Change in the Phoenix Design Management

As the new Digital Director, Marius Bauer leads the Phoenix Design studio in Munich and is part of the PHOENIX management from now on. In 2017, Andreas Diefenbach and Joon-Mo Lee were already appointed as members of the board. In addition, Yifan Zhang heads the new Shanghai studio since September.

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  • Marius Bauer, Director Digital and Member of the Board at Phoenix Design

    Marius Bauer, Director Digital and Member of the Board at Phoenix Design

    As of April 2018, Marius Bauer (*1985) is the new Director Digital and as such Member of the Board of Phoenix Design. In his role, he takes responsibility for the development of innovative digital products and services, and he is the studio head for our studio in Munich. During his studies in Psychology and Management of Social Innovations, he founded his first company in order to work together with China Mobile on one of the first Augmented Reality based smartphones. As a design freelancer, he worked on technologically challenging visions about digital transformation for Microsoft, Samsung, Airbus, and others. For several years, he was co-director of the umwerk group. Marius Bauer is a committed Behance Fellow with the annual Design Portfolio Review for the Adobe companies in different German major cities, thus creating a common platform for the exchange among companies and creative talent. Alongside technology, he’s enthusiastic about the Humanities and the influence of everything digital on our daily life. Marius Bauer is a guest lecturer at the Akademie U5 in Munich, too. “Today, technology is an integral part of our life. Digital transformation enables us to redefine business models, our culture, and the way we live together. As a pioneer, Phoenix Design has been delivering lasting positive contributions to this development for 30 years.” For many years now, Phoenix Design has maintained the top rank at the iF ranking creative “design office” category and is regarded as the leading independent design studio for product and interface design worldwide. Today, Phoenix Design has 75 employees working at their locations in Stuttgart, Munich and Shanghai. Phoenix Design has already received more than 800 international design awards. Brand companies like Axor, Duravit, Gira, Hansgrohe, Hewi, Huawei, Interstuhl, Lamy, LG, Loewe, Samsung, Trumpf, Viessmann, Vorwerk and Zeiss are among the long-standing clients.

  • Founders of Phoenix Design

    Founders of Phoenix Design

    Founders of Phoenix Design: Andreas Haug (left) and Tom Schönherr (right).

  • Andreas Haug, Founder, Managing Partner of Phoenix Design

    Andreas Haug, Founder, Managing Partner of Phoenix Design

    Andreas Haug (*1946), Phoenix Design Managing Partner. In 1987, he founded the design studio Phoenix Design in Stuttgart, together with Tom Schönherr. Andreas Haug’s career is linked most closely to the rise of modern German design. After completing his design studies at the “Akademie der Bildenden Künste” (Academy of the Fine Arts) in Stuttgart, Andreas Haug was co-founder and co-owner of frogdesign, from 1984 to 1987 as Design Consultant and Vice President. Phoenix Design, founded in the late 1980’s, has developed to become one of the top addresses worldwide for product and interaction design. “What’s important for us is knowing the motives and goals of our clients who integrate us into their strategy in order to provide them with new impulses. We pay great attention to ensuring a smooth interplay between the client and ourselves as an external team of experts. We are proud that we succeed in this achievement time and time again, sometimes for decades.” Andreas Haug and Tom Schönherr have already received the Lucky Strike Designer Award as well as the German Design Award Personality for their overall achievements. For many years now, Phoenix Design has maintained the top rank at the iF ranking creative “design office” category and is regarded as the leading independent design studio for product and interface design worldwide. Today, Phoenix Design has 75 employees working at their locations in Stuttgart, Munich and Shanghai. Phoenix Design has already received more than 800 international design awards. Brand companies like Axor, Duravit, Gira, Hansgrohe, Hewi, Huawei, Interstuhl, Lamy, LG, Loewe, Samsung, Trumpf, Viessmann, Vorwerk and Zeiss are among the long-standing clients.

  • Tom Schönherr, Founder, Managing Partner of Phoenix Design

    Tom Schönherr, Founder, Managing Partner of Phoenix Design

    Tom Schönherr (*1954), Phoenix Design Managing Partner. In 1987, he founded the design studio Phoenix Design in Stuttgart, together with Andreas Haug. Tom Schönherr’s career is linked most closely to the rise of modern German design. After completing his design studies at the “Akademie der Bildenden Künste” (Academy of the Fine Arts) in Stuttgart, Tom Schönherr was Senior Designer with frogdesign, where he met Andreas Haug. Phoenix Design, founded in the late 1980’s, has developed to become one of the top addresses worldwide for product and interaction design. “Today, more than ever before, design means ‘designing interaction’. Putting the user in the centre of interest is particularly important wherever classic product design and digital design merge. For clients and users, this means: solutions developed by Phoenix Design are getting ever smarter, more intuitive and more intelligent – while at the same time incorporating 30 years of Phoenix Design DNA.” Tom Schönherr and Andreas Haug have already received the Lucky Strike Designer Award as well as the German Design Award Personality for their overall achievements. For many years now, Phoenix Design has maintained the top rank at the iF ranking creative “design office” category and is regarded as the leading independent design studio for product and interface design worldwide. Today, Phoenix Design has 75 employees working at their locations in Stuttgart, Munich and Shanghai. Phoenix Design has already received more than 800 international design awards. Brand companies like Axor, Duravit, Gira, Hansgrohe, Hewi, Huawei, Interstuhl, Lamy, LG, Loewe, Samsung, Trumpf, Viessmann, Vorwerk and Zeiss are among the long-standing clients.

  • Harald Lutz, CFO, Managing Partner von Phoenix Design

    Harald Lutz, CFO, Managing Partner von Phoenix Design

    Harald Lutz (*1962), Phoenix Design Managing Partner. Today, Harald Lutz is responsible for Financial and HR Management. His tasks at Phoenix Design comprise e.g. restructuring, process optimisation, controlling and developing and establishing corporate strategies. After his time as an independent business consultant from 2000 to 2007 – among others, also working for Phoenix Design – he joined Phoenix Design in 2008 as Business Administration Manager. Harald Lutz studied Business Administration with a major in Business IT; before joining Phoenix Design, he worked in leading positions and as CEO of Lyreco Germany. “Convincing solutions right from the start: Clarity, longevity and measurable business success are the inherent product characteristics. In this respect, Phoenix Design follows the tradition of Bauhaus and Ulm School – being committed to carrying on the virtues of German design. This consistent approach is the basis of our long-standing success.” For many years now, Phoenix Design has maintained the top rank at the iF ranking creative “design office” category and is regarded as the leading independent design studio for product and interface design worldwide. Today, Phoenix Design has 75 employees working at their locations in Stuttgart, Munich and Shanghai. Phoenix Design has already received more than 800 international design awards. Brand companies like Axor, Duravit, Gira, Hansgrohe, Hewi, Huawei, Interstuhl, Lamy, LG, Loewe, Samsung, Trumpf, Viessmann, Vorwerk and Zeiss are among the long-standing clients.

  • Andreas Diefenbach, Design Business Manager and Member of the Board at Phoenix Design

    Andreas Diefenbach, Design Business Manager and Member of the Board at Phoenix Design

    Andreas Diefenbach (*1979) is Design Business Manager at Phoenix Design in Stuttgart/Germany. As a specialist for the sanitary and investment sector, he cares for international brands in the innovation process. "We are sensual beings. People want to experience and understand their environment rationally and emotionally. The essence of true innovation serves rather than dominate. Therefore, you have to get to know the human being first. Design gives a meaning to the technological and socio-cultural development." For our long-standing client Hansgrohe SE, he assumes the project lead in the field of fittings. His expertise extends to business and strategy management. In addition, Andreas Diefenbach is responsible for the client management at Phoenix Design and as a member of the Innovation and Academy Lab, he is actively involved in creating new ideas and design concepts. For many years now, Phoenix Design has maintained the top rank at the iF ranking creative “design office” category and is regarded as the leading independent design studio for product and interface design worldwide. Today, Phoenix Design has 75 employees working at their locations in Stuttgart, Munich and Shanghai. Phoenix Design has already received more than 800 international design awards. Brand companies like Axor, Duravit, Gira, Hansgrohe, Hewi, Huawei, Interstuhl, Lamy, LG, Loewe, Samsung, Trumpf, Viessmann, Vorwerk and Zeiss are among the long-standing clients.

  • Joon-Mo Lee, Design Strategy Manager and Member of the Board at Phoenix Design

    Joon-Mo Lee, Design Strategy Manager and Member of the Board at Phoenix Design

    Joon-Mo Lee (*1976) is Design Strategy Manager and Member of the Phoenix Design Board. After completing his Master in Innovation Management at the renowned Central Saint Martins in London, his work centres around the intersection of culture, design, and innovation, including special expertise in material culture and innovation culture. His long-standing track record in the toy industry (NICI) as well as in FMCG (with Coca-Cola Germany) made him spend numerous stints abroad – from quiet Bamberg in Upper Franconia to Hong Kong, Qingdao, Seoul, Berlin and London – before finding his way into the design industry now. For many years now, Phoenix Design has maintained the top rank at the iF ranking creative “design office” category and is regarded as the leading independent design studio for product and interface design worldwide. Today, Phoenix Design has 75 employees working at their locations in Stuttgart, Munich and Shanghai. Phoenix Design has already received more than 800 international design awards. Brand companies like Axor, Duravit, Gira, Hansgrohe, Hewi, Huawei, Interstuhl, Lamy, LG, Loewe, Samsung, Trumpf, Viessmann, Vorwerk and Zeiss are among the long-standing clients.

  • Yifan Zhang, General Manager China of Phoenix Design

    Yifan Zhang, General Manager China of Phoenix Design

    Yifan Zhang (*1987) is General Manager China and leads the Phoenix Design studio in Shanghai. As an international background designer who has studied and worked both in China and Germany, Yifan Zhang is committed to combining German design quality and design philosophy with the evolving Chinese design. He applies the successful experience of German Design by brand building, strategy thinking and design quality to Chinese enterprises. “By expanding our studio in Shanghai, we want to optimize our large know-how for the benefit of our European and Asian clients. We have to think global, but at the same time, we want to get even closet to our clients and their markets. Only in this way will substantial innovations come about”. And at the same time to help the successful German brands, through a better culture and market understanding, to get a better business development in China. For many years now, Phoenix Design has maintained the top rank at the iF ranking creative “design office” category and is regarded as the leading independent design studio for product and interface design worldwide. Today, Phoenix Design has 75 employees working at their locations in Stuttgart, Munich and Shanghai. Phoenix Design has already received more than 800 international design awards. Brand companies like Axor, Duravit, Gira, Hansgrohe, Hewi, Huawei, Interstuhl, Lamy, LG, Loewe, Samsung, Trumpf, Viessmann, Vorwerk and Zeiss are among the long-standing clients.

Logic, Morals and Magic. Since 1987, Phoenix Design has been designing interaction: between the product and the user, between the brand and the consumer, between designers and their clients. Cases in point: How do you promote an evolutionary change in how to take a shower? With a shower head designed for Hansgrohe that allows decalcification by the sweep of one finger – and that changes its water jet by the push of a button. How do you manage to achieve differentiation in a market replete with seemingly similar products? With camera lenses that convey the unique precision of the Zeiss brand right at first glance. How can house owners keep control of their building technology at any time, using an app? With the Viessmann “Home Automation System”. Building technology these days is much more than just a switch and a boiler; it is a complex system of technological and digital products featuring future-oriented technologies.

For many years now, Phoenix Design has been defending the Number One rank at the “iF ranking creative” at the iF design award as best external design office, and we have received more than 750 design prizes. Phoenix Design is regarded as the leading independent product and interface design studio in the world. What’s much more important: these designs are convincing in terms of longevity and verifiable business success. In this respect, Phoenix Design follows the tradition of Bauhaus and Ulm school – embodying the virtues of German design. This also holds true for the ever more closely interlocking design of products and digital interfaces. Today, more than a third of the 70 Phoenix Design employees work on Interaction Design topics.

Consistently oriented towards the user and typical for the brand, in open exchange with interdisciplinary design teams and the clients: that’s how Phoenix Design develops product and entire product ranges. In a word, with: logic, morals and magic.