Maria Cristina Hamel
Designer, born in New Delhi, she spent her childhood in India, Thailand, Austria, and in 1973 she moved to Milan, where she graduated at the "Scuola Politecnica di Design" in 1979. After working experiences with Andries van Onck, Ugo La Pietra, Ambrose Rossari, from 1981-1994 she was the main assistante to Alessandro Mendini in his studio and at the University of Applied Arts (MAK) in Vienna. Having actively participated at Alchimia, she soon developed her own particular multicultural style. Always self-producing her work, particularly in glass and ceramics, She has taught at the National Institute of Design in Ahmedabad in India (University whose were founders Charles and Ray Eames), the Craft ENAD of Limoges (France), the ISIA in Faenza, at the Università del Progetto in Reggio Emilia, to 'University of Applied Arts in Vienna and at the NABA in Milan and ISDAT in Toulouse (France).