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Oliver Schick

Oliver Schick was born in 1969 in Darmstadt, a small town which is one of Germany‘s most important places regarding the history of the Art Nouveau movement in the end of the 19th century. Affected by the cultural past of his hometown, he studied product design at the HBK - University of fine arts and Design in Saarbruecken. The first years after graduation, he worked as freelance designer for several studios and in 2005 he founded his own studio with the focus on furniture, lighting and interior design and since he works for outside companies such as Ligne Roset, Skandiform and Gubi. In addition he works on a range of experimental projects with design-related themes like materials, functions, usage and sustainable development. „My aim is to design products with character that are timeless and easy to comprehend. They should be simple in use, in production and even in their idea, without being boring or lifeless. In my opinion the narrative aspect of a product is just as important as its function. We are all surrounded by these »creatures« that we use for our daily needs and it its important that they not only fulfill their technical function but also tell us a small story. It is often only minor changes or unexpected details that are needed to give a product a lively character, which sparks the associations and emotions of the user. But the challenge is always to create the right balance between the use and the effect of the product, without making it obtrusive.”

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