Johanna Grawunder is a designer and architect 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 USA. She also designs products for select companies including Flos, Boffi, B&B, and Salvati.
Grawunder 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 2011 she left Sottsass Associati and opened her own studio in San Francisco and Milan.
During her residency Johanna developed a collection of lamps using re-purposed and up-cycled industrial artifacts including stamped-steel earthquake brackets, extruded aluminum angles and a traffic light. Refining these iconic shapes through sandblasting, powder-coating, etching and anodizing, new and unexpected forms come to light.
(photo: Lutz Sternstein)