Johanna Grawunder is a designer and architect based in Milan and San Francisco that plays with light works in very different ways.
Her work spans a broad range of projects and scales, from large-scale public installations, architecture and interiors, to limited edition furniture and lights and custom commissions. She also designs products for select companies including Flos, Boffi, and GlasItalia among others.
Recent work includes private commissions for lights, furniture and interiors, as well as large-scale lighting installations. For the Freeport Singapore, she designed a permanent installation of “light ceilings” through out the building, as well as a unique light façade. And for Robert, in the Museum of Art and Design, NYC, she designed a total light ceiling covering the entire space.
She worked with Sottsass Associati from 1985-2001, becoming a partner in 1989. At the Sottsass Studio she was involved primarily with architecture and interiors, co-designing with Ettore Sottsass, many of the firm’s most prestigious projects. In 2001 she left Sottsass Associati and opened her own studio in San Francisco and Milan. Her path in the future was already a certain success.
Joanna says to Pamono: “I feel comfortable working at any scale (so far) and prefer to jump around a lot. The transposition of scale is an important aspect of my work; my object and product designs have an architectural and somewhat formal abstraction that stems from my training and practice as an architect. When I design a light or smaller object, it is not the size that matters so much as the “architecture” of the piece.”