Jürgen Diehl, Sandra Weber and Tanja Frei are the creative forces driving koziol werksdesign. Jürgen Diehl, who was born in 1961, received his master's degree in industrial design from the Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences. Since 1990, Diehl has created an entire range of well-known koziol icons. Sandra Weber was born in Offenbach in 1972. She first apprenticed as a carpenter, then trained as a goldsmith at the Zeichenakademie in Hanau. Her unique eye for form has been helping shape koziol products since 2002. Tanja Frei, born in 1977, hails from Göppingen and is a trained goldsmith. She studied product design at the Aachen University of Applied Sciences. She has been a member of the successful team since 2009.
While still studying Industrial Design at the Folkwang University of the Arts in Essen, Tino Valentinitsch was already working for the co-founder of Memphis Aldo Cibic in Milan and producing his first designs for koziol. He is currently working in the luxury product & brand design segment where he is designing brands, furniture, interiors, exhibitions, consumer goods and packaging. Tino Valentinitsch divides his time between Vienna and New York.
Robin Platt was born in South Africa in 1962. He studied furniture design at the London College of Furniture and won the New Designers Award in 1989. Cairn Young, born in 1963, hails from California. He studied at Kingston University, also in London. Together they have headed their own studio in the British capital since 1991. The two designers have a natural affinity to organic shapes, capricious curves and lighthearted lines that flow into each project in their own unique ways.
Originally from Venezuela, Rodolfo Agrella completed his initial degree in architecture before moving in 2007 to Milan. It was there, at the north Italian city's famous "Politecnico," that he added the finishing touches to his formal training. He demonstrates a high degree of sensory sensibility in creating products that are one of a kind and which confidently assert their functional qualities. These indisputably take inspiration from the overwhelming natural world of Agrella's home country – featuring organic silhouettes, structures and flowing contours familiar from its lush tropical forests and vegetation.
Matteo Thun was born in Bozen, Italy, in 1952 and studied at Salzburg Academy under Oskar Kokoschka. In 1975 he completed a degree in architecture in Florence, and began cooperating with Ettore Sottsass in Milan three years later. Thun is a founding member of the legendary Memphis Group that was so instrumental in shaping the design of the 1980s. In 1984 he established the architecture and design firm Studio Matteo Thun in Milan. For koziol he developed the trailblazing cup AROMA.
Annette Lang studied industrial design at the Stuttgart State Academy of Art and Design and has worked for several designers including Matteo Thun, Antonio Citterio and Ettore Sottsass. Since 1989, Annette has had her own design studio in Wiesbaden where she designs luxury furniture as well as tableware and cutlery. She has been awarded numerous prizes for her designs.
The architect Alessandro Mendini also ranks among Italy's best-known designers. With his theories and ideas, he has seminally shaped avant-garde design in Italy, not least in his capacity as publisher and editor-in-chief of the magazines Casabella, Modo and Domus. Alongside famous buildings like the art museum in Groningen and Paradise Tower in Hiroshima, he has developed numerous trailblazing product designs.
Maria Christina Hamel, born in New Delhi in 1958, is one of Italy's leading designers. She completed her degree at the Milan School of Design in 1979 and subsequently took up a post as Alessandro Mendini's assistant. She has led design teams for Alessi, Swarovski, Rado, Swatch and Türler. In 1992 she created her ceramic "Una zebra a pois" which was followed by "Mille bolle blu" in 1993. She has made her name chiefly with designs for glass and porcelain manufacturers.
Born in Hanover in 1964, Wolfgang Hints studied industrial design in Essen and Florence. He settled in Vienna in 1990, where he initially freelanced for various design studios while lecturing at the Vienna Academy for Visual Arts. He was subsequently appointed assistant professor at the city's University of Applied Arts, where he worked alongside Matteo Thun, Paolo Piva and Enzo Mari. In 1966 Wolfgang Hints launched his own design studio called "thesevenhints."
Silvina Iglesias is part of Seventh Sense, a studio established by designers born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She studied industrial design at her home city's university, before moving to Milan in 1999 where she and her compatriots founded Seventh Sense. The majority of her designs have been for tabletop items, consumer goods and sports articles.
Inci Mutlu was graduated in Industrial Design from Middle East Technical University in Ankara and attended workshops at Domus Academy in Milan. Between 1998 and 2000 she worked as a freelance designer in Istanbul. Moving to Milan she started collaborating with Luca Milano as Mutlu+ Milano Design Studio.
René Barba is an American designer who has lived and worked in France since 1990. In his designs, Barba experiments with a wide range of materials. Several of his pieces are on display at the Musé des Arts décoratifs. He has also worked as an interior decorator for Jack Henry in Paris and for Calvin Klein.
The French architect Serge Atallah opened his Paris-based agency ase product in 1997. His work ranges from planning architectural projects to object design to product design. His creations are characterized by high functionality and intelligent humor.
Maria Berntsen's work displays the guiding influence of intuition. After all, "Good design not only meets a plausible need, it also communicates a mood." In her own agency, which she founded in 1992, Maria Berntsen designs furnishings, lamps and items of everyday use. She always emphasizes the importance of working with different materials in her work. In addition to heading the studio, Maria Berntsen also teaches at the Danish School of Design.
Boris Kupczik is a storyteller. His language is clear, his choice of words precise. And each of his tales has an unexpected twist. But Boris Kupczik isn't actually the narrator. His products – which he has been creating in his own Hamburg studio since completing his Industrial Design degree at the city's University of Fine Arts – tell the stories for him.