Seven Best Classic Design Duos

With February being Valentine’s month, our thoughts turn to coupling up – but not as you might expect. They say that two heads are better than one, and in the worlds of art and design we’re inclined to agree. Like salt and pepper, rhubarb and custard, and pie and mash, collaboration can cook up perfect results. With this in mind, we asked Becky Pole, designer at leading flooring manufacturer, Tarkett, to compile the seven top creative design duos of all time.

Ray & Charles Eames

Arguably the most iconic duo in the world of design, Bernice Alexandra ‘Ray’ Kaiser and Charles Ormond Eames’ work has provided the inspiration for many of the modern furniture pieces we know and love today. From the Eames Lounge Chair to the Chaise, and the extensive list of high-profile architecture projects in between, the trailblazing pair pushed every boundary to inform the future of the interiors industry.

Gilbert & George

Gilbert Prousch and George Passmore are pioneers in performance art. Over the course of a career spanning 50-years, they have lived and worked together in the East End of London as a single artist. After meeting as students at Saint Martin’s School of Art in 1967, they have been the recipients of awards – most notably the Turner Prize in 1986 – and their work has been featured in a multitude of exhibitions – continuing to shock and astound audiences the world over.

Sagmeister & Walsh

Designed by Lucian R Ercolani and ground breaking when first launched in 1958, the chair has distinctive curved bent plies reminiscent of the profile of a butterfly’s wings. The butterfly chair is one of Ercol’s most iconic designs

Kate Franklin & Caroline Till aka FranklinTill

Kate Franklin and Caroline Till are the founders of FranklinTill – a futures research agency that works with global brands and organisations to explore and implement design, material and colour innovation. Their clients range from lifestyle brands to creative businesses, and through expert consultancy, innovative ideas are conjured up to truly provide cultural cut-through – whether through exhibitions, events or editorial.

Alexander Groves & Azusa Murakami aka

Studio Swine The creatives behind art collective, Studio Swine, are Alexander Groves and Azusa Murakami. Teaming up in 2011, the couples’ work crosses sculpture, installation and cinema, blending ‘poetry and research into immersive experiences’. Taking a unique approach to each project, the studio draws on cultural, historic and economic influences to form rich narratives.

Craig & Karl

Craig Redman and Karl Maier are illustrators who may work in separate time zones – New York and London – but produce a single, collaborative output that is hailed for its bold, eye-catching style. With global clients including Google, Nike and Apple, and exhibitions of their work featured around the world, Craig & Karl’s colourful creativity succeeds in instilling joy in each and every onlooker.

Viktor & Rolf

Specialising in avant-garde concepts, the iconic Viktor & Rolf fashion house was founded in 1993 by Dutch designers Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren. Aiming to challenge the traditional preconceptions associated with the fashion industry, Viktor & Rolf beautifully bridged the gap between couture and art, in fine, theatrical style.