Mirko Borsche was born in 1971 in the picturesque village of Tegernsee, Bavaria. He gained a post-graduate degree in Graphic Design from Kingston University, London, and completed his studies at the University of Applied Sciences Augsburg, Germany, with a diploma in Communication Design. From 1994 to 1999 he worked as an art director for advertising agencies, on clients such as Levi’s, MTV, and Mercedes-Benz. In 1999, Mirko became the art director of jetzt Magazin. Subsequently, he worked for the publishing company Gruner + Jahr, co-founding and art directing NEON. From 2004 to 2007 he took on the artistic direction of Süddeutsche Zeitung Magazin after which he founded his own graphic design studio, Bureau Borsche, and started working as a creative director for the national weekly newspaper Die Zeit.
Wolfgang K. Meyer-Hayoz
Meyer-Hayoz Design Engineering Group, Winterthur
Wolfgang K. Meyer-Hayoz studied mechanical engineering, visual communication and industrial design and graduated from the Stuttgart State Academy of Art and Design. In 1985, he founded the Meyer-Hayoz Design Engineering Group with offices in Winterthur/Switzerland and Konstanz/Germany. From 1987 to 1993, Meyer-Hayoz volunteered as president of the Swiss Design Association (SDA); he is member of the Association of German Industrial Designers (VDID) and of Swiss Marketing and the Swiss Management Society (SMG). Wolfgang K. Meyer-Hayzo serves as a juror on international design panels. Besides working on complex design processes, he also supervises change management and turnaround projects in the fields of design strategy.
Doreen Lorenzo is a successful leader of global creative firms, having advised Fortune 100 companies on design and innovation issues for decades. In March 2016 she was appointed Director of the Center for Integrated Design, University of Texas-Austin. She is a co-founder of mobile video insights firm Vidlet, as well as a board member and advisor of several other startups, and a columnist for Fast Company Co. Design and Medium. Doreen earned a master’s degree in communication and media studies from Boston University and a bachelor’s degree in theater from the State University of New York, Stony Brook.
Nils Holger Moormann
Designer and Entrepreneur, Aschau
Nils Holger Moormann positions himself somewhere between the conventions of conventionality and makes himself comfortable amidst his pieces of furniture. They are not unlike the man himself: ascetic, well thought through, and with a nod and a wink to posterity that is easily overlooked. As an autodidact and free spirit, Nils Holger Moormann has, from 1982 onwards, developed furniture with a number of mostly young, unknown designers which exhibits a reduced formal language and precise solutions to details. Nils’s key thoughts are simplicity, intelligence and innovation, and these colour the company’s entire philosophy.
Founder Vetements and CD Balenciaga, Milan, Zurich, Paris
Alfredo Häberli was born in Buenos Aires in 1964 and moves as a teenager to Switzerland with his family, where he studied Industrial Design at the Zurich University of Arts (ZHdK). Apart from many restaurants, there are a number of other interior projects to highlight: More than two dozen shops have been created for the Spanish shoe manufacturer Camper, as well as the entire interior of the Swiss Embassy in Copenhagen in 2016. The biggest project was probably the Hotel 25hours Zurich West, which opened in 2012. He was responsible for the overall interior decoration. He can combine tradition and innovation, joy and energy in his projects. This is how he sets the mark for signs in design history and receives the «Grand Prix Design» from the Swiss Federal Office for Culture in 2014.
Kim Colin (RDI) is at the forefront of industrial design as co-founder of London design studio Industrial Facility and its speculative branch Future Facility. She is the first female product designer to become a Royal Designer for Industry. Originally from Los Angeles, Kim moved to the UK and formed Industrial Facility in 2002 with British designer Sam Hecht (RDI). Kim has a Masters degree in architecture from Sci-Arc in California; she applies the spatial rigours of architecture to industrial design with great effect. Her studio’s work is well documented, with over fifty international awards, including 6 iF Gold Awards – more than any other British design office. She is a dedicated teacher and has taught design studios at the Royal College of Art, the Architectural Association and currently at ÉCAL in Lausanne. In 2018 the studio’s first monograph Industrial Facility was released by Phaidon Press.