Erwin Wurm was born in Austria and is one of the most successful artists in contemporary art. After numerous works and curated exhibitions, Erwin Wurm got the Grand Austrian State Prize in 2013. Photo: (c) Michael Wurm
For more than 15 years, Yves von Ballmoos managed the traditional furnishing store Zingg-Lamprecht in Zurich/Switzerland and two other locations. The studied business economist founded in 2009 also the interest group „Design Moebel Schweiz“, which represents about 50% of the Swiss Design Furniture Market.
Worked for many years as a conceptionist in advertising and publicity agencies. Since 2008 journalist at the daily newspaper „Die Presse“ in Austria, with a focus on topics from the field of architecture and creative industries. Since 2011 he is also responsible for editorial topics design and living in the insert „Schaufenster“.
Founder and organizer of the design-fair blickfang for more than 20 years, with his team in 7 cities in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Denmark. The fair presents furniture, jewellery and fashion from young, international designers apart from mass-produced goods and mass production.
Curator and journalist in the area of architecture and design and commission agent of the Austrian contribution to the 7th Architecture Biennial festival Sao Paulo. Founded the Vienna Design Week in 2007 and is now co-directress of the festival with Tulga Beyerle.
Internationally established product designer. Many of his works has been distinguished and has been acquired by various design collections. Professor of product design at the Muthesius Academy of Fine Arts and Design and in 2011, he was awarded the Austrian design prize. He lives and works in Vienna.
Joerg Suermann is the CEO of DMY Berlin, an international design network for contemporary product design, which grants awards annually for excellent projects and international exhibitions and gives visibility to innovative projects and products that go beyond the mainstream.
As manager of the CIS (Creative Industries Styria), he developed the network of the creative industries in Styria and conducted the application management for Graz as UNESCO City of Design.
Thomas D. Meier was appointed as the rectorof the Zurich University of the Arts. He is involved in cultural politics as well as different international networks.
Johann Heil is the artistic authority of Neue Wiener Werkstaette and responsible for design, product development and exhibition and fair planning. Among others, he designed Allegro, Johan, Mirabelle and Nuovo for NWW.
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