VASSILIOS P. BARTZOKAS / CEO EUROPE - FOUNDER

Vassilios has been involved in a series of high profile projects in the Design and Architecture Industry. Since February of 2012 he is based in Berlin, Germany where he has created a platform sourcing award winning creative talent from Europe in Asia called DESIGNLOBBY.ASIA and a match making agency for that connects creatives from Europe with individuals, corporations, agencies and Super Brands. 

Vassilios is the former CEO of CARTECO DESIGN CENTRE, a company awarded under his management as one of the 10 best companies in Europe for the Customer Focus Award at the European Business Awards 2009, together with companies such as DELL, DEUTSCHE TELEKOM, AIR BERLIN and others. 

He is actively involved in the Startup Community in Athens and Berlin, and he is the Ambassador and host of STARTUP SAFARY ATHENS.

He has founded and produced  successful festivals, events, conferences and workshops for the Architecture and the Design Community such as INVISIBLE HOTEL EXHIBITION (ATHENS 2005, NEW YORK, THESSALONIKI) GREEN DESIGN FESTIVAL in 2008 (40,000 visitors) and 2010 (150,000visitors), ATHENS ARCHITECTURE WORKSHOP  (2009), and he is currently co founder and producer  of two very successful conferences in Greece, one for Architecture and Interior Design called ESW [eso ] and one of the Industrial Design Scene called NTIZAIN.ORG both held at the ONASSIS CULTURAL CENTRE . 
He is the editor and founder of ARCHISEARCH.gr magazine and member of the board of advisors committee for the ECOWEEK Conferences worldwide.

Recently he took the rights for Greece and Cyprus for the development of ARKKI School of Architecture for Kids & Youth, a Finish program for creative education.
 
 

JORG VAN DEN HOVEN / CEO CHINA

Jorg van den Hoven is a leading design pioneer in China since 2001. After working for his own digital design agency during his studies, for Toyota’s Advanced Technology Dept. and having serviced various clients in different industries. He started his first company in China in 2005, and quickly that resulted in the first international award winning (Dutch) product design company in South China. After, working for the Netherlands Minstry of Foreign Affairs on the Creative Industry in China he realised that the power for innovation in China has endless potentials. During his project for the World Bank in Cambodia in 2010 he planned a new strategy for design in China. As consultant for private and government design organisations he observed the various potentials and creative improvements that would benefit both China and designers.

His strenght have always been starting up new enterprises, initiating new strategies and new inniatives. Bringing his back ground as: Industrial product design engineer (BSc.), Product Innovation Manager (MSc.) his courses at Sun Yat Sen Univerity MBA program, and his functions as strategist for companies and organisations in branding and technology assessments, he created a new perspective towards various organisations, including his own design company. Having met Mr Vassilios in 2011 both realised together they cover most aspects required for a good design agency and insight required to understand design, achitecture and fashion for the Asian markets.

He cooperated with many design organisations in Guangdong like: Canton Fair product Design Center, Guangzhou Design Week, Foshan Design Week, Shenzhen Design Expo, Shunde Industrial design Expo, Shenzhen Architecture Biennale, China Design Awards, Jin Tang design awards, China Industrial Design Association, and has been a invited speaker in a range of design events. He has also been responsible to launch various business and design platforms in South China, and was the co-author of the Chinese book “Added Value Design”.

THANOS ZAKOPOULOS / CREATIVE DIRECTOR / AMBASSADOR DESIGNLOBBY ITALY

Thanos Zakopoulos is a creator of varied forms and contexts. An artist, a designer and a photographer amongst other things, he likes to bring together different disciplines and situations creating projects which balance between contemporary art & design. He has presented and participated in many exhibitions around the world and has given lectures in various occasions in Europe and China. In 2008 he founded together with Katia Meneghini CTRLZAK Art & Design Studio based in Milan of which he is also the creative director. When he is not there his research trips take him to strange places sometimes as far as to infinity and beyond.

olgasismanidou@hotmail.com
+30 6944 42 6859
+86 1357 0546457

 

MIRACLES / DESIGN CONSULTANTS

MIRACLES visual experiments, is a design company, founded in Athens, Greece by Olga Sismanidou and Fotis Stamatopoulos in 1991.
We specialize in product and commercial spaces design, styling and window display, all over Europe and the MIddle East.
In the last 7 years we have been operating in China, combining our Western origins, training, experience and knowledge of the international market with the dynamic and continuously uprising market of China, designing furniture, lighting, ceramics and decorative items.We focus in innovative design, high quality products and promotion of our customers' companies.To do so we provide our customers with a variety of additional services, ranging from designing showrooms, exhibition stands, catalogues and  websites to overall consulting for a succesfull corporate identity and  branding of the company.


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