We have been working with Laokoon for the past three years and sufficient time has passed for us to realise that it can never be truly grasped. In it we discovered a creative and unrestrained partner. We witnessed it’s organic development, it’s quest, that brings closer the designer, the textile and the client.
This process is induced by an exclusively delegated designer team for each project. They are those who through their daily contact already experienced the textile’s needs and tempers, who with minimal compromise are able to adjust the final masterpiece to a given technical fittingness.
Chief Executive Officer
After graduating at College of Finance and Accountancy Zoltán started his carrier at Central-European International Bank. From 1990 he was employee of the Corporate Finance team of the leading Central- and Eastern European Investment Bank, CAIB and from 2005 he became the CEO of the Hungarian affiliate. He is thoroughly experienced in corporate financing and mergers and acquisitions. He took part in several significant international and Hungarian capital market transactions, e. g. the initial public offering of MOL and Hungarian Telecom. From 2007 he was the Deputy CEO of Malév Hungarian Airlines, between 2008 and 2010 he worked as State Secretary of the Hungarian Ministry for National Development and Economy. Since 2014 Zoltán is the CEO of Laokoon Design.
Founder / Textile Artist
Zsuzsanna Szentirmai-Joly, the inventor of this unique material graduated in 2002 at Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design Budapest. Her bag prototypes made of Laokoon material have won Hungarian Design Award, and she has already showcased her work in several international exhibitions and festivals. She has also received grant of Akademie Schloss Solitude and Lajos Kozma Craft fellowship. Since the foundation of Laokoon Company her aim is to find materials, methods and exciting surfaces which are adjustable to the latest trends, so that she can give inspiration on the widest scale to all those designers who whish to use this extraordinary material.
Zsolt Csizmadia industrial designer, who graduated at Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design Budapest, is member of the team since 2015. He can already call his own several succesful projects, e.g. the colour-mixing lamps of Budapest MÜPA Palace of Arts’ hall, the reception desk of L’office coworking office, electric moped designed for Gepida company (co-designer Márk Selján), or the special suspended ceiling system of Paks Balneotherapy Institute (co-designer Gyöngyi Bokor). For an active freelancer designer with more than 20 years of experience, creating products from the unique material of Laokoon is a great challenge. There is no impossible for Zsolt in the field of design, and by his excellent technical approach and determination also the construction controlled by him results in the highest possible quality – no matter wether we are talking aobut lighting design or interieur design.
International Sales Director
Dreaming of a successful career in the advertising industry Alexandra studied PR and communications at Pázmány Péter Catholic University. With her part time job as a freelance conference interpreter she had the chance to travel the world and translate numerous sales conferences and meet the best sales trainers so her interest quickly turned to sales and business. A well connected professional with years of experience in the luxury fashion industry, a former buyer for fashion houses like Versace, Roberto Cavalli and Galliano. Formerly based in Los Angeles, relocated to Budapest to use her international experience to help Central European startups. A skilled sales professional, she’s pure hard American work ethic with a fine European taste and an outstanding sense for opportunities and building strong business connections.
PR & Marketing Manager
Right after he left the high school, Balázs joined to the market leading store chain in DIY segment in Hungary, where he started as a photographer and later as an editor and finally editor-in-chief. After 4 years of his carrier he left the company as creative director and started with Gentlemen’s CHOICE premium lifestyle magazine’s and Polgári Otthon (Bourjois Home) interior design magazine ’s deputy editor-in-chief position. He got BA degree of communication and media studies and Hungarian literature and linguistics on the Faculty of Arts of University of Miskolc.
Doing his journalist job, he regulalry accepts communication and PR consultant tasks, from which the most important was the head of communication and marketing position of S.T.Dupont Hungary. Balazs currently working as a contributing stylist at Lakáskultúra (Culture of Living) magazine, meanwhile he is resposible for Laokoon Design ’s press contacts and brand communications.
Nikoletta Szőke graduated in 2013 at Óbuda University as an industrial designer engineer. The young, enthusiastic professional who owns an excellent technical approach and accuracy, is the member of Laokoon team since her graduation. Her studies already gave her an excellent possibility to get an insight into the process of the production of lighting technology. She is responsible for ensuring the highest quality of production and the attendace of clients, and she is also fulfilling the everyday operational tasks of the company.