Jeff Mack - Chris Rochelle
Philippe Nigro, a French designer born in Nice, studied decorative arts and product design at the École Boulle in Paris. He began his career in Milan working alongside Michele De Lucchi, with whom he participated in numerous projects of furniture, light, interior, event and architectural design. Over the years these experiences, enriched by a blend of French and Italian culture, have allowed him to tackle widely differing aspects of design, moving between projects for well-known brands, the luxury industry and the crafts. He has curated exhibitions on design and was named Designer of the Year in 2014 by Maison & Objet. His Twin-Chairs, T.U. and Confluence designs are in the collections of the Centre Pompidou and the Musée des Arts Décoratifs.
Jeff Mack, glass artist and enthusiast, is the Hot Glass Programs and Projects Supervisor at the Corning Museum of Glass. His is a work of research that often incorporates traditional techniques into a contemporary vision. He creates sculptures, vases, objects and public works of art, collaborating as a master glassblower with many artists. He sees the museum as ‘a temple for sharing the knowledge and the practice of glassmaking at its deepest level.’ Chris Rochelle is leader of the Hot Glass Projects team at the Corning Museum of Glass. His path as a glass artist traces back to Hartwick College, where he got his first taste of working with glass while studying sculpture. In 2009 he joined the team at the Corning Museum, where he spent a long time travelling around with the Hot Glass at Sea programme and did a great deal of teaching, including in the GlassLab, where he worked in close contact with designers from all over the world on making prototypes for one-off objects.