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Related Projects: Belgrade Design Week Festival 2012

Thomas Feichtner is an internationally established product designer. He was born in Vitória, Brazil and grew up in Austria. He studied industrial design at the University of Art and Industrial Design in Linz. He designed numerous products for the Austrian industry and for such traditional crafters as J&L Lobmeyr, Neue Wiener Werkstätten,Wiener Silber Manufactur, Augarten Porzellanmanufaktur, TON and Carl Mertens, and realised freelance projects in cooperation with Vitra, Absolut, Thonet and FSB. His work is positioned midway between industry and handicrafts, mass production and one-of-a-kinds. International exhibitions at the Triennale di Milano, the International Biennial of Design in Saint Etienne, the Austrian Cultural Forum London as well as the MAK – Austrian Museum of Applied Arts / Contemporary Art in Vienna followed. His work was honoured with international design awards and have been acquired by various design collections. A personal monograph “Thomas Feichtner – Edge to Edge“ was released by the MAK – Austrian Museum of Applied Arts / Contemporary Art and published by Birkhäuser in 2010. From 2009 to 2014 Feichtner was a professor for product design at the Muthesius Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Kiel, Germany and in 2011 he was awarded by the Austrian State Award for Design. He lives and works in Vienna with his wife Simone.

http://www.thomasfeichtner.com/

Belgrade Design Week is a one-off – a unique set-up that is free from the corporate atmosphere that so often pervades other such events. The energy, optimism and warmth of Jovan and his team flows through every event – lectures, workshops, meals & drinks alike!   I’ve never been good at sitting in a dark lecture hall for more than an hour or so at a time but found myself doing three lectures back to back at Belgrade – such was the quality of speakers. Timetabling was crazy at times but at BDW everybody seems happy to ‘go with the flow’ – and has an even better time for doing so. The City of Belgrade should be very proud of this gem!

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