Designers of the Year 2010: Graft
Herbert Lotz
Designers of the Year 2010: Graft
Graft is a productive bundle of contradictions. The five young partners collaborate on every design even though they are now working out of Los Angeles, Berlin, and Beijing. In their 12 years of practice, they've progressed from temporary installations to varied buildings and on to master plans and major urban developments, while insisting that they tackle only the projects that inspire them. The bright colors and swooping lines of their exuberant hotels, restaurants, and commercial interiors carry over into an ambitious project to rebuild a devastated ward of New Orleans. Playful and serious, inventive and socially responsible, there seems no limit to the potential of Graft.

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Designers of the Year 2010: Graft_01 Gingko Bacchus restaurant in Chengdu, China, 2008   Photo Credit: Lai Xuzhu, Oak Taylor Smith
Designers of the Year 2010: Graft_02 The Hotel Emporeror in Beijing, 2008   Photo Credit: Hong Chao Wai, L2 Studio
Designers of the Year 2010: Graft_03 The Hotel Emporeror, Beijing, 2008   Photo Credit: Hong Chao Wai, L2 Studio
Designers of the Year 2010: Graft_04 The Hotel Emporeror, Beijing, 2008   Photo Credit: Hong Chao Wai, L2 Studio
Designers of the Year 2010: Graft_05 Make It Right project, single-family house in New Orlean's Ninth Ward, 2007   Photo Credit: Virginia Miller
Designers of the Year 2010: Graft_06 Make It Right project, 2007, Camelback duplex  
Designers of the Year 2010: Graft_07 Make It Right program, 2007, Camelback duplex backyard
Designers of the Year 2010: Graft_08 Pink, 2008, a temporary, site-specific art work for Make it Right  
Designers of the Year 2010: Graft_09 Office tower in Dalian, China, to be completed in 2011   Photo Credit: rendering by Graft
Designers of the Year 2010: Graft_10 The W Hotel and Residences in lower Manhattan to be completed in April 2010   Photo Credit: rendering by Graft
Designers of the Year 2010: Graft_11 Moonraker installation, 2006, near Los Angeles   Photo Credit: Jeff Granbery
Designers of the Year 2010: Graft_12 Hotel Iveria in Tiblisi, Georgia, 2009   Photo Credit: HIEPLER & BRUNIER
Designers of the Year 2010: Graft_13 Opticon flagship store, Hamburg, Germany 2007   Photo Credit: Christian Barz
Designers of the Year 2010: Graft_14 The Q Hotel lobby in Berlin, 2004   Photo Credit: HIEPLER & BRUNIER
Designers of the Year 2010: Graft_15 The Q Hotel guest spa in Berlin, 2004   Photo Credit: HIEPLER & BRUNIER
Designers of the Year 2010: Graft_16 The Q Hotel guestroom, Berlin, 2004   Photo Credit: HIEPLER & BRUNIER
Designers of the Year 2010: Graft_17 KU 64 dental clinic in Berlin, 2005   Photo Credit: HIEPLER & BRUNIER
Designers of the Year 2010: Graft_18 KU 64 dental clinic in berlin, 2005   Photo Credit: HIEPLER & BRUNIER
Designers of the Year 2010: Graft_19 "Cocoon for an Open Mind," loft in a 19th-century building in Berlin, 2005   Photo Credit: Jan Bitter
Designers of the Year 2010: Graft_20 Kinderdentist in Berlin, 2008   Photo Credit: Golf Tattler, andi albert photographie