Other designers

Akantus

Founded and managed by the three designers Rolf Bürger, Cornelius van den Hövel and Gerhard Scherbinski-von Volkmann, HELIX-Akantus mainly worked with the design of lights after its establishment in 1989. The development and construction of the Akantus Collection was added later, consisting of high quality products / accessories from the living division. In addition to WMF-specific developments, a part of this award-winning and renowned Akantus Collection is manufactured and distributed exclusively by WMF.

André Stocker Design

Inspired and influenced by daily impressions from the environment, nature, technology as well as art and culture, we are looking for new and unique concepts and ideas that, when applied to products, shape daily life in a lasting and positive manner.

Design is based on people and their individual needs. We therefore use various knowledge and, depending on the project and requirements, work together with specialists from different fields. The portfolio of André Stocker Design includes products for the kitchen and household, furniture, medical devices, electronics and products for industrial applications.  André Stocker taught technical design at the University of Darmstadt for five years.

aroma_ID

aroma_ID was founded in 1999 and has a number of highly specialised employees that make up a creative and highly qualified team. aroma_ID's method of operation is based on the experience of 20 years in product development and design. During this time, the tasks posed to a designer have changed dramatically.

"As designers, we now bear more responsibility for the entire development process, network clients with manufacturers at home and abroad, support our partners from the conception to mass production and work closely with our clients' marketing and sales departments. We work strategically by developing product visions for the future, analysing markets and consumer habits, recognising and examining trends, thereby helping to define guidelines for future product development. Against the background of global competition, industrial design is faced with the task of offering an efficient design process more than ever before. aroma_ID faces these requirements with its own work processes.“ Under the direction of graduate industrial designer Karsten Küber in her design studio in Offenbach am Main, aroma_ID meets new challenges with aspiration, motivation, professionalism and a network of freelance specialists, partner agencies and manufacturers for prototype and series production.

Astrid Stingele-Bosch

Since 1989, Astrid Stingele-Bosch, has been a collaborator in the area of product development and design. Through years of experience in the field of model making, form and product design, they created a very good basis for their design. Today, she is responsible for the design of different products and graphics. "Plain and simple-looking design solutions are often the most difficult."

Barski Design

Barski Design is a much-awarded full service design agency in Frankfurt am Main. Owner-managed, innovative and uncomplicated. For more than 20 years, seven designers have been developing creative design solutions in the areas of consumer goods, medical devices, information technology and sanitation, as well as packaging and public design.

The intelligent combination of human, social and technological requirements produce sophisticated products with a high aesthetic life expectancy. All with one goal: People focused design. The products designed by Barski Design are commercially and culturally successful and were globally recognised for their high design quality with numerous iF, Red Dot and Good Design awards.

BUDDE BURKANDT DESIGN

was founded by Janine Budde and Marco Burkandt in Munich. The work of the studio is built on an extensive range of skills covering product strategy and product development from various market segments. LCD displays, porcelain, kitchen gadgets, loudspeakers, measuring tools and many other products represent the multifaceted design method which inspires Janine Budde and Marco Burkandt and keep them alert to new developments.
"Our fascination with innovative developments and our curiosity for different and unexplored areas drives us on to continually develop new methods and solutions."
Convinced of the potential of each product to be individual and special, the team works on its designs with the aim of creating clear and unmistakeable aesthetics from this special requirement.

Cairn Young

Born in 1963 in Los Angeles, Cairn Young first studied at the Central School of Art in London and then completed a degree in architecture at Kingston University. In 1991, he worked together with R. Platt. Today, he is an independent designer at Clements Yard Studio in London.

His work (or rather his game) is focused on furniture and product design for Driade and Sawaya & Moroni in Italy, Rosenthal, koziol and Auerhahn in Germany as well as Baccarat in France. In addition to work on interior design projects for private customers, he recently expanded his range to include transport design (first-class aeroplane seats in cooperation with Opius in London, as well as boat interiors) and sports equipment.

Clusiv Design

With her design office CLUSIV, Katja Falkenburger explored the intersections between technology, material and design.

Dealing with topics from very different projects opens new perspectives, links and symbioses. Thus, innovative ideas and functional forms of simple elegance arise that sometimes catch a wink.

Daniel Eltner

Design should emotionally touch people deeply and move them to deliberately handle the objects around themselves. This philosophy characterises the work of Daniel Eltner. For him, design is the culturally and artistically inspired communication with the means of aesthetic expression.

For this purpose, the designed object must address and invigorate the human senses as an aesthetic experience through the object and its corresponding use. This requires that the objects have a soul, a character and a distinct ability to communicate.

Every designed object must be autonomous, i.e. it must be perfect in its design, form and function. It should have original characteristics and a strong personality in order to be able to assert itself against "the everyday" and exist along with it. This results in a design of objects that is equally distinctive and has a formative effect on people that deal with them. <

The design of the products from the "style" series reflect this design philosophy and are therefore also an expression of a contemporary view of lifestyle, which places experiencing the environment in the spotlight through and with design. 

Daniel Eltner has been working as an independent designer since 1994 with a focus on tableware and accessories for Walküre, Carl Mertens, Leonardo, Rosenthal, Moser and WMF. Since 1997, he has also run a joint studio with Lino Sabattini in Bregnano, Italy.

His products have won numerous design awards, including from the Design Zentrum NRW, Essen and from the Industrie Forum Design Hanover. He was also nominated for the Design Award of the Federal Republic of Germany and participated in numerous exhibitions.

Dieter Sieger

Dieter Sieger is an architect from his training and earlier work. His work as a designer is also strongly characterised by the associated design concept. The combination of archetypal basic forms and traditional proportions leads him to innovative and contemporary design concepts.

Emphases of Dieter Sieger's work are his projects for renowned design-oriented companies in the health industry, manufacturers of residential lighting and the field of porcelain, glass and accessories. In addition to his Materia I and Materia II cutlery collections, he also designed the Materia household knife series for WMF as well as highly successful coffee machines for professional use.

It is Dieter Sieger's goal "to develop utilitarian objects that satisfy the needs beyond mere functionality."

designpraxis diener

Innovative design in the overall process of product development and company support.

The "designpraxis diener institute for innovative design" is a leading successful design service company, founded by professor Horst Diener in 1974. Fields of activity are the design and development of consumer and investment goods as well as the development of entire product lines.

Our strength is finding and implementing innovative ideas. The vision and product idea, goal-oriented creativity. The independent and distinctive form, system design and consistency to the last detail, the development to the user interface and the user guidance.

Over 200 national and international design awards speak for the expertise and successful work.

The major awards are the Good Form Federal Award, Janus French National Award, iF Corporate Design Award, iF Top Ten, iF Industry Best, International Colour Design Award, Museum of Modern Art, New York.

In the ranking: Design – The 100 Best, fourth place; multiple nominations in the Top 20 International Companies and Design Service Providers.

Frauke Beck

The designer Frauke Beck studied at the Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design. In her diploma on the topic of "Food – more than just nutrition," she was already dealing intensely with our culture regarding the intake of food.

Frauke Beck has been working in internal design at WMF AG since early 2007. Her designs are characterised by a direct and feminine language of forms.

In her design, it is important to Frauke Beck to create an emotional connection between the product and the person.

Her aim is to interpret items of everyday use in a new and contemporary manner and to give them a soul.

Her creations include the Momo children's cutlery, parts of the BarStyle bar set as well as the Tavola and Geo table collections (first appearing in autumn).

Fred Danner

Stylistic confidence and perfection to the finest design detail characterise the cutlery designs of Fred Danner. In his many years of work as a designer for WMF, he has distinctly shaped the company's cutlery design. Many of his designs have become true classics. Fred Danner's most different designs still have the clarity of artistic expression in common.

In the areas of tension between free creative work, market requirements and technical possibilities, he says: "Accomplishing the idea is as important as the idea itself. It is about the essence of the idea, which will be purely and cleanly brought to a point."

gobrecht ID

Good design is our core expertise - This guiding principle includes working towards a symbiosis of a clear design language, intelligent technology, perfect ergonomics and a colour and surface design tailored to each object.

gobrecht ID has existed in this form since 2007 and is managed and completed by designer Thomas Gobrecht. Born in the 1960's, his path took him through renowned German design agencies following his design and music degree to the foundation of his own studio.  

Consumer electronic products, investment goods, furniture design, medical devices, household appliances, accessories, etc., belong to the everyday design that has already been awarded several times. In addition to the design activities, he also lectures at various universities.  

IDEA Product Design

The IDEA PRODUCT DESIGN studio community was founded in 1980. The creative concept of IDEA is: "Creating value through design creativity." The aim of IDEA is to develop efficient, useful products in this sense that meet needs in an uncomplicated and very flexible manner. The benefit to the consumer is confronted with pure formal and aesthetic considerations in the foreground.

Many of the products designed by IDEA are bestowed international design awards. In addition to designs for the WMF Table and Kitchen division, IDEA also develops and designs high quality watches, tools and other products.

Jutta Keil

Already at a very early age, Jutta Keil found her way via Milan and Matteo Thun to WMF. In the following years, more customers came from the fields of living and dining culture, glass and porcelain, as well as furniture and trade fair construction.

It is Jutta Keils' premise that the finished product should provide visual and tactile pleasure in daily use based on an optimal functionality. Inspired by the power of nature, the Spanish sun and the Bavarian mountains, products are created that reflect this energy. Her interest in technical developments and new trends in fashion and lifestyle are expressed in her ideas. With her own language of forms, she creates a new sphere of quality of life.

Matteo Thun

Matteo Thun founded his own design studio in Milan in the mid-eighties and has since been dedicated tot he task of designing items of everyday use for renowned brands. As one of the co-initiators of the "Memphis" design movement, Matteo Thun quickly gained widespread prominence.

The slogan "Baroque Bauhaus" characterises the work of Matteo Thun. The objective and functional design dominant up until the 1980's is thus enriched by a functional component. He did, however, issue a clear rejection of exaggerated language of shapes. He is concerned about the realisation of the basic principle of harmony and symmetry. More than just appearance is crucial here. Especially with cutlery, with which you have frequent and intense physical contact, you must be able to feel the shapes.

MM Design

Einstein once said, "As simple as possible, but not simpler." Taepper attempts to keep to this maxim in all of his designs. Design that is durable.

Moonpeople

The dark side of the moon has always represented the general subconscious, a dream world. Moonpeople are researchers of these spheres and use this source of inspiration to create new forms. Just as the craftsmen of all ages have done to create the familiar archetypes we know. The creation of objects runs through a cycle, just like the moon phases: The new moon corresponds to inspiration, the half moon to two-dimensional design and the full moon to materialisation in the form of a model. In the tradition of craftsmanship, it is also our endeavour to create archetypal objects for the present.

moonpeople: Ingmar Bungert, designer Joachim Luft, transposed digits.

Ingmar Bungert 4 August 1965, Training: Carpenter at Bungert Dinslaken, graduate designer in Object Design, Technical College of Niederrhein, Krefeld, Bachelor of Science in Industrial Design, Ninth Term Honours, Art Centre Europe, Vevey, Switzerland, Art Centre of Pasadena, California, USA

Neunzig Grad

Barbara Funck was born in Munich in 1969 and 25 years later started the design studio neunzig° in Ulm with Rainer Weckenmann. She likes to draw little monsters in crazy spaceships and chairs with long legs. Barbara can hold her breath for a long time and bubble "All my little ducklings" under water. She moved with Rainer to the Stuttgart area in 1999. Since then, they have been living in a beautiful old house directly on the river. And if they are not dead, then they are still living and working there today.

Rainer Weckenmann was born in Stuttgart in 1966. As a child, he liked to etch boards. Today, he lives together with Barbara Funck and their son Phil in Wendlingen. Rainer loves adventurous trips in foreign countries and prefers to sleep under the stars. He thinks fishing is extremely boring. Since he has been a father, he has had to do it anyway. He founded neunzig° design together with Barbara in 1994. He is the only person in the team who knows how to make real spaetzle, but not the only one who likes to eat it.

pearl creative

The Ludwigsburg design studio pearl creative was founded in 2000 by the German-Italian designer duo Christian Rummel and Tim Storti. They got to know each other while studying design in Pforzheim and then worked together for several years at Phoenix Design in Stuttgart. With pearl creative, Tim Storti and Christian Rummel help their customers to get a reliable answer to the question of what products the consumer really would like to have in the future. This is not primarily about design features, but rather is about new ideas, combinations, applications and especially new user experiences that will shape the products of tomorrow. For ten years, pearl creative has been conceiving of and designing products that attract attention, functionally inspire and speak to the hearts of consumers.

pearl creative has been distinguished with over 40 design awards for its designs, including the Red Dot Design Award, IF Design Award, Good Design Award and the Focus Green in Gold. In 2008, pearl creative was one of the 25 winners of the Design Award of the Federal Republic of Germany, the highest design award given in Germany.

Peter Bäurle

The cutlery designs by Peter Bäurle are the perfect synthesis of experience and creativity. In over forty designs that he has realised for WMF as a designer since 1980, Bäurle has created various designs with astonishing versatility and great sensitivity. In doing so, his range reaches from timeless classics to perfect universal cutlery to highly topical implementations of zeitgeist topics.

In his design work, he pursues the aspiration: Work out the essentials by reducing. "Omission is more difficult," he says," than packing a wealth of details into a design." Thus, cutlery models with a clear, characteristic language of forms develop, regardless of what target group they are designed for.

Peter Ramminger

Designer Peter Ramminger has been working in "internal design“ at WMF since 1999.

Designing is the challenge for Peter Ramminger. Designing products that make your everyday easier and more beautiful. It is his harmonious forms that lend clarity to the function and thereby make the product appealing.

Sebastian Bergne

After studying at the Royal College of Art, Sebastian Bergne founded his London design studio in 1990. Since then, he has earned a reputation as one of the leading designers of products for the preparation, presentation and consumption of food. For over twenty years, Bergne has been working for leading brands such as Heston Blumenthal, Driade, Gaia & Gino, MUJI, Moulinex, Tefal, Tolix and Vitra. 

His works show less of a characteristic style, but rather strive for suitable new solutions for different design problems, which he implements in customer-specific projects and anonymous consumer products.   Sebastian Bergne's design services are honoured with international   design awards, regular publications, exhibitions and a permanent collection at the Museum of Modern Art (New York) and at the Design Museum (London). He shares his knowledge and experiences through lectures, readings and panel participation.

SIGNCE

In 2003, Alf Hackenberg and Martin Langkau founded the company SIGNCE in Munich, which is an internationally renowned company for strategic design development with a focus on product and user interface design.

Regardless of the product, whether it is a mobile phone or a home accessory, the consumer and his specific needs are always at the forefront of the development.

Understanding the market and consumer needs are the most important factors for developing new, innovative and, above all, successful product and user interface solutions. With a team of designers and market researchers, SIGNCE combines strategic thinking with excellent and much-awarded product and user interface design in order to aid our customers to market success.

Squareone

Gert Trauernicht and Martin Topel from the Düsseldorf office Squareone stand for a form-reduced, functional language of design. Their attention is paid to the processes within which a product functions. With the new "Living Management" product line, which Squareone Design developed for WMF, a completely new product segment has been created: The aesthetic and also functional organisation of everyday activities in the kitchen and living areas.

Squareone is an office for design, strategy and product development that specialises on the complex development and design of innovative consumer and industrial goods. In addition to the high degree of expertise for functional design in the area of "dining culture," the office has excellent experience in the field of technically and strategically-oriented product development.

Studio Wagner

Wolf Udo Wagner and his team design consumer goods for table and kitchen, products from the electronics area, sports and leisure as well as aircraft interiors. Furnishings is another field of work.

"For me, the challenge in designing new products lies in identifying the context of people, environment and culture, specifically in terms of the identity and needs of the user. I question the structure of things to allow something new to arise" says Wolf Udo Wagner. The claim of Wagner Design, in addition to formal innovation, of achieving a technical and functional optimisation is particularly evident with the developments for WMF.

Thalia Schuster

Thalia Schuster

Thalia Schuster studied product design at the College of Design in Schwäbisch Gmünd and at Ingvar Kamprad Design Centre in Sweden. Already during her studies, she worked for renowned companies from the kitchen, furniture and household fields.

Today, the designer works in the internal design department of the WMF Group and designs products with the highest design requirements. Her design is characterised by a unique character, an emotional language of forms and a lovingly detailed design. Many design prizes and awards validate her work. In 2011, Thalia Schuster was nominated for the coveted Design Award of Germany already for the second time.

Trendworks

Innovation is not a coincidence! The constant dealing with future institutions, trends and market research results in various disciplines leads to a comprehensive knowledge of the entire market. Understanding the needs, concerns and desires of people leads to a recognition of the resulting necessities.

Bettina Haller develops products for people and their homes, from cutlery to crockery, from kitchen utensils to cookware and from desk accessories to interior design.

She places emphasis on competence in choosing the material and colour and the selection of surfaces. The aesthetic quality of the products that she develops stands in the foreground along with the function. She works with brand specialists and manufacturers in her network. Thus, the best product, the best marketing and a promotional product presentation are developed together. For her customers, this means a complete solution from one source.

Torsten Neeland

For Torsten Neeland, an optimal product is described from the unison of form, manufacturing technique and use. He is keen to design products that are visually long-lasting. His works stand for a clear architectural language of forms.

Inner architectonic projects and product design have equal importance for Torsten Neeland. He is particularly interested in experimenting with light. Everyday objects, tools, coincidences or even meetings with technicians serve as a source of inspiration to him.  

Torsten Neeland has been living and working in London since 1997 and is among of the famous new minimalists in design. However, he never disregards the human, emotional quality of a product or inner architectonic solution.

Volker Bäurle

Volker Bäurle has been working in product development at WMF AG since 1996.

Trained as a steel engraver, he moved to the "internal design" of the Table and Kitchen division of the WMF Group in 2008. 

When designing innovative products, he stands for the perfect form in the foreground without foregoing an intuitive operation. This interplay of design and function is reflected in his designs.

Walter Wenzl

Walter Wenzl, born in 1957 in Zwiesel, completed training as a glass engraver and gained practical knowledge about glass blowing and glass finishing during his subsequent studies as a glass designer. Regular study trips to the international glass centres expanded his horizons. Wenzl has received several design awards for his work since 1981.

In 1985, he founded his own design studio and has since worked in the industry at home and abroad. He deals with nearly all technologies in glass production. From this experience, he often pushes the limits of what is possible in order to realise creative and original design. His creations, including many successful drinking glass series, are characterised by clear, symmetrical lines and curves.   

Following the motto "less is more," he focuses on the essentials, which is the characteristic of his design. He describes his view as, "good design is as little design as possible - it makes a product understandable and durable."