Our designers apply their experience and talent to making each piece unique. At Akaba we also enjoy a shared vision with each of our collaborating designers. All of our collections therefore share a common design DNA providing unity throughout while conveying the brand values.
Pensi Design Studio
Pensi Design Studio has been awarded numerous prizes and has received widespread recognition throughout his career, including the Spanish National Design Prize in 1997, awarded by the Ministry of Industry and Energy and the BCD Foundation for outstanding professional achievement. If there is one thing which defines Pensi Design Studios products, it is their timelessness. Among the most well-known designs we can name the Gorka program for Akaba (1993), the Hola series for Kusch+Co (1993), Glassbox for Disform (1995), the Temps chair for Punt Mobles (1997) and the Artico and Duna collection for Cassina (1998).
His career as an interior and industrial designer begins during the period of his academic training through various collaborations with architecture and design studios. He also assumes personal projects. In 1994 he founded his own studio in Barcelona and currently leads a team of professionals trained in various fields of design. His projects, national and international, range from interior to industrial design in the commercial and private sectors. The studio also has considerable experience in graphic design projects, photography and art direction. Its design philosophy is based on the spatial and geometric proportion. Throughout his career Rifé has received many prizes in the field of design, like ContractWorld Awards, ICFF Editors Awards, Ascer Prizes, and FAD Awards. Also, he has been nominated for the National Design Awards and the Delta Awards for Industrial Design. His work has been widely reported in the press and specialized publications and books nationally and internationally. Also, several books that collect his most outstanding works have been published. Currently he combines teaching with an active role in workshops, meetings, and conferences throughout the Spanish territory and internationally.
Iratzoki Lizaso is an industrial design studio created in the Basque Country, in 2016. Having worked together over several years, Jean Louis Iratzoki and Ander Lizaso decided to form a partnership. Ably supported by their experienced team, they work closely with both small companies and large corporations.
Their work encompasses various areas of design: home and office furniture, textiles, lighting, ephemeral architecture and accessories. Jean Louis Iratzoki and Ander Lizaso are also the artistic directors of certain brands. From their work emerge enduring items that inspire emotion and affection.
Isaac Piñeiro (Pontevedra, 1976) is a product designer based in Barcelona. After graduating from Mestre Mateo Santiago Art School he moved to Valencia where he studied product design at EASD. He continued is training at Scuola Politécnica di Milano, where he had the chance to learn from professionals like Odoardo Foiravanti, Huub Ubbens and Matali Crasset.
After a fruitful career as co-founder of the multidisciplinary design studio Nadadora. In 2017 begins a new stage with the creation of Isaac Piñeiro Design Studio, to continue developing product design projects. His main objective is to create intuitive products based on a quest for efficiency in the conception, production and design.
His work has been published and exhibited in several media, museums, and international fairs. His latest acknowledgement, among others, is the Best of the Year 2017 prize for Interior Design Magazine for his Tortuga seats collection.
Tabuenca & Leache
Tabuenca & Leache, Architects, since their foundation have developed a wide variety of projects from architecture (official buildings, industrial, sport centers, cultural, education, religious, etc), renovations, urban development, real state, interior design and product design. They have been awarded with several prizes and recognitions from different Institutions such as Spanish High Commission for Architecture, Architect's Association Basque Country-Navarra, Architect's Association of Madrid, Madrid Town Hall, the Ministry of Culture, Hyspalit, ASCER, MDA UNAV, ECOLA, Frate Sole Foundation, FAD Foundation, Delta ADI FAD and Mies Van der Rohe Foundation. In 1997, they were selected by the prestigious architects Rafael Moneo and Alvaro Siza, together with another 5 architectural studios, to be among the most relevant Iberian architects and to show their work on the 1st Spanish-Portuguese Architectural Exhibition held by the Dukes of Soria Foundation. Their work has been published in different national and international specialized publications such as El Croquis, AIT, Arquitectura Viva, AV, A+T, "Young Spanish Architects" (Birkhäuser), Diseño Interior, Guía de Arquitectura española 1929-1996, Detail, Casabella and A+U.
Perry A. King / Santiago Miranda
Santiago Miranda and Perry King create a multidisciplinary team from the fusion of two design concepts. One Mediterranean and the other one Anglo-Saxon, one industrial designer and the other one educated in plastic arts and design.
King & Miranda are the authors of a number of books, juries at international design conquests and have developed an intense carrier in educational and research activities.
Miguel Angel Ciganda
He has carried out more tan 500 interior design projects. Among his most representative contract and interior design projects are the Headquarters of the Caja de Ahorros Municipal in Pamplona, the Spanish Pavilion at the Sevilles Universal Exposition and more recently the Gran Hotel Costa Meloneras in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and the Hotel Jardines de Nivaria in Tenerife.
Since 1984he starts working as an Industrial Designer, collaborating with many Spanish and foreign companies. Among his most well known creations are the bench Compás and the Laberinto Table (Casas), the Serena collection (Martínez Otero) and the Veroca lamp (B. Lux).
In 1995, Igor and Asier founded Dhemen Design. What had begun as a game when they were children had become their profession. Four years later, Mikel, the youngest brother, joined them in the studio. In the year 2003, Dhemen moved to Orio, a privileged location between the sea, the bay and the mountains, where the Esnal brothers and their team carry out their creative activities.
They share their professional activity and working on product research with Inasmet, the San Sebastian based technology centre.
Born in Navarra, Spain in 1957. Graduated as an architect from the Superior School of Architecture of the University of Navarra, where he later developed his academic career as a professor, in addition to teaching at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, at the University of Texas UTA and the International University in Catalunya, as well as other schools. He has received the Andrea Palladio Architecture Prize, the Thiene Architecture Prize, the Architecti Prize, the CEOE First Place Prize and the FAD among others.
Among his works and apart of private housing and awarded urban developments, we can highlight cultural centres, exhibition and convention centres, museums and office buildings through out European cities.
He studies Industrial Design at the Massana School in Barcelona where he graduates in 1974. He became Architect Interior Designer in 1977. Industrial Design teacher and usual collaborator in different Schools and Universities in Spain and abroad.
In 1990 he opens his own studio in Barcelona and collaborates since then with important Spanish companies in matters such as design, product specifying and corporate image. Among his most well-know designs are the program Acta (Vilagrasa), the lamp Galilea (Carpyen) and the Capa chair (Jacinto Usan). He collaborates with Akaba since 1990 designing programs like Egoki and Apal.