1974 born in Esslingen/Neckar in Germany1994 High school degree1994-95 basic studies in art at Freie Kunstschule Stuttgart1995-97 apprenticeship as a cabinet maker2006 degree in product design at the Karlsruhe University for Arts and Design (HfG)since 1999 freelancing work as a designersince 2006 employed at Liganova in Stuttgartliving and working in Stuttgart / Germany
Q : When did you realize you wanted to be a designer?A : I always wanted to create something of use. Later on in high school, I was very interested in art. There, I realized that I could creating something which is usable but with an artistic perspective. That was the time when i wanted to become a designer.Q : How would you define your design style?A : I would describe it as using forms and shapes to create and reflect functionality.Q : What would you do if you were not a designer/artist?A : Probably, I would be a photographer. I like to reflect things and situations by watching. Q : Where do you draw your ideas/inspiration from?A : Art inspires me a lot, therefore I go often to art exhibitions. But also, architecture and furniture of the past and from other cultures are a big inspiration source to me.Q : Who do you consult about works?A : Friends and colleagues that work in the same field.Q : Which of your projects do you consider a success?A : I guess "Sampling Sehnsucht".Q : Which of your projects do you consider a failure?A : One of the very early study works which is not worth to be mentioned.Q : What is the first design work you can recall?A : It was a small cabinet during my apprenticeship as a cabinet maker.Q : To what extent do you believe that design should be functional?A : Functionality should have a dominant role in a designed piece, but at the same time it should look good to be attractive to the user.Q : Name a colleague you admire.A : Konstantin GrcicQ : What have you learnt about design yourself?A : Design is not only giving a shape to things, it is far more than that: providing solutions for problems by shape and functionality.Q : What in your opinion is the greatest design invention in recent years?A : The IpodQ : With which personality from the past would you like to have coffee?A : Le CorbusierQ : Which materials interest/fascinate you most?A : All kinds of lightweight materials.Q : What advice would you give a designer at the start of his career / What advice would you have liked to receive at the start of your career?A : Try to explore foreign countries, cultures and societies as much as you can by travelling to other countries and/or staying there for a certain period of time.Q : What are your future projects?A : At the moment I am employed at an agency which is starting business in India. I will be there for a certain period of time to set up several design projects for them.