Born in 1960 in Stamberg, Markus Hartmann completed his studies in the field of Industrial Design at the Kassel Gesamthochschule [Polytechnic] in 1982. In the spring of 1989 he obtained his degree as a qualified designer in the field of Furniture and Interior Finishing under Professor Hans Ell.
In 1990 he began to work on a self-employed basis and incidentally found his calling as a visiting lecturer at the Werkakademie für Gestaltung in Kassel.
Markus Hartmann has received numerous awards for his outstanding work, such as in 1994 the "TOP TEN Upholstered Furniture Award, Europe" for a recliner, which still has a solid place in specialist retail outlets. The ""iF 1995"" and ""iF 1996"" brought him an award for good design from the Industry Forum Design in Hanover, and he was selected as one of the ""TOP 200 - The best 200 Designers for the Year 2000"" in a selection by the periodical ""MD"".
Markus Hartmann has lived and worked in Frankfurt am Main since 1993, devoting himself to his creative side in order to continue to inspire high-standard home interiors with good design.
Models: Gabo, Pavo, Varino & Easy
Born in 1949 in Coburg, until 1980 furniture design was not actually what he had planned to do with his life. One of the first products developed under his own name was an armchair with a leg rest, which was honoured for its good design, made a big splash in the trade press and also sold very well. That model is still produced today in unaltered form.
Building upon that success, the focus of his work (in addition to some developments in the fields of trade fair construction and toys) has shifted to concepting and designing functional, usable furniture.
In recent years Georg Appeltshauser has applied for patents for over thirty innovations in the field of functional furniture, a large proportion of these patents having been granted.
Many successful and well-known designs in the product programmes of internationally renown is furniture companies demonstrate that he has taken the correct route.
Models: Filou, Mate, Shelby, Peak, Pan, Cleo, Smile, Stand Up, Claro, Clarus ,Sesam & Aik
The two designers Nicolaus Maniatis (born in 1964) and Jürgen Braun (born in 1966) met in 1992 as studio neighbours in Stuttgart and founded braun maniatis design in 1998.
In the following years they realised various projects in the fields of sculpture, design and interior design. Designing and concepting retail shop equipment and trade fair stands for renowned companies produced their initial successes.
Their common passion for furniture led to the present focus of their studio work, the top priority of which is developing innovative seating concepts in the upholstered furniture field.
The first mass-produced models arising from this collaboration were presented to the trade at the Cologne International Furniture Fair in 1999 and 2000 and attracted great attention.
braun maniatis design now realises new seating ideas with leading European furniture manufacturers.
In his furniture designs, Christian Werner always looks for the inner logic, bringing the principles of ergonomics into harmony with the stylistic context. After studying industrial design in Berlin and Hamburg and several years working in the design trade, he founded his own office for product design and interior design in 1992.