Johanna Grawunder is a designer based in Milan and San Francisco. Her work spans a broad range of projects and scales, from architecture and interiors to limited edition furniture and lights for galleries in Europe and the United States. She designs products for select companies including Flos, Boffi, B&B Italia, and Salvati & Co., and recent projects include an installation for the second edition of 1+1+1, a project by Elena Quarestani, curated by Marco Sammicheli, at Assab One in Milan, which opened in conjunction with MiArt & Salone del Mobile 2018. Johanna worked with Sottsass Associati from 1985-2001, becoming a partner in 1989. At Sottsass, she was involved primarily with architecture and interiors, co-designing with Ettore Sottsass on many of the firm’s most prestigious projects. In 2011 she left and opened her own studio in San Francisco and Milan. She is represented by Carpenters Workshop Gallery, which integrates a production facility dedicated to artistic research and development of collectible design.
Johanna joined Workshop Residence in 2012, developing a collection of lights made using re-purposed industrial artifacts including stamped steel earthquake safety brackets, extruded aluminum angles, and traffic lights. Refining and transforming iconic objects through sandblasting, powder-coating, etching and anodizing techniques, unexpected new forms came to light. Johanna is currently working on a new project for launch in Spring 2018.
Photo: Lutz Sternstein