Design is an uncontrolled muscle according to Arik Levy (born 1963). Designer, technician, artist, photographer, filmmaker, Levy's skills are multi-disciplinary and his work can be seen in prestigious galleries and museums worldwide. Hailing originally from Israel and moving to Europe in 1988, Levy currently works in Paris with his 20-strong team of designers and graphic artists forming L design. The firm also produces brand identities, packaging, signage, exhibition and interior design. Following studies at the Art Center Europe in Switzerland where he gained a distinction in Industrial Design in 1991, Levy's first international success was winning the Seiko Epson Inc. competition, which jettisoned him into the public consciousness as a thinking designer. Respected for his furniture and light designs on all continents, Levi considers himself now more of a feeling designer. Life is a system of signs and symbols, he says, where nothing is quite as it seems.