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    Stefan Diez, Chassis and Houdini chairs.
    © Stefan Diez office 2011
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    Stefan Diez, 404F, Houdini and Chassis chairs.
    © Jonathan Mauloubier
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    Stefan Diez, 404F, Houdini et Chassis chairs, Papier, Kuvert and Homme bags.
    © Jonathan Mauloubier

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    Stefan Diez, Chassis chair.
    © Wilkhan, Stefan Diez office 2008
selection exhibitions 2011
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Stefan DiezSquash & sautoir, villa Noailles horaires
THE REAL, PARTICIPATION, TIME

The German designer Stefan Diez will be exhibiting through two works, namely that of the chair Chassis and the Paper bag, his œuvre: from conception to completion. Stefan Diez will also be acting as president of the jury for Design Parade 6 and will take part in a conference during the festival.

Stefan Diez
His comet-like success can best be compared with that of Konstantin Grcic in whose office Diez worked from 1999 to 2002, an unsurprising fact. But first things first: Stefan Diez was born in 1971 in Freising. After completing training in architecture and carpentry, he went to India for a year, where he designed and built furniture for a company in Mumbai and Poona. Back in Germany, he studied industrial design at the State Academy of Art and Design Stuttgart from 1996 to 2002. In 1998, he worked as an assistant to Richard Sapper, after which, as mentioned above, he worked for Konstantin Grcic in Munich until 2002. In January 2003, he became selfemployed, opening his own design studio, also in Munich.

Since then, he has been developing furniture, tableware, bags and exhibition designs, among other things. His renowned customers include Rosenthal AG, Authentics, Wilkhahn, Elmar Flötotto, the Nymphenburg Porcelain Factory, Schönbuch, WMF andThonet.

Diverse in the best sense of the word. For a designer (not only of his age), his products have received awards comparatively frequently. He has won prizes ranging from the Design Report Award (2002) to the interior innovation award of the international furniture fairimmn cologne (2004) to the Design Award of the Federal Republic of Germany in the Silver category (2006) for his oven-to-table programme for Thomas (oven-proof dishes). And the list of prizes he has won has continued to grow in 2007. His innovative storage system, Shuttle, for example, also designed for Thomas, won theMaterialica Design & Technology Award.It is this latter award in particular that shows the thread going through Diez’s work. Diez works intensively with materials and passionately fathoms out their limitations. In the process, he develops products that are minimalist in their formal language and that always have fresh charm. Above all, though, they always meet human needs. His products are always coherent and diverse in the best sense of the word – a quality to be found with few designers, especially those of the younger generation.
Text: Andrej Kupetz and Stephan Ott.