After graduating from School of Applied Arts in Kremnica, Ivan Čobej (1970) continued his studies at the design department of the Academy of Fine Art and design in Bratislava. At the beginning of the 90’s he was working in industrial product design. In 1995 he briefly taught at the Academy. 1996 was a breakthrough – he became a co-owner of Brik and also started a series production of his own furniture collection, Ferdinand, which is still being produced to this day. Since then he has been designing new minimalistic furniture pieces and collections every year. He has received a number of awards for his work as well as the National award for design.