SEBASTIEN LEON AGNEESSENS, Design Director, was born in Blois, France, leaving home at seventeen to pursue an undergraduate degree in mathematics. His first job was with the French trade commission in South Korea and in 1997 and he received an MBA from Bocconi University in Milan. After a short period working as a marketing executive in Madrid and New York, Sebastien left the corporate world in 2001 to establish "The Point", a project space showcasing new works of New York artists, gradually morphing into his own creative agency, Formavision. In addition to producing monumental installations and collaborating with numerous artists across the world, Sebastien also runs his own artistic practice - Studio Sebastien Leon - for which he creates sculptures, music, drawings, paintings, and installations.
Sebastien exhibits his work internationally in galleries and museums: Paris’s Palais de Tokyo, New York’s Park Avenue Armory, Beijing’s UCCA, and Milan’s Palazzo della Triennale. His work is featured in publications worldwide: The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Corriere della Sera, Frame Magazine, and Dezeen. Sebastien was invited to lecture at the Harvard MBA and School of Design and was also the subject of a 30 minute feature by NHK, Japan’s leading national public television broadcasting channel.
Sebastien is the recipient of the 2019 FGI Rising Star award in the furniture design category.