The teams in Beam me up, Scotty! -design competition are: Hrafnkell Birgisson and Fernanda Torre, Kristoffer Juhl Beilman and Bogdan Chernyakevich, Tuomo Tammenpää and Kristian Aarseth.

The teams will meet face to face for the first time at the Habitare Fair. Before September they will communicate via Skype, email, Google Docs, Facebook and other social medias.

Mentors

Hrafnkell Birgisson, an Icelandic designer, is currently working for his own studio in Copenhagen. He has had his own company since 2000. He graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Saarbrucken, Germany as a product designer. His conceptual work covers the fields of product design, exhibition design and interior architecture.
“I’m not a designer because I want to make beautiful things, absolutely not. I see it as an opportunity to establish, maintain or support some kind of a sustainable relationship between nature and human beings. I think that’s something that affects all my work, this idea.”

Read more at: http://hrafnkell.com

Kristoffer Beilman Juhl is a Danish architect and partner in KRADS studio. KRADS is an architectural studio based in Denmark and Iceland. He will join the competition as a mentor with the support of the KRADS team.
“Working as one team, our transnational setup generates a dynamic environment in which we mobilize and re-imagine the Scandinavian culture of architecture and design in an internationally aimed constellation.”

Read more at: krads.info

Tuomo Tammenpää has a background in visual arts and design. He works as a media artist and designer in Finland sharing his time between practice-based research and development, art productions and commercial design work at concept agency YATTA.
After fifteen years of work with interactive installations and screen based design he has focused his work on exploring the potential of physical and ubiquitous computing and tangible media. Besides his design work in YATTA, Tammenpää collaborates with an English game designer Daniel Blackburn on electronically enhanced, social and physical games and plays.

Read more at: www.misusage.org

Juniors

Bogdan Chernyakevich graduated from Art and Design Academy Saint-Petersburg, department of interior design. He completed a MA degree at Aalto University of Art and Design (TAIK), spatial and furniture design department. He has worked in various architecture companies in Saint-Petersburg, Paris and Helsinki. Scale of architecture projects from villas to high scrapes and city planning. He is also doing  his own freelance projects such as cottages, public and private interiors, furniture projects.
“Love, people, kindness and happiness of life inspire me. My passion as a designer truth. Future will bring new life circumstances and people will solve them. Wish it will be harmonious world where every creature has its own space, happiness and a great life.”

Kristian Aarseth is currently finishing his fifth and final year at AHO (Arkitektur- og designhøgskolen i Oslo). His master subject is Industrial design, but he is also into furniture and a lot of other stuff like photography which Kristian studied at Oslo Fotokunstskole before starting up with design. In his free time he likes to go flyfishing in the forests of Oslo. In the winters he goes cross country skiing with a headlamp in the dark forest.
“I want to be a designer since it gives me the oppurtunity to realize my ideas, and make stuff a little bit better. This way I can participate in changing peoples life and the world around them. In the future I really hope we manage to focus on the nature and live more sustainable.”

Read more at: www.kristianaarseth.com

Fernanda Torre was born in Portugal, she studied in the Fine Arts School of Porto University, where graduated in Communication Design. In May 2009 moved to Stockholm to do the Inov-Art program in Gabor Palotai Design. Will graduate this spring from a MFA in Experience Design (Master in Fine Arts in Konstfack, University College of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm, Sweden.)
Currently the CEO of herself – Fernanda Torre Design, which has recently became an official company in Sweden.

Read more at: www.fernandatorre.com