After apprenticeship and master craftsman in joinery, he cooperated with sculptures in Kassel and Düsseldorf. In 1985 he started design studies at the Berlin University of the Arts. Meanwhile, he founded with partners the Crelle-Woodshop, where he developed and produced radical, simple furniture. In 1989 he founded Werkstudio ( for interior and product design and worked since for clients like Cappellini, Magis, Moormann, Nomos Glashütte, Documenta X, Akademie der Künste, Kunsthalle Mannheim, Kunsthalle Praha. Between 1993 -2003 he taught as a professor for design at the Bauhaus-university Weimar. As one of the co-founders of the new Faculty Gestaltung, he was responsible for the conception and development of the experimental interdisciplinary workshops. Since 2004 he teaches as a professor for product- and process-design at Berlin University of the Arts. There he was co-initiator of trans-disciplinary research- and cooperation-platforms like Design Reaktor, SchwarmLabor and Campus-Kollisionen and also co-founder of the UdK Graduate School for the Arts and Sciences.