Culture + Commerce™
→ A strategic design consultancy firm, Culture + Commerce develops high potential design opportunities for global brands and international designers. Founded by Michele Caniato in 1997, and built on the belief that “good design is good business,” Culture & Commerce helps companies leverage design as a critical strategic platform. The company has had a significant impact on the design world, developing and negotiating high profile design projects and transactions for some of the world’s leading designers and businesses. The company first made its mark by bringing Philippe Starck to Target in 2001. Since then, its business savvy and creative expertise have been sought out by both designers seeking to develop new business, and companies who turn to Culture + Commerce to identify the right talent to leverage their design assets.
As the premier design management agency in the U.S., Culture + Commerce represents some of the world’s leading designers including Dror Benshetrit, Yves Behar, Milton Glaser, Sami Hayek, Piero Lissoni, Paola Navone, Matthew Rolston, Kravitz Design, Philippe Starck and Marcel Wanders. Culture & Commerce has developed projects in a wide range of industries—from consumer products and housewares to furniture and hospitality—for companies such as Microsoft, PUMA, Target, MAC, Rosenthal, Alessi, Cappellini, Poltrona Frau, SBE Entertainment, and the Morgan’s Hotel Group, among others. The company also provides marketing and communications support for both the projects it develops and to individual clients on an ongoing and project basis. culturecommerce.com
Services offered by Culture + Commerce include design project management, Design Incubator™ Services, designer representation, design inventory assessment, brief development, Design Monitor™, licensing management, speaker’s bureau services, event and media management, design literacy seminars and market research. The company has a full service in-house PR and events management team which represents—among others—COSMIT, the organizers of the I Saloni, the International Furniture Fair in Milan.
Designers we Represent:
Yves Behar, Jason Castriota, Dror, Milton Glaser, Sami Hayek, Piero Lissoni, Christopher Lowell, Lualdi, Paola Navone, MIO (Jamie & Isaac Salm), Matthew Rolston, Philippe Starck, Marcel Wanders, Kravitz Design, COSMIT.
Bombay Sapphire, COSMIT s.p.a., Levi’s Footwear, Maya Romanoff, Microsoft, PUMA, Rosenthal, Salton, SBE Entertainment Group, Skins Footwear, Target, Thailand Creative and Design Center. Boffi, Morgans Hotel group, Highgate Holdings, King & Grove, Virgin Hotels, McDonalds, Natuzzi, Poltrona Frau, Richard Ginori, Bontempi, i Guzzini, MAC Cosmetics, Tumi, Alessi, Starwood Capital, Cappellini.
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