Michael was born in Aachen in 1971, to a Dutch mother and a German father. He grew up in the part of Germany, which borders the Netherlands and Belgium. His grandfathers were skilled craftsmen, so he became acquainted with all kinds of materials at an early age and loved making and creating kinds of things. After school Michael trained to become a cabinetmaker. He studied design in Aachen, where he gained an honors degree. One year later, at the age of 27, he started work as a lecturer at the University of Aachen, teaching product development. During this time Michael started work on his own projects with German design labels.
For several years now, Michael has had his own studio in Hamburg, where he moved to after starting a family. Michael, his Turkish wife and their two daughters, live in the northern part of Hamburg.
The studio is responsible for a wide range of design projects in the fields of furniture, accessories, lighting and interior design, making use of many different materials and all kinds of technologies.
What is Michael's secret? The answer is simple - take an everyday article and give it a twist in respect of its use, function and material and, in many cases, add a touch of humour.