Hi, my name is Lea. I am a Product- and Process Designer focusing on the interaction between human and object or machine. For me good design never gets old, it is simple, pure, functional and intuitive. In my work I always try to first understand the user and the problem. Designing afterwards an adequate solution is the most fun part for me but also comes with the responsibility of creating something sustainable. What all my projects have in common is that I try not to just create a new product but to understand where the usual item fails and how one could solve this problem by applying design principles.
Founding PROJEKT SAMSEN in early 2015 was a huge challenge – building a label for 3D printed eyewear from scratch. On the commercial side that meant, to run a business strategically, to construct a value chain with high quality reliable suppliers, communicating in the right way and to understand industry specifics. Even more important from a design perspective I was in charge of everything, packaging design, print design, photography, exhibition design and of course putting everything together under one uniform corporate identity. During that time I was not only a Product Designer, in fact an Art Director, Photographer, UI and UX Designer and everything else I needed to be.
For my Masters Degree I focused on the topic of Eating Design. Food, cooking and eating is an important part of my everyday life. I love a dining table being laid properly using many different plates and cutlery. But I was curious about eating with hands, which is totally normal in many other cultures. I designed a new, different way of eating – a series of bowls, plates and utensils made of dried fruits and vegetables, which become part of the meal by eating them with the meal, or eating the meal with them. The plates become a culinary part of the meal – they become part of the ceremony. You are eating with your hands, without eating with your hands.
During my Bachelor degree I worked on mechanical movements for transformable furniture for small spaces. Designed to be the functional centerpiece of a home or a public lounge (airport/hotel), LLAY breaks the known soft seating tradition. It fuses easy chair, chaise longue, sofa and sofa bed into one piece of furniture that is very easy to handle.
2018 – Master of Arts in Design – University of the Arts Berlin - UdK
2018 – German Design Award Gold 2018 – / 001 – 3D printed monoframe
2017 – Newcomer German Design Award Nominee 2017
2016 – Bundespreis ecodesign Nominee 2016 / 001 – 3D printed monoframe
2016 – Green Product Award Winner 2016 / 001 – 3D printed monoframe
from 2015 – Product Designer, Art Director, UX/UI Designer for PROJEKT SAMSEN
2010 - 2015 – Bachelor of Arts in Product- and Process Design – University of the Arts Berlin - UdK
2015 – founding PROJEKT SAMSEN
2012 - 2014 – Student Assistant at University of the Arts Berlin for Research Project “Use Tree” – an interdisciplinary research project focusing on raising awareness of the topic of usability
2014 – six months Industrial Design Intern at Studio 7.5
2010 – four months Intern at Wilkhahn Wilkening + Hahne GmbH & Co. KG
2010 – one month Intern at Wiege Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH
2009 – A level - Schiller Gymnasium Hameln
Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, Solid Works, Creo Parametrics, Rhino, Sketch, Axure, Processing, Microsoft Office
Product Design, Process Design, Rapid Prototyping & Rapid Manufacturing, Visual Design, Analytical and Design Thinking, Project Management, UX/UI, UX Research