumental light installations made with fluorescent tubing. Her practice also includes minimalistic architecture and interiors, limited edition furniture design, and mass-produced pieces.

Grawunder prefers to think of herself as someone who works with light, capitalising on its decorative capacity to create objects that illuminate and enhance the spaces they are in. For her, light is another material that she uses much in the same way as texture or form. She is not afraid to embrace colour, using bright and contrasting colours to make her pieces pop.

Grawunder often uses energy efficient mass production techniques and materials, such as polished stainless steel, steel cables, and her signature painted metal. Through light, shape, and colour she reveals the beauty of these basic materials. Grawunder’s aim is to create works with longevity in a disposable era, and as such she combines industrial techniques with high level craftmanship, not prepared to compromise on the quality of her work.

Her work has been shown and is included in many Museum permanent collections, including Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), CNAP, San Francisco MOMA, Art Institute Chicago and the High Museum Atlanta. Her light installations have also been exhibited on the roof of the Museum of Arts and Design in New York.

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Achievements

  • Collective Design Fair, New-York, USA.
  • ‘Art Light’, Carpenters Workshop Gallery, New-York, USA.
  • ‘Art Light’, Carpenters Workshop Gallery, London, UK.
  • ‘West Coast Pop-Up, 836M Gallery, Carpenters Workshop Gallery, New-York, USA.
  • Pavilion of Art and Design, Carpenters Workshop Gallery, Paris, France.
  • PAD Paris, Carpenters Workshop Gallery, Paris, France.
  • Design Miami / Miami, Carpenters Workshop Gallery, Miami, USA.
  • Berluti, Miami Art Week, Miami, USA.
  • ‘No Whining on the Yacht’, Carpenters Workshop Gallery, London, UK.
  • Design Days Dubai, Carpenters Workshop Gallery, UAE.
  • Pavilion of Art and Design, Carpenters Workshop Gallery, Paris, France.
  • Design Miami, Carpenters Workshop Gallery, Miami Beach, USA.
  • ‘Big Sky’, Carpenters Workshop Gallery, Paris, France.
  • ‘Inaugural Show’, Carpenters Workshop Gallery, Paris, France.
  • Design Miami/Basel, Switzerland.
  • ‘U.F.O. Blurring the Boundaries between Art and Design’, NRW-Forum Kultur und Wirtschatt,
    Düsseldorf, Germany.
  • ‘From the Spoon to the City’, Los Angeles, USA.
  • ‘Street View’, Della Raza Gallery, San Francisco, USA.
  • ‘Davos Dilemma’, American Academy, Rome, Italy.
  • ‘I’m bringing Sexy Back’, Designer’s Gallery, Köln, Germany.
  • ‘Sakura’, Gallery Roberto Giustini, Rome, Italy.
  • ‘Division by Zero’, Comune di Firenze Quartiere 3, Florence, Italy.
  • ‘Desert Glow’, Art + Industry, Palm Springs, USA.
  • ‘New Positions’, Gallery Roberto Giustini, Rome, Italy.
  • ‘Solar Janice’ Gallery Le Bain, Tokyo, Japan.
  • ‘Solar Energy’, Gallery Le Bain, Tokyo, Japan.
  • ‘Street Glow’, Galerie Italienne, Paris, France.
  • ‘GA Houses -Project 2055’, GA Gallery, Tokyo, Japan.
  • ‘Dressing Ourselves’, Triennale di Milano, Milan, Italy.
  • ‘Enzo Cucchi Ceramics, Johanna Grawunder Furniture’, Istituto Culturale Italiano, Prague,
    Czech Republic.
    <li<>‘Arielle’, Galerie Italienne, Paris, France.

  • FIAC, Paris, France.
  • ‘Le Vie dell’Arte’, Biennale di Venizia, Commune di Palermo, Italy.
  • ‘In the Desert’, Design Gallery, Milan, Italy.
  • ‘Mosche da Bat/Barflies’, Senigallia, Italy.
  • ‘Transformations’, Parsons School of Design, New York, USA.
  • ‘Abyss’, Salviati, Murano, Italy.
  • ‘SuperLuminal’, LIMN Gallery, San Francisco, USA.
  • ‘Pillow Talk’, Design Gallery, Milan, Italy.
  • ‘Masks’, Galleria Roberto Giustini, Rome, Italy.
  • ‘Lowrider’, Gallery Post Design, Milano.
  • ‘Luxury II’, De Di By Gallery, Paris.
  • ‘Daring the Gap’, Köln, Germany.
  • ‘New Poetical Expressions in Bemetian Glass’, Spazio FMR, Milan, Italy.
  • ‘Ultralight’, FurtureCo, New York, USA.
  • ‘Fractals II’, De Di By Gallery, Paris, France.
  • ‘Molecules’, Galleria Roberto Giustini, Rome, Italy.
  • ‘Memes’, Gallery Mourmans, Maastricht, the Netherlands.
  • ‘Fractals’, Post Design Gallery, Milan, Italy.
  • ‘Retrospektive’ (with Ruprecht Geiger), DOGK Gallery, Neumarkt, Germany.
  • ‘Lightning Management’, Post Design Gallery, Milan, Italy.
  • ‘Che cosa fanno quelli di Memphis’ Post Design, Milan, Italy.
  • ‘Fase Alternativa’, Abita il Tempo, Verona, Italy.
  • ‘Memoires de Chines’, Maison de Chine, Paris, France.
  • ‘Air Conditionning’, Design Gallery, Milan, Italy.
  • ‘Ettore Sottsass big and small works, Johanna Grawunder many small works’,
    Gallery Mourmans, Knokke-Zoute, Belgium.
  • ‘Skin, Mirror, Food’ (with Fabrice Domercq), Cornelius Hertz Gallery, Köln, Germany.
  • ‘Trucks’, Argentaurum Gallery, Belgium and Gallery Jannone, Milan, Italy.
  • ‘Memphis Lights’, Design Gallery Milano, Milan, Italy.
  • ‘Abet-Material Lights’, Abet Laminati, Milan, Italy.
  • ‘Marmorea’, Ultima Edizione, Milan, Italy.
  • ‘Nove’, Nove, Milan, Italy.1993 / ‘Trucks’, Argentaurum Gallery, Belgium and Gallery Jannone, Milan, Italy.
  • M. Vignal, ‘Femmes Designers’, Geneva: Aubanel.
  • S. Lowell, ‘Limited Edition’, Basel: Birkhauser Verlag AG.
  • M.L. Jousset, ‘Johanna Grawunder Foreign Policy’. Paris : La Galerie Italienne.
  • S.Yelavich. Contemporary World Interiors. New York : Phaidon
  • Cocinas Diafanas. Barcelona : Loft Publications
  • C. Broto, ‘New Domestic Interiors’, Barcelona: Structure
  • Lacagnina, Ma non al sud. Milano : Silvana Editoriale
  • Y. Futagawa. GA HOUSE Project 2005 no.86. Tokyo : A.D.A EDITA Tokyo Co. Ltd
  • A. Guerriero, Dressing Ousselves. Milan : Edizioni Charta
  • J.M. Stahl, Dish. New York : Princeton Architectural Press
  • W. Xu. EU Make. Bejing : China-Building
  • S. San Pietro, Urban Interiors 4. Milan : Edizioni Archivolto
  • Word Atlas of Contemporary Architecture London : Phaidon Press
  • S. San Pietro, et al.New Offices in Italy. Milan : Archivolto
  • M. Rendel and R. Spitz, ‘Expanding the Gap’, Stuttgard/London: Edition Axel Menges
  • E. Terragni, Spoon. London : Phaidon Press Limited
  • Michele De Lucchi, Jennifer Hudson and Jeremy Myerson ‘International Design Yearbook 2001’, London: King Publishing
    • W. Xu, Johanna Grawunder. Bejing : China Youth Press
    • M. Rendel, R. Spitz. Daring the Gap. Colgne : Edition Axel Menges
    • Y. Futagawa, GA HOUSES 68. Tokyo : A.D.A EDITA Tokyo Co. Ltd.
  • Marco Romanelli, Il vetro progettato: architetti e designer a confronto con il vetro quotidiano’, Firenze:
  • Alberto Bassi, ‘Italian Lighting Design 1945-2000’, London : Phaidon
  • M. Carboni, Sottsass Associati / Flammenti. New York : Universe Publishing
  • J. Grawunder, Barcode. Ravenna : Futurarium School of Architecture and Design
  • San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), San Francisco. High Museum of Art, Atlanta.
  • Art Institute, Chicago.
  • Centre National des Arts Plastiques (CNAP), Paris.
  • High Instituto Culturale Italiano, Prague. Museum of Contemporary Art, Montevirgini.
  • Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Los Angeles.
  • GuanShan-Yue Art Museum, Shenzhen.
  • Museo Correr, Venice. Museo di Arte Contemporaneo, Prato.
  • Museum of Modern Art, Copenhagen.
  • Museo Di Arredo Conteporaneo, Ravenna.

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