Markus Kurkowski - Diplom Industrial Designer

"Creativity depends on your open mind"

Markus Kurkowski is a young industrial designer located next to Frankfurt a.M. in Germany who creates products for international customers in various fields of design such as sanitary applications, consumer goods and interior design. He graduated from the University of Darmstadt, Faculty of Design in the year of 2012 as industrial designer. Specialised in Universal Design - a process of design which includes all abilities of every kind of individual - Markus developed a unique caravan concept which is focussed on accessibility, freedom from barriers and high aesthetics. After his studies Markus has worked for Aroma ID in Offenbach, a.M. gaining experience within the the fields of consumer goods, e.g. designing for customers like BRAUN.

Starting as self-employed Designer in 2015 Markus has consolidated his interest for sanitary design - especially its high value of shape finding and material.

 

Following his credo “creativity depends on your open mind” Markus comprehends our positive attitude towards life and our curiosity for variety as basis for good design. Nature is Markus’ primary inspiration to develop unique shapes for aesthetic and functional products which are capable to connect people and which they benefit from. Numerous national and international design awards confirm that his design language is widely appreciated.

Education

2015  /  Self-Employed Industrial Designer

2013-2014  /  Junior Industrial Designer at Aroma ID, Offenbach, a.M.

2012-2013  /  Freelancer

2012  /  Diploma Industrial Design at University of Applied Sciences, Faculty of Design, Darmstadt

2011-2012  /  Internship Corpus-C, Fürth

2009-2010  /  Internship at Formart ID, Darmstadt

2007  /  Beginning of Studies Industrial Design at University of Applied Sciences, Faculty of Design, Darmstadt

2007  /  Internship at Schreinerei Kleinert, Hanau

2006  /  Abitur, Lichtenberg Oberstufen Gymnasium, Bruchköbel

Exhibitions

2017  /  ISH, fair stand of Ideavit B.V., Frankfurt, a.M.

2016  /  Interzum, fair stand of Meaton, Cologne

2015  /  Designhaus, Darmstadt

2015  /  BMW Design Museum, Bayerischer Staatspreis, Munich

2014  /  Franz Award Design ceremony, Beijing

2013  /  AED Neuland, design exhibition, Stuttgart

2013  /  IAA, IDA Design award exhibition, Frankfurt, a.M.

2013  /  MCBW exhibition Universal Design Award, Munich

Awards

2018  /  IDA - International Design Awards, Gold Winner 

              Category Home Interior Products/Bathroom Fittings/Appliances

2017  /  Best of Houzz Service

2015  /  Bayerischer Staatspreis Winner, Category Interior Design

2014  /  Franz Award Gold Award Winner, Concept Group

2014  /  German Design Award Newcomer Nominee

2014  /  German Design Award Nominee

2013  /  Staatspreis Hessen, Universal Design - 1. Place

2013  /  AED Neuland - Winner Transportation

2013  /  VDA Design Award - Special Mention

2013  /  Red Dot Design Award Winner

2013  /  Core 77 - Student Winner, Category Transportation

2013  /  VDID - Winner Newcomer

2013  /  Universal Design Award Consumer Favourite

2013  /  Universal Design Award Winner

2011  /  Index Design Award Nominee

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