Designer Portraits – 2020 / 2021
blomus continues to be known for its devotion to exquisite quality, a highly innovative approach to product development, and a desire to look beyond the mere aesthetics of a product and view its practical properties as equally important. In combination with an overall design philosophy that expresses simplicity, feminine sensibility, and an uncompromising approach to colour, shape, and choice of material, this has secured blomus a position as a major player on the international design scene.
The German design studio kaschkasch was established in 2011 by Florian Kallus (born 1983) and Sebastian Schneider (born 1985). Since then, the two designers have been a strong voice on the international design scene.
The duo works within the creative fields of art direction, furniture and lighting design, servicing a number of international brands. Kaschkasch is primarily known for simple yet refined designs, and for Florian Kallus and Sebastian Schneider’s continuous exploration of the interplay between functionality and beauty. The studio has received numerous awards, among them the prestigious Red Dot Award for the Ani lamp for blomus in 2019 and the German Design Award Special for the Stay outdoor range in 2021.
Designer Theresa Rand is known for her graceful and highly feminine take on modern interior design. Educated in both her native Germany and in Copenhagen, where she now lives and works, she has a unique understanding of both the Nordic aesthetic tradition and the German appreciation of function and quality. Her love for simple, functional yet poetic objects with a story to tell is evident in everything she designs, and her desire to create spaces with a warm and inviting feel has given her a preference for classic shapes, natural materials and subtle, elegant colors.
Trained in both architecture and furniture design in the US and Denmark, Adam Miller (born 1984) is familiar with designing at all scales. Today, his Los Angeles based creative studio AD Miller takes on projects in the fields of both architecture and interiors, as well as creating sculptures, lighting, and homeware products. The designer’s curiosity and international mindset have led him to travel all over the world, and his time living in Italy further developed his appreciation for the art of story- telling through every piece he creates. Current projects range from high-end residences in California to a series of product lines with European manufacturers.
Designer Nina Thöming (born 1984) is part of the German design studio Flöz Design, which has been a stable partner to blomus for the past 15 years. With a background in industrial design, Nina Thöming’s work process is thorough and systematic, starting with research and a comprehensive uncovering of the needs and demands of the market followed by the creative process of transforming the acquired knowledge into beautiful yet functional interior items. Among her well-known products for blomus are the Pilar table line and a series of bathroom items by the name Sono.
German designer David Meier (born 1990) is the driving force behind studiomeiid, which he founded in 2019. With a solid foundation in technical model making, as well as a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Science in Industrial Design, he is known for his uncompromising aesthetic vision and for products that effortlessly merge a high degree of functionality with a strong visual direction. As a charming add-on, the young designer has never been afraid of the playful and humorous, taking it as a compliment if a product of him also puts a smile on your face. The Palua tray is the first product by David Meier for blomus.
Trained as an industrial designer with a particular emphasis on glass and ceramics at the Design School in Halle, Germany, Frederike Martens (born 1987) has a rare talent for pure and strikingly simple shapes, and a preference for colours that will stand the test of time. With her impeccable sense of balance and proportion, Frederike’s work displays a special sensitivity to how materials work, both alone and together. However, for the young designer the practical usability of any given item is equally important. The Sablo tableware line, comprising 18 distinct items, was her first design project for blomus – and has now been followed up by the Ceola vase.
Peter Lienhart (born 1969) has a degree in industrial design from Pforzheim University in Germany, and this is discernibly the starting point for his well-defined aesthetic vision – one where the purity of a shape will always be paramount, and any detail must have a clear purpose. His considerable experience with product design and strong focus on the technical aspects of any home item have made him the perfect designer of lighting solutions such as the new Farol lamp for blomus.
Polish-born Justyna Poplawska was educated at the Academy of Fine Arts in Wroclaw, Poland, and at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Design, in Copenhagen. She started her career as a designer with a particular interest in glass and was trained in the traditional craft of glass-blowing. Her special ability to imbue mass-produced objects with a handmade feel has become her trademark. Justyna Poplawska is widely acknowledged as a new and interesting voice in the international design industry, and her work has been supported by grants from the Danish Arts Foundation, Danmarks Nationalbanks Jubilæumsfond and Otto Bruuns Fond.
For Italian designer Luca Galmarini (born 1981), the hustle and bustle of the modern world has never been a source of inspiration. Rather, he finds both pleasure and creative energy in the great outdoors, preferring to stay secluded from civilization and leading a simple life in his home, office and workshop tucked away in the Italian mountains. However, his intelligent and often imaginative and highly original take on product design has paved the way for collaborations with several international design brands, among them blomus, for whom he has made the new watering can bearing the name Colibri.