Designkoop and its partners design products for industry since 2001. From the beginning, the alliance consisted of Claus-Christian Eckhardt, Johannes Kiessler and Andreas Hopf. Mr. Hopf left the team in late 2009.
Claus-Christian Eckhardt (*1965) studied art history at the Philipps-Universität Marburg and industrial design at the Braunschweig University of Art (HBK) in Germany. After graduating, he worked as a designer and interior designer for Silvestrin Design, as product designer for Blaupunkt and as head of design for Bosch. He subsequently led the design activities of Tenovis and Avaya. Since 2000, he has also worked as a freelance designer. In 2001 he was appointed professor and head of the industrial design faculty at Lund University in Sweden, where he later became director of the newly founded School of Industrial Design.
He is a member of the advisory board of the Ikea Stiftung and guest professor at the University of Technology Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur, the Academy of Art and Design (HGK) Basel in Switzerland, Tianjin University in China and the University of Rome in Italy.
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Johannes Kiessler graduated from Art Center College of Design (Europe) with a bachelor's degree in Product Design and with a master's degree in Business Marketing from Freie Universität Berlin. He worked for Olivetti Design Studio and Studio De Lucchi in Milan (Italy) before opening his own practice in 1998. In 2001 he founded Designkoop with Claus-Christian Eckhardt and Andreas Hopf. Johannes is also a business consultant for national and international clients and an entrepreneur with his company KIESSLER in Berlin. In 2019, he was appointed professor and head of the master's program M.A. Innovation Design Management at the UE University of Applied Sciences Europe in Berlin.