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Austria-Israel Design Forum

A delegation of Austrian designers and manufacturers from various design fields to hold encounters with Israeli designers and industry.

The international segment of Design Week Holon is geared to the professional community in Israel, and will be held immediately after Passover, April 22-24, 2014. A delegation of some fifteen Austrian designers and manufacturers from various design fields will be attending Design Week Holon and holding professional encounters, discussion panels, and lectures with and for Israeli designers:


Dr. Franz Josef Kuglitsch, Ambassador of Austria in Israel
The Design Museum Holon has previously hosted Austrian designers and successfully showcased their innovative creativity during the annual Holon Design Week. Therefore I am delighted that this year's Holon Design Week focuses on design made in Austria. The Design Museum Holon offers highly talented Austrian and Israeli artists the opportunity to meet and get to know each other during the first Austrian - Israel Design Forum. This unique encounter offers a great platform for creative minds to express themselves and benefit from the networking and interaction allowing both creativity and business to flourish.
Permanent innovation is not only required in design but also in the economy, therefore I am convinced that this Austrian - Israel Design Forum clearly contributes to enhanced cooperation and will lead to further collaborations between both countries in the future.

Guenther Schabhuettl, The Austrian Commercial Counsellor

Having been given the privilege by the Holon Design Museum to expose Austrian designers during the Holon Design Week is of great significance, and I am proud to introduce such a broad variety of Austrian designers to make this year's emphasis on Austrian design. 
The idea of integrating design and business is not new. Well recognized Austrian design firms are cooperating with top global businesses, and young designers are also strengthening Austria's reputation as a design country. Allowing interactions of this sort take place play a central role to create international awareness for Austrian Design. During the Holon Design Week, Austrian and Israeli professionals are exposed to an exciting program, enabling them to interact, exchange thoughts and ideas in a special and unusual format. Let us allow ourselves to be surprised and inspired by the diversity and variety of this exchange and hope for further creative collaborations between Austria and Israel.


Vera Wiedermann

MOA Eating Products seduces into culinary worlds. Vera Wiedermann, born 1986 in Innsbruck, moved first to Milan and then relocated to Vienna to study Industrial Design at the University for Applied Arts and founding her own Design studio in 2010. MOA designs functional products from tableware to food and eating design concepts, develops space installations, restaurants and workshops. Her product TEAME offers a solution to the problem of losing the tea bag in the tea cup. The tea bag´s label can be fixed easily to the slot of the cup´s side and after usage, the tea bag can be deposited on the saucer.


Daniel Kalt

After leaving school, Daniel Kalt (1977) attended university in Vienna, Lisbon, Madrid and Paris, taking courses in Comparative Literature and Romance Studies. Forming part of Vienna's media industry since 2006, he has worked both as a freelance journalist and editor for various publishing houses in the field of online and print journalism. In 2010 he joined the permanent staff of the editorial team of the daily newspaper "Die Presse", and in July 2012 was appointed deputy editor-in-chief of the weekend supplement of "Schaufenster". Since November 2012 he has managed "Schaufenster" as the departmental head.

Dejana Kabiljo

Kabiljo Inc. designs and produces objects for all of us with little fetishes, bad habits and obsessions.
Kabiljo Inc. works are exhibited and published all over the world, included in collections of the Museum of Applied Art Belgrade, Wien Museum and MAK, Vienna. 
Dejana Kabiljo was lecturer at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, guest at the MAK, Vienna, Konstfack, Stockholm, and Fine Art Academy Sarajevo and at various design conferences. Received Japan Foundation Fellowship for residency and spent an extended summer in Tokyo in 98. Art director of the Vienna Museum of Technology from 95 to 97, Dejana graduated in architecture from the University of Belgrade, took her Master in Design from the Domus Academy Milan. Born in Split, Croatia, Dejana Kabiljo lives in Vienna.

Robert Rüf

Robert Rüf was born in Vorarlberg/Austria, studied Industrial Design at the University of Applied Arts Vienna and in 2007 established his design office in Vienna. His work is characterized by a pared-down, simple approach which pays tribute to the crafts of his origin and simultaneously formulates a basis for serial production. From the very beginning he worked in a broad variety of design fields which ranges from furniture-, product-, exhibition and interior design to urban, architectural interventions. He participated in numerous national and international exhibitions, among many awards he also gained the national Austrian Adolf Loos Design Prize "for the Advancement of Experimental Design".



Studio Novo

Following the philosophy "Design is never arbitrary", the Vienna-based, multiple award-winning design company Studio Novo specializes in the development of standard products as well as product and corporate brands for a large number of international clients. Under the brand Studio Novo | Home, the company attends to the development and marketing of selective furniture of the living area, which are used to be very neglected in terms of design.
http://www.studio -novo.com

Nik Pelzl

Nik Pelzl (1975) is founder and CEO of the Vienna based, multiple award-winning design company studio novo | communication & product design, which is specialized in the development of products from various industries manufactured in mass production as well as product and corporate brands for a large number of international clients. Since 2006 he is lecturer for product design at the University of Applied Sciences Wiener Neustadt. After his graduation as a graphic designer, he studied industrial design at the University for Applied Sciences „FH Joanneum". Before he founded studio novo in May 2005, he was working as a freelance designer in graphic and industrial design studios, advertising agencies and technical product development offices implementing projects for numerous well-known brands like e.g. Siemens, Philips, Smart, Otto Bock HealthCare.

Jan Mathis

After his graduation as an industrial designer at the University for Applied Sciences „FH Joanneum" in 2002, Jan Mathis (1979) worked in several design studios and offices for technical development, implementing projects for numerous well-known brands like e.g. Siemens, Philips, Smart, Otto Bock HealthCare. Since 2005, he joins the Vienna based, multiple award-winning design company studio novo | communication & product design.

Talia Radford

Talia Radford was born in Palma de Mallorca and educated in England before ending up in Vienna at the University of Applied Arts. Here she graduated in Industrial Design under Professor Hartmut Esslinger and earlier, Ross Lovegrove and Borek Sipek. After an internship in Hong Kong at Michael Young, Talia founded the design studio taliaYsebastian in 2011 which now exists as taliaYstudio. Her multicultural background and travels inspire her human-based approach to product design, in which the relationship people have with themselves, each other and their surroundings plays a central role. The studio also specializes in making technology tangible through design.
http:// www.taliaYstudio.com

Thomas Feichtner

Thomas Feichtner is an established Austrian designer based in Vienna. His work in the area of furniture and object design is positioned midway between industry and handicrafts, mass production and one-of-a-kinds and have been acquired by various design collections. In the year 2010 the MAK - Austrian Museum of Applied Arts / Contemporary Art edited a monograph about Feichtner´s work published by the Birkhäuser Verlag. Thomas Feichtner lives and works in Vienna and is a professor for product design at the Muthesius Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Kiel.


MOSTLIKELY combines architecture, computer graphics, design and sound. Their outstanding projects vary from buildings to installations as well as from videos to music productions, whereas boundaries between branches are most likely free flowing. The Viennese agency is run by the five partners Wolfgang List, Kurt Mühlbauer, Maik Perfahl, Mark Neuner and Robert Schwarz.

Wolfgang List

Wolfgang List (1978) is a founding member of MOSTLIKELY. He studied architecture at the Technical University of Vienna. During his studies Wolfgang List worked for the Berlin based architecture office Realarchitektur on projects like "Kunstsammlung Boros" and „Schneller Wohnen". Before founding his own office in 2008 he realized flagship stores and exhibition designs in London, Seoul, Tokyo, Köln, New York and Shanghai for the international brand Lomography Society. Wolfgang List is founder of the brand DIY ARCHITECTURE and co-founder of the DIY LAMPSHADE series by Mostlikely. He held workshops and lectures at the Escuela Taller de Bogotá / Columbia, the New Design University at St. Pölten and the Technical University of Graz.

Maik Perfahl

Maik Perfahl (1976) is a founding principal of Mostlikely. Drifting between the genres of Architecture, Design, Graphic and Animation, he creates conceptual renderings, designs and animations for Architects like DeluganMeissl, HenkeSchreieck, TheNextEnterprise, BWM or Denis Kosutic. For agencies like Ogilvy and other firms, he is doing animations and info-graphics to satisfy companies like Coca Cola, Philips, OEBB, Verbund and many more. On the other hand, he is heavily involved in Austrian CG and 3D communities, like IGCG or PIXEL Vienna, to support the local industry and to remain informed with industry trends. At the yearly PIXEL conference, he is organizing the AnimationFestival and supporting the architectural Visualization.

Photo by Tina Herzl

Rainer Mutsch

Rainer Mutsch studied Industrial Design at the University of Applied Arts (Prof. Paolo Piva) in Vienna, Furniture Design at the Denmark Design School in Copenhagen and Product design at the University of Arts (Prof. Archim Heine) in Berlin. 
Rainer worked as a senior designer for Studio Werner Aisslinger in Berlin, Germany and founded his own studio for industrial design in 2007 in Vienna. Rainer Mutsch's works are distinctive because of their intense examination of materials, their resulting material driven form and the way they re-question existing typologies. 
Rainer Mutsch has received many international awards and nominations for his work among them: Red Dot Design Award, Good Design Award, Brit Insurance Designs London, German Design Prize , Green Good Design Award, Material Innovation Award, Neocon Best of Show Award. http://www.rainermutsch.net

Reanne Leuning
Project Manager at the Office for Creative Industries at ADVANTAGE AUSTRIA
Reanne Leuning studied German Language and Literature and Communication and Information Studies at Groningen University in the Netherlands, and started her professional life in the cultural departments of the Dutch Embassies in Athens, Greece and Vienna, Austria. After that, she worked as a translator at the European Commission in Brussels and as an editor at the Austrian press agency Pressetext. She has been involved in many art projects in the context of her work for ART&IDEA, such as Vienna Art Week, "Flow - Festival of Conversation for Culture and Science" and the exhibition "A Way Beyond Fashion" at Apexart in New York. Since 2008 she works as a project manager for the Office for Creative Industries at ADVANTAGE AUSTRIA.

Rosa Mosa, Simona Springer

Salzburg born Simone is a graduate of Academy of Fine Arts Vienna as well as Cordwainers College for Footwear + Accessories in London. She received the ‘Curriers' Award for Excellence in Leather crafts' and became ‘Associate Member of The Guild of Master Craftsmen', before relocating in Vienna. In 2001 Simone Springer founded together with the Japanese Designer Yuji Mizobuchi the footwear and accessories label Rosa Mosa. Their designs are inspired by traditional techniques yet redefined in a new context of contemporary fashion trend. Rosa Mosa products are regularly presented at international Fashion Weeks (Paris, Milan, Tokyo) and are available through the most prestigious Boutiques and Concept Stores worldwide.

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