Phoenix Design celebrated its anniversary! And a lot happend in 2017: We opened our own studio in Shanghai, appointed Joon-Mo Lee and Andreas Diefenbach to the Management Board, renewed our Corporate Design and started our new Blog. Early November saw the climax with our big anniversary party at the BIX Jazzclub in Stuttgart with more than 200 guests. Then, created was the unique Phoenix Sound – a percussion performance starring our clients' products.
Die Munich Creative Business Week (MCBW) vom 03.-11.03.2018 zieht auch nächstes Jahr wieder internationale Top-Designer, Architekten, Kreative und Wirtschaftsvertreter in die Bayerische Landeshauptstadt. Passend zum Motto „Design transforms“ präsentiert Phoenix Design in zwei Beiträgen Trends und Design-Konzepte rund ums Thema Wasser.
Unter dem Motto „30 Jahre Phoenix Design – Logik Moral Magie“ wurden im legendären BIX Jazzclub in Stuttgart ausgelassen diese 30 Jahre mit mehr als 200 Geschäftspartnern und Mitarbeitern gefeiert. Andreas Haug und Tom Schönherr haben Anekdoten sowie Flops und Hits aus jenen Tagen auf die Bühne gebracht. Aber auch die Zukunft wurde vorgestellt: neue Geschäftsleitung, neue Geschäftsfelder und das starke Wachsen im asiatischen Raum.
Am 24.01.2018 ist Andreas Diefenbach, Design Business Manager und Mitglied der Geschäftsleitung von Phoenix Design, als Gastredner auf die Konferenzreihe der Design Friends nach Luxemburg geladen. Im Mudam, dem Museum für zeitgenössische Kunst in Luxemburg, wird er um 18:30 Uhr einen einstündigen Vortrag über „Designing Design“ halten.
Phoenix Design has opened its third studio in Shanghai in September. In the interview, Yifan Zhang, General Manager China, talks about the beginning, the different culture and the potential of the Chinese design metropolis.
Things that move us – pithy and to-the-point in the current Phoenix magazine FIRST. NOW. NEXT. Come with us and discover the origins of Phoenix Design. Enjoy our success today together with us. And read our thoughts about the future.
This week marks the start of the project “Delivery Experience” at the Hochschule der Medien (HdM) in Stuttgart [Stuttgart Media University]. Interaction Designers Carolin Schmitt, Claudia Tietge and Stephan Thiemt (from left to right) are Visiting Lecturers, mentoring the Service Design Project during the current winter semester.
Heute auf Pro7: Galileo mit einem Beitrag über Care-O-bot4. Neben Experten von Saturn und Unity Robotics beantwortet auch Johannes Schäfer, Interaction Designer bei Phoenix Design, die Fragen des Moderators rund um den Designprozess des Serviceroboters. Um 19:05 Uhr geht’s los!
From product design to innovation design partner: Phoenix Design adjusts its visual appearance. With the new Corporate Design, Phoenix Design not only parts with its red square, the logo is also shortened to one single concise word: PHOENIX.
Around the world, German creators and manufacturers enjoy an excellent reputation. Best of German Interior Design presents the 50 most renowned German designers and 50 leading German manufacturers of home interior products as well as numerous iconic products “Made in Germany”. Phoenix Design is a part of it!
Phoenix Design is celebrating its 30th anniversary! Time to remember, to celebrate the present, and to look into the future. Our anniversary is marked by opening our own studio in Shanghai, China, and by introducing our new blog.
The new Phoenix Design studio in Shanghai (China) has been officially inaugurated. Since September, a team – still small – of experienced designers has been working on projects for mainly Asian clients. After six years of running a representative office, we further enlarge our design presence in the Chinese design capital in this our anniversary year 2017.
Great joy at Phoenix Design and their client Schiedel for winning the ICONIC AWARD 2017 "product: best of the best" for KINGFIRE stove systems. After having been honoured as Red Dot Award Winner for exceptional product design and winning the innovation award “Plus X Award” in 2016, this is the third great success for the European market leader for chimney and exhaust air systems.
Philipp Emmert dealt with the “Smart Economy Service Experience” during air travel at the Phoenix Design Academy. From that experience, the industrial designer has deduced his concept for an holistic “Food Service Experience” for both passengers and flight attendants. The designed components comprise: Service Units (Meal Server, Refiller), Travel Bottle, self-heating Smart Packaging.
“What’s the Effect of Care-O-bot 4 on the Selling Floor? Evaluating the User Experience of a Service Robot” is the title of a research paper by Carolin Schmitt she wrote while with Phoenix Design. In her paper, the Interaction Designer investigates how visitors to the electronics store Saturn in Ingolstadt reacted to the Fraunhofer IPA Care-O-bot 4 designed by Phoenix Design.
200 years of Duravit – since 1993, Phoenix Design has been part of this success story as well, designing bathroom furniture and sanitary ceramics for this international brand. It's not for nothing that Andreas Haug and Tom Schönherr, the Phoenix Design founders, are among the company's 16 selected star designers. At the photo shoot, they stand next to personalities like Philippe Starck, Matteo Thun, Eoos, Kurt Merki Jr., and others ...
Phoenix Design, with their client Hansgrohe SE, wins the “Red Dot Award: Best of the Best” for the KitchenSinkCombi C71. The international jury honours "a high degree of clarity and straightforwardness" in every detail. In addition, we’re very happy to receive 6 Red Dot Winner Awards for the AXOR, hansgrohe and DURAVIT brands.
Training at Phoenix Design: Every first Tuesday of the month: Lunch Talk with all employees. 12:00 Talk with guest speakers from various design disciplines in the Rotunda at Phoenix Design. 12:30 Lunch with excellent food from the Phoenix Kitchen and good conversation will be a garantee. We know each other and we want to learn from each other and benefit fromsynergies. Our guest speaker also will get insight into our world of logic, moral and magic.
For Munich-based company Shapes, Laura Somaglino, Product Designer with Phoenix Design, designed the pendant luminaire SUMMERA. Its biggest success: German Design Award – Winner 2017. With “luxlumina”, the Swiss Magazine for Architecture and Lighting Design, the Diplom-Designer conducted an interview – available in the current issue 19/2017.
This year, the Hansgrohe Design Prize by iF followed the motto “Future Living: Innovative Forms of Using Water in Tomorrow’s Kitchen”. For the seventh time, this international prize for up-and-coming design talent was awarded by Hansgrohe SE and hosted by iF in Hannover. Andreas Haug, Phoenix Design Managing Partner & Founder, was part of the panel of expert jurors who selected the winners.
From 5–7 May 2017, the first Munich AngelHack took place in the Phoenix Design studio. Besides urban centres like New York City or Hong Kong, Munich is the first of more than 60 stations of this year’s world tour. Some 40 entrepreneurs, developers and designers convened for the Hackathon over the weekend in order to realise their ideas on the topic of SMART HOME.
It’s nice when a business magazine show an interest in design. Thorsten Firlus-Emmrich, editor with “WirtschaftsWoche”, visited Phoenix Design in Stuttgart. Andreas Diefenbach, Design Business Manager, and Silvia Olp, Head of Communications at Phoenix Design, talked with him, showed him around the studio, and provided insights into Phoenix Design’s mode of thinking and working.
The aed Society for the Advancement of Architecture, Engineering and Design in Stuttgart published their second book by the beginning of 2017 including reports on activities, events and their support of young talents. Well-known personalities of these branches from Stuttgart area gave an interview, as do Andreas Haug and Tom Schönherr, both Founders and Managing Partners of Phoenix Design.
Integrating sustainability into the product design process already at an early stage will become ever more important in the future, and we at Phoenix Design are moving forward on this route with heart and mind. What it means to integrate green ideas right from the very start, and which innovation potential this brings about is related by Felix Mattes, Senior Interaction Designer at Phoenix Design, in his Interview with Susanne Volz of ecocircle concept.
The Munich Creative Business Week (MCBW) taking place 4–12 March, once again attracted top designers, architects, creatives, and business representatives from all over the world to meet in the Bavarian State capital. According to the motto of “The Smart Revolution”, design studios, galleries, and businesses opened their doors for exhibitions, workshops, and lectures. Hardly a day went by without some contribution by Phoenix Design.
In 2017, Phoenix Design is able once again to successfully defend its No. 1 position among external design studios in the international iF ranking creative. On sixth place in the overall ranking, Phoenix Design has been able to even improve its position compared to the previous year and is one of the top addresses for innovative design in Germany.
Since a few days ago, the proprietary channel at the hotel "Bayerischer Hof" broadcasts the salon talk “Technology and Games – about the Pleasures of Lateral Thinking”. With host Nina Ruge as moderator, this topic was discussed by Andreas Haug, Managing Partner & Founder of Phoenix Design, and Alexander Schlaubitz, Vice President Marketing with Lufthansa.
Phoenix Design and their client AXOR Hansgrohe win the coveted iF Gold Award for the new AXOR Uno Zero and Uno Select product line. During the award-winning ceremony taking place on 10 March 2017 at the “BMW World” in Munich, Phoenix Design – represented by Design Business Manager Andreas Diefenbach (2nd f. l.) – was honoured to accept the iF sculpture.
Phoenix Design is honoured to receive five German Design Awards this year, one of it in gold! The coveted awards will be handed over on Friday, 10 February 2017, at the “Ambiente” trade fair in Frankfurt/Main. An exhibition on the trade fair grounds will showcase all winners.
At IMM LivingKitchen, hansgrohe presented its complete solutions for the kitchen, which were developed in cooperation with Phoenix Design. Andreas Diefenbach, Design Business Manager at Phoenix Design, spoke in the interview with the blogger of minimenschlein.de about the new sink combinations C71 and their importance for the modern kitchen.
In-house model making. This is where Phoenix Design’s heart is beating. Top secret, fast and perfect – that’s how first prototypes, functional models and design studies come to life here. Insights into a coordination process > Making of Video Model Making
Architects’ Darling® Awards. In 2016, the renowned "Golden Phoenix" is awarded to Hansgrohe. Those who can hold this award in their hands can truly say: "Our product and its design have convinced Germany's architects." This is the fifth time that Hansgrohe has been able to accept this "Oscar of the construction industry".
Following successful preparation days, Phoenix Design Team West and Phoenix Design Team East have embarked on a global client research checking out the world's best hotels. Travelling from Barcelona to Dubai, to London, to Mumbai, etc. etc.
Tom Schönherr is co-author of the book on sustainable brand management and implementation published by Gabler. Tom Schönherr's point of view in his article "Erst Design macht Marken (be-)greifbar" ("Only Design Makes Brands Tangible and Understandable") is: "Brand design is a marathon, not a sprint." In his opinion, this is valid for both consumers and suppliers.
Service-Robot Care-O-bot 4. The archetype of a service robot for tomorrow, developed and designed in close cooperation between Fraunhofer institute and Phoenix Design. Not only in the care sector does automation run its course. Routine chores in the private as in the public sector can be taken over by this android.
创始人Andreas Haug 与 Tom Schönherr履历与德国现代设计的兴起密不可分。他们将这家上世纪80年代末成立的工作室变为工业和产品设计顶级品牌。“对我们来说，重要的是我们的客户的目标和目标，客户将我们纳入他们的战略中，从而，我们为其提供推动力。我们注意保持客户和外部专家团队之间的互动融洽顺畅。我们感到自豪的是，我们已经一次又一次地取得了成功，对于某些客户，甚至是数十年的成功。”他们都获得了“Lucky Strike Award”的终身成就奖，并获得了德国设计奖（German Design Award）“Personality”（人格魅力)。
Andreas Haug was the founder and co-owner of frogdesign (1982*) after studying design at the State Academy of Fine Arts in Stuttgart – from 1984 to 1987 as a design consultant and vice-president. Also Tom Schönherr studied at this university. In supporting the thesis of Tom Schönherr learn the two know each other. From 1982 to 1987 Tom Schönherr worked as senior designer at frogdesign also.
Andreas Haug is co-owner of frogdesign. As a freelancer in the design team of frogdesign Tom Schönherr working on the first portable Apple Computer (snow-white concept) and meets at this time on Steve Jobs.
On the sailing ship of Klaus Grohe (Hansgrohe) the idea of a joint studio was born. The starting point for 28 years of joint history: Phoenix and Hansgrohe.
Start of the design studio Phoenix Design in Ruppmannstrasse in Stuttgart-Vaihingen. From the beginning there were the departments product design and model construction, the latter reflects an important aspect in the operation of Phoenix Design - until today. Under strict secrecy created 1:1 models, in close cooperation between the customer and Phoenix Design.
Hansgrohe - The very first customer and still trying. "The relationship between Phoenix Design and Hansgrohe is very respectful - like a good marriage. Each of the partners respects what the other one does: Phoenix has really developed a technical understanding of the inner workings of our products, while our technical personnel has come to appreciate the extraordinary design work done by Phoenix … In the meantime, this cooperation works so seamlessly that many questions can be answered in short telephone conversations. Or a cloud of data comes flying directly down in the Black Forest from Stuttgart!”. Klaus Grohe
First contact with Loewe: “The discreet manner of Mr Schönherr. We realised: Here’s someone who not only thinks like us, who also acts like we do.” Dr. Rainer Hecker, former Member of the Board at Loewe. For this meet was an intensive 25-year co-operation in various fields of design (Design Consulting, Corporate Design, Corporate Language, Corporate Product Design). From no-name manufacturers to premium brand.
Caro – the first bathroom product line for Duravit – best-selling right from the start. Caro is still produced - unchanged. Already in 1989 Duravit was the leader in bathroom furniture and bathroom ceramics. Till today three bathroom series have created. Most recently: P3 Comforts (P3=Phoenix Design the Third ) - awarded in 2015: iF Design Award in Gold.
In close cooperation with Kaldewei until today emerged a complex product range, are matched in the product lines and price segments precisely coordinated. Kaldewei is part of the exclusive circle of strong German brands. Franz Dieter Kaldewei (owner): "Our business is steel and enamel. There are not many designers that can work with this sturdy, yet fascinating, material properly… In Phoenix Design, we have found a partner who forms our durable products in a manner that ensures that their design will also be ageless. They design our whole range of products from the basic through to the premium bathtubs and we could set standards in the market.”
Moving from Stuttgart-Vaihingen to the present location at Stuttgart-Bad Cannstatt.
Following a won competition, the collaboration with Viessmann starts.
Awarding of the "Lucky Strike Designer Award" to Andreas Haug and Tom Schönherr for their overall achievements.
Fire in the design modelling workshop / rebuilding.
The mobile phone industry is growing steadily and is an important field for interaction and product design at Phoenix Design from now on.
Opening of the representative office in Suzhou near Shanghai / China.
1987-2011 More than 450 design awards for design services from Phoenix Design. No. 1 position in the iF Award Ranking "Design Offices".
New business areas: Start of the cooperation with Trumpf, one of the world's leading companies for machine tools and laser machining.
Awarding of the German Design Award "Personality" by the German Design Council to Andreas Haug and Tom Schönherr for their overall achievements.
Class A Surfacing, Technical Design and Design Modelling – physical and digital is no longer delimitable and ushers in a new era.
More than 50 % of Phoenix Design's design services today are in the field of Interface Design.
Reorientation of the company's strategy and brand positioning.
Since October 2015, we have been represented in Munich with a further Studio, creating the basis for growth and the support of new exciting projects.
Wall of Fame: Since 2008, Phoenix Design has held the first place in the iF ranking creative "design offices" of the iF Design Award. Since its inception in 1987, Phoenix Design has received over 700 design awards, of which more than 450 have been awarded over the past six years.
In-house model making since 1987. This is where Phoenix Design’s heart is beating. Top secret, fast and perfect – that’s how first prototypes, functional models and design studies come to life here. Highly professional design modellers in a top-equipped model making workshop. For us, model making is a fundamental element in product development. Fast connections and short distances allow designers to coordinate with model makers right away and get their concepts up and running right as intended.
The new Management Board of Phoenix Design (f.l.t.r.): Bernd Eigenstetter, Managing Director; Tom Schönherr, Gründer und Managing Partner; Joon-Mo Lee, Design Strategy Manager und Member of the Board; Andreas Diefenbach, Design Business Manager und Member of the Board; Harald Lutz, Managing Partner; Andreas Haug, Gründer und Managing Partner. In addition, Yifan Zhang, General Manager China (right), runs the new studio in Shanghai.
Redesign of the brand. From product design to innovation design partner: Phoenix Design adjusts its visual appearance. With the new Corporate Design, Phoenix Design not only parts with its red square, the logo is also shortened to one single concise word: PHOENIX.
Touchingly meaningful, dynamic and aesthetic. Balance beam, side horse and asymmetrical bars in a new shape, not only sporting the athletic quality of gymnastical achievement, but also – and even especially so – their aesthetic quality.
Bat - Mobility in Darkness. The night, a short time frame rife with opposites. Filled with darkness and mysticism, but also with beauty and fascination when we fill it with light. It seems as if we human beings feel the urge more and more frequently to be active in this precise time frame and to enjoy the silence of the night. We want to be out and about as individuals and discover our surroundings while feeling safe and self-confident at all times. The Bat concept is a flying light with accompanies you wherever you are and which shows you the way. It's next to you when you go jogging, it tracks you on the ski slope or sees you safely home. Bat is small and compact when it is transported. Unfolded, it is agile and creates a lighting atmosphere where otherwise none would exist. Bat is intelligent, tracks its environment and is able to react to you and your gestures. Now there is a new kind of interaction: the interaction between human being and mobile light. Credits: Tobias Tsamisis, Diploma Thesis, University of Darmstadt. Academic Advisor: Prof. Tom Philipps; Sven Feustel, Design Team Manager, Phoenix Design Academy.
Juicy Bites – der personalisierte Smart-Snack. Konzept für einen 3D Food Printer und über "Werte" im Umgang mit Lebensmitteln. Juicy Bites ist der Ausdruck von Selbstbestimmung, das Wohlbefinden und einem bestimmten Lebensstil. Du entscheidest selbst was Dein Körper an Nährstoffen braucht um die perfekte Tagesperformance zu erhalten. Juicy Bites informiert nicht nur in Textform über den Nährwertzustand, sondern ermöglicht es auch seinen Zustand physisch zu fassen und sogar zu schmecken. Je nach Tagesaufgaben erhältst Du durch den selbstgemachten Smart-Snack die wichtigsten Vitamine, die in einer normalen Ernährung ausbleiben. Als Zutaten werden Obst und Gemüse verwendet, die nicht den allgemeinen ästhetischen Vorstellungen entsprechen und vom Markt aussortiert wurden (2. Wahl, Ugly Foods). Juicy Bites der personalisierte Smart-Snack.
Credits: Lun Yeh, Diplomarbeit; Hochschule Darmstadt, Betreuer: Prof. Thino Melzer; Sven Feustel, Design Team Manager, Phoenix Design Academy.
neigborSWAP – local networking against food waste. In Germany alone, 11 million tonnes of food are thrown into the garbage each year although they were still fit for consumption, 61% coming from private households alone. At the same time, increasing urbanisation makes people wish for more social networking. What can we do against this development? How do you get people to treat food with more consideration, and which role can social networks play here? The result has been developed in dialog with users, via different personae and scenarios: neighborSWAP, an app as a local shopping network. It enables people to do collaborative shopping as well as share left-over meals, unused food or home-grown produce via a sharing functionality. At the same time, it inspires users to adopt a diversified, conscious diet. Credits: Jan Schröter, Master Thesis, Magdeburg-Stendal University of Applied Sciences. Academic adviser: Prof. Steffi Hußlein, Prof. Constanze Langer; Sven Feustel, Design Team Manager, Phoenix Design Academy.
Tomorrow’s textbook: “Mate”: though digital media are practically omnipresent all day long, they are somewhat underrepresented in schools and learning environments for children – despite the fact that they offer a wealth of possibilities for interaction, allowing to customize the learning process individually for each child. “Mate” is a digital textbook that chooses exactly this approach: Pupils themselves can influence what exactly they will learn, and how they want to go about it. They are active participants in using and creating the book and can introduce and integrate their own content, e.g. photos or videos. Multi-media offers cater to different types of learners. Class topics are developed individually and actively. And all the while, the book adapts to the personal needs of the learner, compiling content correspondingly. “Mate” accompanies pupils throughout their school career, analysing their skills and needs, providing focussed support. Credits: Rahel Flechtner, Bachelor’s thesis; Magdeburg-Stendal University of Applied Sciences, advisors: Prof. Bernhard Schmid-Wohlleber, Dipl.-Psych. Dipl.-Inform. Johannes Schäfer, Phoenix Design Academy. First Place aed neuland Award.
“Das Zeug zum Fliegen” (the stuff for flying) deals with Wearable Technology for Parkour athletes. In this sport, it’s all about finding and pursuing the most direct and efficient route across urban space. This means surpassing obstacles, climbing facades, mastering precarious balancing acts. In the focus: this shoe, specifically developed for this sport. It features a dampening sole which adapts to the foot shape of its owner both during phases of pressure and relief. The cushioning action prevents negative impact over the long term, e.g. joint wear. Thanks to sensors integrated into the sole, analytical results can be accessed and analysed via an app. This comprises data about distances run and altitudes surmounted as well as load and stress values and information about community members. The community is a special function where you can arrange to meet for training sessions or compare analytical results. Credits: Vanessa Woznik, Diploma thesis; Hochschule für Gestaltung (HfG), Offenbach [Hessen State University of Art and Design], advisors: Prof. Frank G. Zebner; Sven Feustel, Design Team Manager, Phoenix Design Academy. Finalist aed neuland Award.
Ordersystems - Design with all senses. Concept: When we are storing food, we fall back on using systems, that don‘t serve our demands regarding emotional aesthetics and functionality at all. „animo“ is a system, that stages visually appealing aliments appropriately and gives the user the possibility to build his own unique order by moving the individual elements. The permanent presence of the food that is stored, leads to an better overview: Amount and best-before-dates won‘t get out of sight anymore. The established grid, existing of drawers and cupboards, gives way to a flexible ordersystem, which combines storing fresh & durable food at the same time with aesthetics and communication. „animo“ develops food into a design-feature of the kitchenarea - and that‘s just the focus it deserves.Credits: Rosi Weiße, Diploma, Bergische Universität Wuppertal, Tutor: Prof. Oliver Grabes, Prof. Matthias Schönherr, Phoenix Design Academy, Stuttgart.
The subject of Philipp Oster's end-of-term paper is a new concept for a washing machine. Is this household product positioned in the best place? He suggests designing the washing machine that it can also be put up in the living or dressing room, just like a piece of high-quality furniture. In this concept for the future it could be possible to wash clothes with carbon dioxide in a gentle way which is not harmful to the environment and to use smart capsules with individual scents instead of commonly used detergents.
„Hilfe für Helfer"– Rettungsboje nimue. Jährlich kommen viele Menschen durch Ertrinken ums Leben. Das Konzept soll deshalb sowohl präventiv vor Gefahren in Gewässern schützen als auch aktiv bei Unglücken eingreifen können. Hierfür befindet sich die Boje "nimue" auf der Wasserfläche. Sie sammelt Daten zur allgemeinen Wasserqualität, stellt diese über eine Internetplattform zur Verfügung und warnt vor potenziellen Bedrohungen, etwa durch chemische Verschmutzungen oder eine nicht tragende Eisschicht. Badegäste oder Wintersportler werden über ein Kamerasystem durch biometrische Bewegungserkennungen auf Gefahrensituationen analysiert. Wird eine Gefährdung erkannt, kann eine Unterwasserdrohne in Bewegung gesetzt werden, die unter die verunglückte Person taucht und diese durch einen aufblasbaren Airbag über Wasser hält. Credits: Stefan Hasselwander, Diplomarbeit; Hochschule Darmstadt, Fachbereich Gestaltung, Betreuer: Prof. Justus Theinert; Jens Wingerath, Design Team Manager, Phoenix Design Academy; Anerkennung bei Mia Seeger Award.
Architecture on the Water: The „Yena“ catamaran concept does not interpret sailing as a challenging sporting activity but focuses instead on the relaxation aspect – enjoying the sun and the sea on a sailing yacht in peace and quiet without needing the help of serveral crew members. The type of sail and the mast positon are important aspects of the concept. Credits: Ralf Kittmann, Diploma, Kunsthochschule Berlin-Weißensee, Tutor: Prof. Helmut Staubach, Phoenix Design Academy, Stuttgart.
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