Iceland is a small island nation in Europe with 350,000 inhabitants, more or less. It's a unique place between heaven and hell, where civilizations had to overcome the power of volcanoes and the cycles of ice. It gave birth to unique and talented people such as Bjork, my favorite singer, and the worldwide respected designer Hjalti Karlsson.
Germany is a country of almost 82 million people. Its history of folklore and legend gave rise to stories of werewolves and Lorelei's sad siren songs. Germany is the birthplace of Albert Einstein and is now home to art museums, design schools, and the ever-talented Jan Wilker.
Together, these guys founded karlssonwilker, a design studio in New York City that inspires a generation of modern designers. If you look at their portfolio, you'll quickly understand that their work is all about disruption: how to create (and not follow) design trends and how to surprise and guide readers to a new experience. Their creations are colorful and produced with rage. I've always admired the energy that comes out of their work.
Ice is the canvas. Lava is the material. They are the design guides of digital natives. They break and enhance canvas. They are central in today's design world. I'm so excited to have met them at MAX 2013.
Michaël Chaize, based in Paris, is a creative evangelist for Adobe and focuses on web, mobile, and gaming experiments.