• 8x German Design Award

    8x German Design Award

    Phoenix Design is honoured to receive eight German Design Awards by the German Design Council. Within more than 5,000 design entries, products from AXOR, hansgrohe and Fun Factory won out and belong to the favoured few of about 400 award winners. The coveted awards will be handed over on Friday, 09 February 2018, at the "Ambiente" trade fair in Frankfurt/Main. An exhibition on the trade fair grounds will showcase all winners.

    One winner's award each goes to the AXOR Uno Select Washbasin Taps, hansgrohe product line RainSelect and hansgrohe KitchenSinkCombi 450. "With its strictly rectilinear, minimal design, the AXOR Uno Select celebrates the simplicity of form. The product’s high level of visible and tangible quality is the result of sophisticated materials and cutting-edge technology", according to the jurors. The G5 series of Fun Factory receives a winner award as well. 

    One "Special Mention" award each goes to AXOR Montreux Washbasin Taps, AXOR product line Uno Zero Washbasin Taps, hansgrohe Metropol Washbasin Taps and hansgrohe KitchenSinkCombi 660. "This combination features a clear and minimalist design whose faucet and extra-wide basin form a single unit from the standpoint of form. The minimalist but nonetheless compact form of the outflow head makes the product instantly recognisable",

    We are very happy, together with our clients AXOR, hansgrohe and Fun Factory.

    > Learn more about the award-winning products
    > About the German Design Award


    8x German Design Award
  • Post-Purism. The End of Reduction?

    Post-Purism. The End of Reduction?

    On 22 January 2018 at 7 pm, the BDA Bund Deutscher Architekten [Association of German Architects] extends an invitation to come to the "Wechselraum" exhibition location in Stuttgart. "The superfluous is a very necessary thing", said Voltaire. Really? Isn't this pitted against the strive for guiding a design towards a pure and clear expression devoid of extraneous ingredients and influences? This will be the topic of discussion at the 45th "Wechselgespräch" dialog meeting between Tom Schönherr, founder and Managing Partner of Phoenix Design, and renowned architects.

    Post-Purism – The End of Reduction? Panel discussion featuring Prof. Peter Krebs, Büro für Architektur, Karlsruhe; Thomas Kröger, Thomas Kröger Architekten, Berlin; Tom Schönherr, Phoenix Design, Stuttgart/Munich/Shanghai; Host: Prof. Dr. Stephan Trüby, Munich/Stuttgart

    Looking at current architectural developments, there seems to be a discernible trend towards turning one's back on sobriety and again creating emotion by means of strong gestures. Necessary? During the course of that evening, we will learn more about this.

    Location: Wechselraum BDA, Zeppelin Carré, Friedrichstrasse 5, 70174 Stuttgart, www.wechselraum.de

    Post-Purism. The End of Reduction?
  • Phoenix Design at MCBW 2018

    Phoenix Design at MCBW 2018

    The Munich Creative Business Week (MCBW) taking place 3–11 March 2018 will once again attract international top designers, architects, creative professionals and business representatives to the Bavarian capital. Matching the motto “Design Transforms”, Phoenix Design will deliver two contributions and present trends and design concepts around the theme of water.

    MCBW 2018 will be starting with two programme areas, and Phoenix Design will be present in both of them. In the area “CREATE BUSINESS!”, the Phoenix Design Talk “Digital Water” will take place on Wednesday 7 March 2018 at 7 pm in our Munich studio, Hans-Fischer-Strasse 10. Experts from different companies and industries, first and foremost among them the industrial start-up ICON, will discuss opportunities and challenges of digitisation with regard to this vital, non-digital element. What are the influences of trends like individualisation and self-optimisation on water and the way we handle it?

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    On opening day already, i.e. on 3 March 2018, Stefan Andreesen, Principal Designer with Phoenix Design, will deal with the biggest talking point in the category “DESIGN SCHAU!” in his speech about “Water – a Digital Element?”. Between 4:30 pm and 5 pm at the MCBW Forum in the Deutsches Museum, he will present possibilities for combining water consumption with digital services and extending this combination in ways that are playful while at the same time making eminent sense – for a more conscious lifestyle.

    Phoenix Design at MCBW 2018
  • Design Friends Conference in Luxembourg

    Design Friends Conference in Luxembourg

    On 24 January 2018, Andreas Diefenbach, Design Business Manager and member of the Phoenix Design Management Board, will be the invited guest speaker at the conference series by the Design Friends in Luxembourg. At the Mudam, the museum of contemporary art in Luxembourg, he will hold a one-hour speech starting at 6:30 pm about “The Future of Living”.

    The World is changing, but some things will never change. Shelter, food, water, warmth, safety, rest and light. This fundamental continue to define people’s lives. Civilization has come a long way but there is still so much that can be better for so many people all over the world. In context of massive urbanization, scarcity of resources and upcoming technological standards our needs of living and wellbeing are consistently evolving. As designer we are responsible for re-inventing the world we live in.

    At Phoenix Design we believe that we can serve humanity best by focusing on those substantial things, that will always count: to find the way to manage challenges in daily life in clever, smart and meaningful way.

    Design Friends is a non-profit organisation not merely speaking to professionals, but rather creating a conversation with all design lovers. By hosting conferences and exhibitions, publishing magazines and much more, Design Friends became in the last years a vital platform for design-related topics in Luxembourg.

    >> to the event

    Design Friends Conference in Luxembourg
  • Project kick-off at the Stuttgart Media University

    Project kick-off at the Stuttgart Media University

    November 2017 marked 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.

    In order to find answers to the question of “How can we design services of urban logistics in ways that are more pleasant, fairer and more positive?”, students from the Information Design degree programme will develop concepts to improve logistics bottlenecks.

    With the support of the Phoenix Design experts, the students from the 3rd, 4th and 7th semesters will walk through an entire design process, starting with research and analysis, moving on to ideation, and continuing all the way to the final visual design. On 23 January 2018, the semester project will end, with the students presenting their results at the Phoenix Design studio in Stuttgart.

    Project kick-off at the Stuttgart Media University
  • Dreamteam: SAP UX Day und PHOENIX

    Dreamteam: SAP UX Day und PHOENIX

    Der SAP UX Day am 20.02.18 im ZKM Karlsruhe richtet sich an die Community von Designern und UX Experten. Auf Einladung von SAP wird Andreas Diefenbach, Member of the Board bei Phoenix Design, einen Vortrag zum Thema „Designing Design – Ein Beruf zwischen Utopie und Vergessenheit“ halten.

    Die Welt verändert sich, aber einige Bedürfnisse werden sich nie ändern: Obdach, Nahrung, Wasser, Wärme, Sicherheit, Ruhe und Licht. Diese grundlegenden Aspekte bestimmen weiterhin das Leben der Menschen. Die Zivilisation hat es weit gebracht, aber es gibt immer noch so viel, was für so viele Menschen auf der ganzen Welt – digital und physisch – besser sein kann. Die Bedürfnisse der Menschen werden immer noch dieselben sein, aber die Erwartungen in unserer vernetzten Welt ändern sich. Angesichts der massiven Verstädterung, der Ressourcenknappheit und der aufkommenden technologischen Standards entwickeln sich unsere Bedürfnisse nach Leben und Wohlbefinden stetig weiter. Als Designer sind wir dafür verantwortlich unsere Welt neu zu erfinden. Unser Alltag verändert sich schneller als je zuvor – sozial, technologisch, ökologisch, politisch und wirtschaftlich. Inmitten dieser Veränderungen haben Designer die entscheidende Aufgabe darüber nachzudenken, wie unsere Zukunft aussehen wird und wie wir damit umgehen. Unser Beruf bewegt sich zwischen "Utopie und Vergessenheit". Design spielt sich zwischen grundlegenden Elementen der Schöpfung und inflationärer Konsumartikel ab. Es wird in Vergessenheit geraten, wenn wir uns weiterhin auf kleinere ästhetische Probleme konzentrieren. Es wird zur Utopie, wenn wir das Design der Zukunft in einer bedeutungsvollen und menschlichen Dimension gestalten.

    Wir bei Phoenix Design glauben, dass wir der Menschheit am besten dienen können, indem wir uns auf die wesentlichen Dinge konzentrieren, die immer zählen werden: den Weg zu finden, Herausforderungen im täglichen Leben klug, intelligent und sinnvoll zu bewältigen und zu gestalten.

    Beim diesjährigen SAP UX Day dreht sich alles um die Mensch-Maschine-Interaktion, Digitale Transformation in IoT und Big Data sowie Visualisierung für ein ganzheitliches Erlebnis. Vorträge, Workshops und Inspirationsstände vermitteln das Thema.

    Softwarekonzern und Designstudio – beide Branchen beschäftigen sich mit denselben Fragestellungen und können voneinander lernen.

    Dreamteam: SAP UX Day und PHOENIX
  • Kids discover design

    Kids discover design

    Phoenix Design wird am 20.04.2018 am Werkgymnasium Heidenheim mit Kindern im Alter von 12 bis 14 Jahren Design entdecken. Designerin Steffi Moser wird anhand eines konkreten Beispiels den Designprozess von der ersten Idee bis zur Produktentwicklung skizzieren. Dann geht’s für die Schüler/-innen ans eigene Werk: Adjektive und Möbelstücke sammeln und dann ein „schnelles Modell“ bauen!

    Ein charmanter Schrank oder eine spitze Lampe? Die Kinder dürfen ihre Lieblingskombi aus einfachen Materialien (z.B. Wellpappe, Draht, Strohhalme) selbst nach ihren Vorstellungen modellieren. Recherchieren, Ideen finden, analysieren, weiterentwickeln, gemeinsam umsetzen, präsentieren – alles Aufgaben, die auch im professionellen Designalltag anstehen. Der Fantasie sind dabei keine Grenzen gesetzt. Und nebenbei werden Kreativität, Experimentierfreudigkeit, vernetztes Denken und eine bewusste Gestaltung der Umwelt gefördert.

    Die Forderung, musisch-ästhetischer Bildung in der schulischen Bildung einen höheren Stellwert zu verleihen, wird lauter und dringender und ist auf Bundesebene (und auch in Europa) Aktionsfeld verschiedenster Initiativen. Nicht abgedeckt ist hiervon allerdings der Bereich Design. Die Stiftung Deutsches Design Museum möchte daher mit ihrem Projekt "Entdecke Design" die Auseinandersetzung mit Design in der Schule fördern. In Workshops und in Zusammenarbeit von Lehrern und Designern lernen Schüler/-innen handlungsorientiert die Grundlagen von Gestaltung und Design kennen. Damit dieses Thema dauerhaft im Unterricht verankert wird, soll ein Programm zur Lehrerfortbildung entwickelt werden. Unter anderem wird diese Aktion in Baden-Württemberg von der Karl-Schlecht-Stiftung unterstützt.



    Kids discover design
  • Phoenix Design – Magazine

    Phoenix Design – Magazine

    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.

    What was, has been, and always will be is our philosophy. Phoenix Design is a studio for design and innovation, creating smart, meaningful, and substantial brand experiences which touch people – today, for tomorrow. Always driven by Logic, Morals, and Magic. Since 1987

    To order, simply send us an email containing your contact data.
    Contact: Silvia Olp, Head of Communications, Enable JavaScript to view protected content.

    Phoenix Design – Magazine
  • Anniversary Year 2017

    Anniversary Year 2017

    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.

  • Yo-Yo goes Domotex

    Yo-Yo goes Domotex

    Following the main theme "Unique Youniverse", DOMOTEX will take place in Hannover on 12–15 January 2018. Phoenix Design will present itself on this trade show which is the most important one for carpets and floor claddings worldwide, within the scope of the exhibition "Endless Uniqueness" in Hall 8–9 with its own proprietary Universe Box with Yo-Yos from the Phoenix Design Academy.

    Focussing on the societal megatrend of individualisation, manufacturers, designers, architects and interior designers from nearly 60 countries will meet at the DOMOTEX trade show 2018 to present their latest developments and ideas.

    The exhibition "Endless Uniqueness" will turn the main theme into an interactive experience. With an individual Universe Box, 50 designers will visualise their very personal interpretation of self-determination and uniqueness. The respective boxes are placed vis-à-vis a kaleidoscope in which the boxes and the visitors are reflected. In this walk-in mirror installation, everybody can combine and change the different materials so that a self-designed, individual universe is created.

    Phoenix Design will stage selected Yo-Yos for this, reflecting the work of young talent at the Phoenix Design Academy. Towards the end of their internship at Phoenix Design, the design students have only three days to create their very own personal Yo-Yo, independent of design specifications.

    Yo-Yo goes Domotex
  • FIRST . NOW. NEXT - The new Phoenix blog

    FIRST . NOW. NEXT - The new Phoenix blog

    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.


    In our blog, we will regularly tell you about our origins, about the present, and about the future of Phoenix Design. We listen, write, and move. Look forward to reading fascinating stories. We want to share the unique Phoenix Design spirit – with texts that are heart-warming and intellectually inspiring.

    1987 – come with us and discover the origins of Phoenix Design.
    2017 – enjoy our success today together with us.
    2047 – read our thoughts about the future.

    >> Read the current first article about how Phoenix Design was founded, including some facts to make you smile, and learn about the role of “Sweet Mama”!

    FIRST . NOW. NEXT - The new Phoenix blog