Ini Archibong & Ophélie Sanga
Inimfon (Ini) Archibong Born in 1983 as a son of Nigerian emigrants to the United States, and a resident of US, Singapore, and Switzerland, Ini’s work respects and acknowledges the rich cultural traditions from which he comes and has experienced. He holds degrees in Environmental Design from the Art Center College of Design (Pasadena, California), where he was both an Edwards Endowed Scholar and an Outreach Grant recipient and is now currently studying at ECAL/Ecole cantonale d’art de Lausanne (MAS in Design for Luxury and Craftsmanship). Besides his studies he has been an ICFF Studio winner, Best of Neocon Award winner, and was named the American Student Designer of the Year during ICFF in 2010. He has taught at the National University of Singapore and has been on lecture panels at both the College Art Association Conference NYC, and USC School of Architecture with esteemed architects and designers such as Frank Gehry and Karim Rashid. He has designed and consulted for top brands such as Bernhardt Design, Herman Miller, Cumberland, Nucraft, L’oreal, and Chrysler; and has been featured in publications: PIN-UP Magazine, Surface Magazine, Metropolis, Nowness online, and AZURE. Ophélie Sanga Ophélie Sanga was born in 1988 in Geneva. She studied jewelry design at the University of Art and Design (HEAD). During this she went to Pforzheim, Germany to learn new jewelry techniques. After her studies, she had the opportunity to exhibit her work in the Netherlands, at the Galerie Maarze, in Paris’ Pavillon Corbusier and in Geneva. Right before starting her Master at ECAL, she had a very inspiring workshop on watchmaking with designer Clodio Collucci. This resulted in an exhibition called «24 hours in the life of Swiss Cuckoo clock», which is currently traveling around the world.