Participants

Panel I

Gerda Breuer - The writer and professor studied art history, building history, philosophy and sociology in Aachen. She was the assistant director of the Mathildenhöhe Institute in Darmstadt from 1990 to 1995. She is currently professor of art and design history at the University of Wuppertal. She also works as a visiting professor both in Germany and abroad. Editor and author of "Die Erfindung des Modernen Klassikers" ("The Invention of the Modern Classic").

Stefan Diez - Born in Munich in 1971, he studied industrial design at the Stuttgart State Academy of Art and Design. He then went on to work as an assistant for Richard Sapper and Konstantin Grcic. In 2002 he established his own design studio in his hometown. He has been distinguished with numerous design awards including the Design Report Award, the Material Innovation Award and the Design Plus Award.

Sophie Lovell - Born and raised in London, she studied Biology at Sussex University and Design at Chelsea College of Art. 1994 she received a scholarship from the German Academic Exchange Service to study visual arts at the Berlin University of the Arts in 1994. She has since remained in Berlin where she works as a writer and creative consultant. She is the Germany Editor of Wallpaper* magazine and also writes successful books including "This Gun Is for Hire" and „Furnish - Furniture and Interior Design for the 21st Century“. Her next book on furniture design is due out this autumn.

Tobias Rehberger - Born in Esslingen in 1966, the sculptor studied at the College of Fine Arts in Frankfurt/Main, of which he is currently the vice-rector. His works can be seen in the most important houses in the whole world and have been presented in numerous group and individual exhibitions. Among other things he was awarded the Dix award in 1999 and the Karl Ströher award in 2003.

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Panel II

Andreas Dornbracht — Born in 1959 he 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.

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 Kid's wear, 032c and MINIInternational, he stages projects that deal with the cultural aspects of brands. The emphasis here is brand culture, which is underscored by commitment and action. Together with Dornbracht, he developed and curated the project series Statements and subsequently Edges with his own artistic contributions. With his experience crossing borders, Mike Meiré specializes in advancing developments and seeking new design approaches. In his own projects, he switches between the roles of art director, the designer and the artist.

Dieter Sieger - Born in 1938, the architect and designer founded the company Sieger Design. He has designed houses around the world, interiors for yachts, trade fair stands and, in 1992, the first TARA, which has since become a design classic. In 2003 the designer, who has received numerous awards, passed his business on to his sons Michael and Christian and has since been designing furnishings, jewelry and watch collections.
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