Bill Becker, CEO and Design Director
Bill’s mission has always been to create unique and innovative furniture that enhances the quality of life. As BDI's CEO and Design Director, he continues this commitment by developing original designs which have a classic modernism, an international style, and are accessible to all.
Clean and understated, Al’s designs are simply sophisticated. Using simple proportions to create clear, understated classic pieces, he adds detail to make his designs stand out above the crowd, often embellishing them with simple details inspired by his life at the beach.
The design philosophy behind Jason’s creative muse is very much in keeping with the early modernists’ concept that detail, or lack of, is very important to the balance, proportion and function of a piece. He says that all products should be designed to look good — and he should know, he’s designed everything from Barbie doll accessories to automobiles and fashion eyewear. Often inspired by the classics he uses a unique blend of materials, unusual shapes and meticulous detail to create something thoroughly modern.
Louis designs with a sculptor’s eye for form and detail. His designs have an innate sense of proportion and grace. The simplicity of his styling transcends fads and momentary trends to have a timeless appeal. Always refined, Louis’ designs have a sculptural simplicity that is not only beautiful but functional.
Noah’s designs have a modern aesthetic while providing a familiar, mid-century appeal. Growing up in a family-built geodesic dome, his craftsman/homebuilder father and his fine artist mother nurtured Noah’s appreciation of great design at an early age. He attended Kendall College of Art and Design and is the recipient of the Studio Excellence Award in Furniture Design. After college, Noah worked with one of the last remaining mid-century masters, Vladimir Kagan, where he defined his own style - blending traditional training with modern details to create designs that are instant classics.
Mark believes that the key to design is the successful interplay of shapes, scale and proportion. It’s not enough to develop unique designs; the greater challenge is in creating an enduring blend of originality, function and aesthetic appeal. Mark achieves this by drawing on his woodworking heritage, which goes back six generations to his Finnish ancestors. He carries forward this tradition by emphasizing natural, sustainable materials to create artistic and functional pieces.
Karim Rashid is an Industrial Designer. His perspective and clients are global and he considers himself a pluralist, doing projects ranging from products, architecture, interiors, fashion, furniture, lighting, and art installations. He receiveda bachelor of Industrial Design from Carleton University in Ottawa. He then pursued graduate studies in Italy with Ettore Sottsass and others, then moved to Milan and apprenticed at Rodolfo Bonetto’s studio. On his return to Canada, he worked for seven years at KAN Industrial Designers. In 1993 he opened his own practice in New York City.
Heavily influenced by Danish modern style, Matthew studied Scandinavian design, architecture, and woodworking at Denmark’s Design School and holds a degree in Industrial Design from Pratt Institute. Inspired by his love of Nature, Matthew’s designs have become known for merging maximum functionality with minimal materials, always striving to do more with less.
Although his designs are inspired by the works of mid-century modern masters, Cristian’s designs are clearly 21st century. Cristian looks at furniture design as an extension of the sculptor’s art. A perspective that is reflected in his designs which always tend to push the limits of conventional thought.