Andreas Dornbracht - After finishing his secondary education and completing his National Service, Andreas Dornbracht, born in 1959, joined a degree course in Business Studies at the University of Dortmund and graduated in 1983. Following a year abroad as Vice-President Marketing with a sanitaryware importer in the USA, in 1985 he joined Aloys F. Dornbracht GmbH & Co. KG as assistant to the management. Since 1991 he has been the Director of Marketing and Sales. He shares the management of the company with his brother Matthias as well as with Ralph Dihlmann. Aloys F. Dornbracht GmbH & Co. KG, which has its head office in Iserlohn, is an international producer of high-quality designer fittings and accessories for the bathroom and kitchen. The company regularly wins international design awards for its product designs and, since 1996, has also been acclaimed for its sustained commitment to culture. Through this long-term commitment to culture, Dornbracht is pursuing its intention to develop its own cultural identity and relevance.

Mateo Kries - Mateo Kries, born in 1974, Program Director of the Vitra Design Museum and author of the book “Total Design – Die Inflation moderner Gestaltung” (“Total Design – the Inflation of Modern Design”). Following his traineeship as assistant curator at the Museum for Moroccan Arts and Culture in Marrakesh, Morocco, he was curator of the Vitra Design Museum in Weil/Rhein from 1995 until 2000, with exhibitions such as “Automobility – Was uns bewegt” (Automobility – What drives us) (1999) or “Mies van der Rohe” (2004). From 2000 until 2006 he was responsible for the construction and management of the Vitra Design Museum Berlin. Beginning in January 2007, he was responsible for the program and contents at the Vitra Design Museum Weil, and since 2011 he has been one of the two new directors of the museum. He is also co-founder of DESIGNMAI in Berlin, has taught the history and theory of design in Hamburg and Berlin and is the editor of numerous publications on design subjects such as Mies van der Rohe, Issey Miyake and Le Corbusier.

Matteo Thun - Matteo Thun, Architect and Designer, born in Bolzano in 1952, studied at the Academy of Salzburg with Oskar Kokoschka and at the University of Florence. After having worked with Ettore Sottsass, Matteo Thun became the co-founder of the ‘Memphis Group in Milan and partner of ‘Sottsass Associati’ from 1980 to 1984 when he opened his own studio in Milan. At the same time, he taught at the faculty of design at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna (Hochschule für Angewandte Kunst, Wien) from 1983 to 2000. In addition he acted as Art Director for Swatch from 1990 to 1993. In 2000 he started the M.T. Partnership (MTP) with the partners Luca Colombo, Herbert Rathmaier and Antonio Rodriguez. Today, the studio includes a team of 50 architects and designers.

Michael Sieger - Michael Sieger, born in 1968, Managing Director of sieger design, studied industrial and product design in Essen and Münster. He took over responsibility of the family company at a young age. Michael Sieger has received numerous international design awards and has participated in many important design exhibitions. Sieger design and Dornbracht have been working together since 1985. The first jointly produced fixture “DOMANI” was followed by many successful fixture series, for example “TARA”, which is still sold today in over 60 countries all over the world. The sieger design agency, now in its second generation under the leadership of the two brothers Christian and Michael Sieger, is amongst the most renowned design agencies in Europe.

Mike Meiré - Mike Meiré, born in 1964, works and lives in Cologne. In 1987 he founded the agency Meiré und Meiré together with his brother Marc and in 2001 he established the cultural production company NEO NOTO. His most important projects include the arts and culture magazine APART and the business magazine brand eins, which has received numerous awards. In addition to work on magazines such as Arch+, kid’s wear, 032c and MINIInternational, he stages projects that deal with the cultural aspects of brands with regards to art, architecture, fashion and design. Together with Dornbracht, he developed and curated the project series Statements and subsequently Edges with his own artistic contributions. With a great deal of experience with crossover projects, he switches between the roles of art director, the designer and the artist. He has been working as Creative Director for Dornbracht for more then 15 years and among other things is responsible for the corporate identity and product and brand communication.

Thomas Wagner - Thomas Wagner, born in 1955, is an author, art critic and design expert. He studied German and philosophy in Heidelberg and Brighton, Sussex. He has been editor for visual arts at the FAZ since 1991, and since 1997 for design. Along with Eduard Beaucamp, the grandmaster for classic and modern arts, he was responsible for discussing contemporary art. Thomas Wagner is an honorary professor for art and art criticism at the Academy of Fine Arts in Nuremberg. He writes regularly for both the ART as a social critic as well as as a design critic for Stylepark etc.

Marcus Fairs - Marcus Fairs is a journalist, entrepreneur, curator, founder of the Icon magazine, and editor of the Dezeen web magazine. He also works in radio and television. A furniture design graduate, Marcus began his journalism career writing for publications including Blueprint, The Guardian, The Independent on Sunday and Conde Nast Traveller. He launched icon, the international architecture and design magazine, in 2003, and edited the publication until November 2006. Under Marcus, the magazine rapidly established itself as one of the world’s most influential and respected design journals, winning a string of awards including Launch of the Year and Designer of the Year in 2003 and Monthly Magazine of the Year in 2005 and 2006. Marcus Fairs himself has won numerous awards, including Journalist of the Year (2002) and Architectural Journalist of the Year (2004). He won a BSME award for Best Brand-Building Initiative in 2005. Marcus Fairs lives and works in London. (www.dezeen.com)