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Cedric Ragot

French designer Cedric Ragot believed that every design project should start with nothing but a blank page, a bit of soul searching and the notion that there are endless possibilities. Eschewing traditional shapes and forms, he created eclectic and novel designs in fields as diverse as furniture, lighting, tableware, jewelry, cosmetics, sports equipment and electronics. He won the prestigious Red Dot Design Award in 2009 for his Lacie flat cables and again in 2012 for the 3Mix 5000 hand mixer he designed for Krups. His Ming Dynasty-inspired porcelain Fast Vase collection—which he described as “frozen in digital acceleration”—earned him the coveted Good Design Award from the Chicago Athenaeum Museum for Architecture and Design in 2007. Ragot collaborated with such industry giants as Cappellini, Rosenthal, Panasonic, Roche Bobois, Swarovski, Azzaro and Häagen-Dazs. His work has been exhibited at the National Foundation for Contemporary Art in Paris as well as in Hanover, Vienna, New York and Milan. Born in Quimper, France in 1973, Ragot graduated from the famous Paris design school ENSCI-Les Ateliers in 1999 and opened his own design studio in 2002. From 2005 until his death in 2015, he collaborated with French furniture company Roche Bobois, and his designs include coffee tables, pedestal tables, end tables, sideboards, chairs and more.