Erica Pecoskie & George Simionopoulos
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Is versatility the most important characteristic for being a successful designer in the 21st century? Erica Pecoskie and George Simionopoulos, the multi-talented husband and wife duo behind Group-Two Design truly epitomize this attribute. Now in their 30‘s, the couple met while finishing their degrees at the University of Toronto’s School of Architecture and have quickly become a notable emerging design duo.
Since establishing their design office in 2006, Group-Two has amassed an impressive portfolio with mass-market, high-end and niche projects in architecture, product, graphic and furniture design. The contrast between a cello holder, picture frames for Umbra and a sleek illuminated wall unit manifest their versatility.
Their LED Chandelier is a show-stopper and a paradigm of contemporary art/furniture. Resembling an extraterrestrial anchor, its form simultaneously subverts and pays homage to a traditionally shaped chandelier. The five-branched body is composed of LED lighting strips encased in a translucent resin.
Last year the chandelier won the RADOSTAR best prototype award at IDS Toronto and was featured in Dwell magazine. Just recently it has become available to the consumer market as a limited edition through Caviar20.com
While Erica and George continue to design furniture and product prototypes, recently they have been focusing on architectural projects (with Rue de Lux) restoring and renovating early 20th century mansions. The talented couple is part of a new generation of innovative design professionals in Toronto. Check out some of Group-Two’s product and furniture designs in the gallery.
Images: Group Two Design, Troy Seidman