After graduating with a degree in Graphic Design from the University of Kingston in London and a Communication Design degree from Fachhochschule für Gestaltung in Augsburg, Mirko Borsche worked as an art director for the advertising agency Springer & Jacoby. From 1999 he was the art director of the German youth publications jetzt magazine and NEON magazine. Starting in 2002 Mirko Borsche worked also as art director for Mini-International BMW Group. Since 2007 he is the creative director for the weekly newspaper DIE ZEIT and every other publication of the Zeit-Verlag. In 2007, Borsche founded his Munich design studio Bureau Mirko Borsche. He received numer- ous national and international awards, his work has been exhibited in Amsterdam, Barcelona, Florence, Stockholm, Seoul, and Tokyo.
Ayzit was born in Ankara, Turkey. After studying at the Munich Master School for Fashion, Ayzit launched her own label in 1995. Since 2012 she has been working with Philipp Bree, PB0110, designing bags and accessories. She has received several national design awards. Since 2012 she has been teaching at the department of Textile Design in the School of Arts and Design, Kassel. As an artist, she participated in various shows and performances in Munich and Frankfurt, her works are presented in galleries and exhibitions in Berlin, Paris and Tokyo.
Christoph studied industrial design in Munich and Los Angeles. In his diploma thesis, he developed the world's first laptop computer, which is nowadays on display at the Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich. Afterwards, he worked several years as a design manager both in the USA and later on in Germany. In 2011 together with designer friends, he co-founded the AUERBERG label, which is dedicated to the creation and distribution of furniture characterised as "radically subjective".
David Raffoul and Nicolas Moussallem are award winning Beirut-based designers. The duo studied together at the Lebanese Academy of Fine Arts and the Scuola Politecnica Di Design in Milan, going on to found their own studio, david/nicolas, in Beirut in 2011. Their unique way of blending retro, contemporary and futuristic elements gives their work a timeless aesthetic that translates to a wide range of projects. They work on whatever captures their imagination, from designing their own lines of furniture, to collaborating with prominent international brands, to high-end bespoke interiors. What every project has in common is attention to detail. Every aspect of their designs is meticulously thought-out, down to the last screw.
Arwed lives and works in Munich since 2014. From mid-2016 he has been running his interdisciplinary design studio. His comprehensive approach ranges from concept and design to product managment. The experience gained by working for renowned design studios, his active involvement in a carpenters' workshop and his studies in fashion and industrial design at the University of the Arts in Bremen have shaped the basis of his works. In 2016 Candle-Holder "Gerhard" was awarded with the German Design Award in the category "Excellent Product Design".
David was born in Wuppertal in 1985. He studied Industrial Design at the Academy of Fine Arts Stuttgart and worked throughout his studies as an assistant to the sculptor Tony Cragg in Wuppertal as well as for Marcel Wanders in Amsterdam, and nendo in Tokyo. In 2014 he founded "Studio David Lehmann" being based in Munich. A key theme in his work is to "make the obvious unobvious by hiding it behind the obvious", resulting in subtle outcomes that are nonetheless rich in detail and complexity.
Elisa studied "Textile and Surface-Design" at the KHB in Berlin and completed the MA course "Future Textiles" in 2009 at Central Saint Martins in London. Her work is pushing the boundaries between 2D and 3D, hard and soft materials, switching meanings and categories. Elisa is building bridges between textile- and furniture design, using wood to produce original textiles and objects. For her experimental designs she received the German Design Award, given by the German Design Council and the German Ministry of Economics. Elisa‘s work is shown for example at "Design Miami" and the "Victoria & Albert" Museum.
Christian was born in Erlangen, Germany, in 1974. He achieved his bachelor’s degree in industrial design at the University of Applied Siences Munich in 1999. In 2007, he opened a design studio in Paris, a move that would extend his personal and brand portfolio through multiple disciplines from porcelain, glassware and lighting to furniture and interior design. Today Studio Christian Haas is based in Porto, Portugal.
Karim visionary and prolific, Karim Rashid is one of the most unique voices in design today. With more than 4.000 designs in production, nearly 300 awards to his name, and client work in over 40 countries, Karim’s ability to transcend typology continues to make him a force among designers of his generation. Eschewing style in favor of designing in the modus of our time, Karim’s designs include luxury goods
(Christofle, Alessi, and Veuve Clicquot), democratic products (Umbra, bobble, 3M) timeless furniture (Bonaldo, Tonelli, Vondom) exquisite lighting (Artemide, Fontana Arte) high-tech products (Asus, SirinLabs), surface design, iconic graphics (Citibank, Sony Ericsson) and award-winning packaging (Method, Kenzo, Eos). Contemporary artwork created by Karim is featured in 20 permanent collections in various art institutions worldwide, including Brooklyn Museum of Art, MoMA, and the Centre Pompidou.
Sebastian was born in Bad Mergentheim, Germany, in 1981. He studied product design at Offenbach University of Art and Design (HfG). His work focuses on designing objects merging cultural contexts, combining new technologies with traditional crafts-manship in order to highlight the multifaceted beauty of the materials. Since he found his own design studio in 2006, he has designed products for manufacturers such as ClassiCon, Dedon, Fontana Ar te, La Chance, Moroso, Pulpo and Rosenthal, as well as working on interior design projects.
Relvãokellermann is an office for industrial design based in Munich. Founded by Ana Relvão and Gerhardt Kellermann, the office's work is focused within the areas of culture and commerce, ranging from brands like Bulthaup, Auerberg, Huawei or Cor. Relvãokellermann develop and create new products and objects together with its clients by constantly analysing, researching and solving problems, by discovering new usages and scenarios with an eye for new materials, technologies and changes in the current society.
Steffen was born 1976 in Bavaria near Ulm. He studied Industrial Design at the University of applied Arts in Vienna under Paolo Piva, Borek Šípek, Ross Lovegrove, and Hartmut Esslinger. During internships at companies such as BMW, Busse Design, and Frédéric Dedelley, he intensified his sense of form and materiality. He worked as a designer for Stefan Diez where he was responsible for several product developments. In 2009 he founded Atelier Steffen Kehrle and since then has been working with internationally renowned companies in the areas of product, exhibition and industrial design. Kehrle had a lectureship at Kunsthochschule Kassel from 2009 to 2014.
Sacha Walckhoff With a mix of French, Swiss, Slavic and African roots, Walckhoff’s influences are as diverse as his origins. His long association with fashion icon Christian Lacroix began in 1992 and continued for most of the ensuring two decades, with interludes designing menswear, womenswear and accessory collections for Kenzo and Michel Klein along the way. His tenure as hand-groomed successor to Lacroix culminated with his appointment to the post of creative director in 2010. More recently, Walckhoff has branched into new ventures where he has defined and developed his own unique style vocabulary on projects such as a furniture collection for Gallery Gosserez, a collection of porcelain collector vases for Vista Alegre and a series of glassworks with Verrum.