Company

Life is creation

The studio around designer Wolf U. Wagner sees itself as a concept developer and designer for companies that use design as a strategic factor in their successful marketing. The team works in the fields of design such as market and functional analysis, concept and idea development, technical and creative innovation and visualization and delivers the production-ready engineering data to the commercial product. For us, the product is part of a holistic brand environment, which we design with pleasure and commitment together with the respective professionals up to the promising launch. -New and successful designs are created again and again in cooperation with the client.

The Studio

The studio with a total area of approx. 400 sqm is located in the east of Frankfurt in the direct neighbourhood of start-ups and industrial companies. We have various desks with Apple and PC workstations, use the latest software for 2D design (Adobe CS) and 3D design as well as engineering (CAD – SolidWorks, PRO/E Wildfire, Rhino), AR/VR and media creation, build models in our own model workshop equipped with various machines, 3D printers and electrical appliances. A material library, a specialised library and a showroom complement the work areas, which are always oriented towards creativity.


Team

The team consists of 5-10 product designers (Diploma/Bachelor/Master) with international spectrum and at times architects as well as academics. Freelancers are involved on a project-by-project basis. Design trainees from the world’s leading educational institutions complement the developer family. We also expand our core competence in “design” through cooperation with qualified partners from various disciplines such as consulting, rapid manufacturing, engineering, mould making, production, photography and communications design.


Application

If you are interested in our studio and our products, have a high talent for design and presentation, have a passion for complete product development, can count technical solution readiness to your everyday thinking, recognize the power of design and want to apply it successfully in a team with others and if you also want to live in Frankfurt am Main – then send us an initiative application for a job, a traineeship or an internship. The application with a meaningful profile, portfolio and a short statement about your conception of design can be sent to Michaela Ebbinghaus. You will hear from us.


Founder

Wolf Udo Wagner founded a studio for Design & Interior after studying architecture and product design in Darmstadt and Manchester for several semesters. Particularly valuable for his personal education were the semesters of architecture, in which he was able to work out not only the creative but also the technical structural approach, which was deepened during his design studies. There were also study periods in Berlin and Paris. A previous training as a craftsman should not go unmentioned, since here too the foundations for today’s work were laid.

Today’s design studio in Frankfurt am Main is run by Wolf U. Wagner together with Michaela Ebbinghaus (MA) and an international team. In the areas of product design and interior design, they design for internationally positioned brands that see design as part of their brand strategy.

Wolf U. Wagner’s own design is based on the three pillars function, aesthetics and semiotics. During design and development, he scrutinises content from the ground up in order to be able to create something unexpected. Trends are of secondary interest – and if so, as an incentive to do better! For Wolf, the challenge when designing new products is to relate the context between object, people, environment and culture. This results in unique solutions, which are linked socially and suitably for everyday use in people’s moments of life. These are things that can be used for a long time, that are sustainable and commercially successful. Wolf says: “I design the space between things.

The works are successful in the market and have been awarded 42 prizes/nominations to date. These include several RedDot, iF, Design Plus and Good Design Awards from the Athenaeum Museum in Chicago. Some projects are permanently represented in museums. Wolf U. Wagner is the creative director of several brands, including ‘ZEVA’, ‘miawolf’ and ‘ponton’. In addition to his work in the studio, he supervised design projects at universities in the fields of architecture (HF), interior design (HD) and product design (HFG) and University for Technology, Beijing. Wolf gives lectures on design, design thinking and social change.

Vita

1983-1986

Professional training in upholstery and interior design

1989-1990

Studies – Architecture, Darmstadt HD

1990 - 1996

Studies – Product Design, Darmstadt HD / Manchester MMU;
Stays in Paris, Berlin, several internships, successful participation in design competitions. First design projects.

1996

Diploma, Darmstadt HD

1997

Foundation of Studio Wagner:Design, Frankfurt. Since then long-standing cooperation with well-known clients.

1998

Partnership Studio Wagner:Design with Michaela Ebbinghaus MA

2006 - today

Founding of miawolf by Wolf Udo Wagner with the brand miawolf. Position as creative director

2008 - today

Founding of ponton. Position as creative director

2009 - 2015

Board Member Deutscher Designer Club (DDC) International Division

2016 - today

Director Industry Deutscher Designer Club (DDC)

2016 - today

Creative Brand Director of the brand ZEVA (Sanitary)

Lectures & University Projects

WS 2005/06

HFG Offenbach, guest lectureship for Wolf Udo Wagner and Daniel Zerlang-Rösch: draft product design, subject: light green, light for the Palmengarten

SS 2008

HD Darmstadt, Department of Architecture: Project work with Professor Hartmut Raiser. Interior design concept, subject: Oak

WS 2008/09

HD Frankfurt, Department of Architecture: guest lectureship at the DDC Academy – project work with Professor Claudia Lüling, Frank Lottermann (Nordisk); architectural design, subject: FB2 exhibition booth

WS 2010/11

University for Technology, Beijing, Department of Architecture & Design: Guest lectureship Product Design, Topic: Noise & Sound

Lectures (selection)

2010 IMM

Topic: Muji & Thonet – the designers and the new classics

2010 IMM

Topic: Global:local

2011 Asahikawa University

Topic: Global:local

2016 San-Ei Event

Topic: International design cooperation

2016 Korea conference

Topic: International design cooperation

2017 Annual conference of the IHK

Topic: Development of a swarm intelligence drone

2015 / 16 / 17 Design Academy of the German Design Council

FormNext Trade Fair – Professional tour of the Design Academy

Wolf regularly participates in juries of the design industry.

Cooperations

www.pontonliving.eu   /   www.miawolf.de   /   www.ddc.de   /   www.project-globallocal.de   /   www.projektdrei.de   /   www.ifworlddesignguide.com

If you would like to learn more about Wolf’s Japanese collaborations, please click HERE.


Awards

41 Awards: Award Ambiente Trend Tour 2016 · Consumer Award von Eltern & Urbis · Tillywig Brain Child Award · 2 x If Award Hannover· 5 x Red Dot Award · 2 x Design Plus, Frankfurt · Best Brand Award ISPO München · 2 x Good Design, Chicago · 2 x Form · 3 x DDC Award gold · 5 x Nominierung zum Bundespreis Produkt Design · Platz 1 DDC Projektwettbewerb St Peter, Frankfurt · Nominierung für Designpreis Neunkirchen, Neunkirchen · Nominierung Lucky Strike Junior Design Award · 2 x Üstra Designaward Silber, Hannover · Platz 1 Olympia Express 2000 Berlin · 2 x Design Preis Baden-Württemberg/ Focus in Silber, Stuttgart · 2 x Design TV Award · Nominierung WellTech Award, Mailand · Boote der Phantasie · JEC Award, ParisReAL, Recycling Alu Design Competition, Zona Tortona, Mailand · Designpreis der Messe Rheingolf, Köln RSA Award


2011 QUBIQUE Berlin – global:local · 2011 IMM Köln – global:local · 2010 Tide (Generate) Designweek Tokyo · 2010 Tabloid, Tokyo · 2009 Osaka Design Exhibition · 2009 IMM 3D Lounge in der Designhalle 3.1 · 2009 IMM AIT Lounge · 2009 Holz – Kunst – Bewegung, Frankelbach · 2009 Soon at Lexington, Tokyo · 2009 Passagen “Tatorte”, Köln · 2009 Designers Fair, (im Atrium des ehem. Deutsche Bahn Direktionsgebäude) Köln · 2008 DEW21 – Energie, Kunst, Kultur, Dortmund · 2008 Passagen “Tatorte”, Köln · 2008 IMM Firelounge in der Designhalle 3.1 · 2008 Design aus Hessen, Hessen Design, Darmstadt · 2006 Luminale DDC, Wiesbaden · 2006 Designersblock, Frankfurt/Main Deutschland · 2006 Fresch, Frankfurt/Main Deutschland · 2006 Sportpresseball, Alte Oper Frankfurt, Germany · 2005 Take Away, Museum für Gestaltung Zürich · 2005 100% Design Tokyo bei Designboom Mart, Tokyo, Japan · 2005 Hellgrün – Lichtraum Palmengarten Frankfurt – Ausstellung der Studenten der HfG Offenbach, Gastdozent Wolf Udo Wagner mit Daniel Zerlang-Rösch · 2005 Designersblock, Frankfurt/Main · 2005 Fresch, Frankfurt/Main · 2005 ICFF New York City, bei Designboom · 2005 MoMA Store- ich und mein Weinregal im NY MoMA Geschäft · 2005 ReAL Design Competition, Zona Tortona, Mailand, Italien · 2004 Osaka Design Exhibition 04, Osaka Japan · 2004 Interieur04 Kortrijk · 2004 Alumni, Darmstadt, Deutschland · 2004 Biennale Interieur 04, Kortrijk, Belgien · 2004 100% Design bei Swarovski & Designboom, London · 2004 Designmay – Deutschlandreise, Berlin · 2004 Lichtgestalten – Luminale, DDC und Leica bei Leptien3, Frankfurt/Main · 2004 Salone Satellite, Mailand · 2004 Water Concept (2 Konzepte), Salone Dell Arredo Bagno, Mailand · 2004 Passagen “Deutschlandreise”, Köln, Deutschland · 2004 Galerie DIVA 04, Valencia, Spanien · 2004 Designboom Inside the bathroom, Mailand · 2003 Designersblock Tokyo bei Ideé Sputnik · 2003 100% Design, bei Designboom, London · 2003 Quinzaine internationale du design de jardin, Chaumont-sur-Loire · 2003 Salone Satellite, Mailand · 2002 DesignersBlock, London · 2002 Designlandschaft Hessen, Botschaft des Landes Hessen, Berlin, u.a.O. · 2002 Carrera Cup Hockenheimring, Deutschland · 2001 Athaeneum Museum Chicago, Aufnahme in die permanente Sammlung · 2001 »Synergien«, Design Zentrum Hessen, Darmstadt · 2000 Museum für Kunst & Gewerbe Hamburg, »Körperwelten« · 1997 Mitte der Tafel, Klingenmuseum Solingen · 1997 Lucky Strike Junior Design Award, Köln · 1997 Designpreis Neunkirchen, Neunkirchen · 1997 Üstra Designaward, Hannover · 1996 Boote der Phantasie, Museumsuferfest, Frankfurt · 1993 Olympia Express, Berlin · 1993 Stadtterminals Ulm, Ulm

Printmedia: HiFi Lautsprecher – Testjahrbuch 2012 – Schwarz-Weiss-Malerei · HIFI Star – Einfach individuell · Audio – 8/2012 – Front-Ansichten · Hifi Lautsprecher – Test-Jahrbuch 2012 – Schwarz-Weiss-Malerei · 2011 -Testberichte.deUnterwegs · Image hifi – 4/2011 Juli/August – One Size Fits All · Stereo 05/2011 – Test – All-in-one-Anlagen · 05/2011 AUDIO Magazin – Heute ein König · Frühjahr/Sommer 2011 Nissan Magazin – Ausgabe 2/2011 – Lebensart I Das Beste zweier Welten · 01/2011, A&W – Fußspuren der Möbel · 02/03 2010, HOME Magazine – Le design allemand · 2009 – living – red dot design yearbook 2009/2010 vol.1 · Herbst/Winter 2009/2010 – World Shop Lufthansa – Der Katalog · 10/09 Frankfurter Rundschau – Geometrie mit schrägen Kanten · 2009 – Solinger Tageblatt – Mehr Feuer in Asien machen · 08/2009 www.dailydelight.tumblr.com – The great out indoors · 07/2009 www.designcollector.net/ – Urbana · Frühjahr/Sommer2009 Schön + grün – TERRASSEN-AWARD · 07/2009 DURAN Group – Award-winning design · 2009 red dot – Apoll Feuerstelle · 06/2009 mein schönes zuhause;3 – Interview mit Wolf Udo Wagner · 05/2009 – Bergische Wirtschaft – Bergische Unternehmen erhalten red dot awards · 2009 www.livingathome.de – Univers · 04.2009 – DIGEST – Carl Mertens · 04/2009 Heldenpost – Neues von WAS FRAUEN WOLLEN · 02/2009 mocoloco.com – ponton fireplace · 2/2009 J’N’C – Ponton FEUERSTELLE, ’FIREPLACE’ · 2009 IF Katalog – Univers · 01/2009 online-artikel.de – … die dreidimensionale Architektur des Sitzens – Sitzen in 3D · 01/2009 – Express Styles – Styles de vie – deco · 01/2009 DBZ – Innenarchitektur · 01/2009 Fizzz – Spiel mit dem Feuer · 11-13/2008 Top Fair – interiorlifestyle June · 12/2008 Men´s Health LIVING – Kamin-Know-How · flashfilm lifestyle webmagazin – Interview with Designer Wolf Udo Wagner · 11/2008 – AbZ Pharma inside – Für Ästheten · 11/2008 – Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung – Götterfunken · 11/2008 specialty fabrics Review – Carbon-fiber caddy: on course · 10/2008 – WA Werbeartikel Nachrichten – Freie Sicht aufs Spiel der Flammen · 09/2008 – The New York Times – The Fire Comes to the Table · frühjahr/sommer 2008 schönundgrün – Die neue Wohnlichkeit · 0809/2008 Schöne Gärten · Frühjahr/Sommer 2008 Country Style – Highlights der Outdoorsaison · 08/2008 www.luxury-insider.com – Clean Ponton Fireplaces Keeps You Warm In Style · 08/2008 DIGEST – Design muss funktionieren · 07/2008 www.gourmetretailer.com – fireplace · 06/2008 Wallpaper- Lifestyle/093 · 06/2008 md international magazine of design · 05/2008 Raum und Wohnen – Wohnen im Freien · 04/2008 Stern – Das Bunte muss ins Grüne · 04/2008 Süddeutsche Zeitung / Golf Spielen · 04/2008 RAUM UND WOHNEN – Wohnen im Freien · 2008 red dot – Kyoto Sessel · 2008 Gartenidee – Feuerstellen · 2008 Gartenidee – Accessoires · Frühjahr 2008 Highlights der Outdoorsaison · 04.2008 DIGEST – Apoll · 03/2008 Häuser – Gartenmöbel · 03/2008 Strandkorb&co. – Trends 2009/2010 · 03/2008 money cab – Der Maybach unter den Caddies · 03/2008 Rheingolf Magazin · 01/2008 RHEINGOLF- CARBONFUNCTIONS – Mantis · 01/2008 Golf Magazin – Carbon Functions Mantis HE · 11/2007 I.D. – Table-less · 07/2007 www.poshcravings.com – Start Me Up! · 07/2007 http://mp3.generationmp3.com · 07/2007 www.notcot.com – fireplace · 03/2007 yankodesign – Urbana – 355 Gram Picnic Set by Wolf Udo Wagner · 02/2007 Porsche Club Deutschland – Simpel zu bedienen · 02/2007 Rheingolf – CarbonFunctions · 02/2007 Golf spielen Süddeutsche Zeitung – Caddie im Kofferraum · 12/2006 designcrack.com – iPod Clip, Lust Factor: Hot · 06/2006 Instant special – jugend kultur kirche sankt peter · 05/2006 A&W Architektur und Wohnen- Komfort im Grünen · 02/2006 Golfer’s Art Magazine – Mantis- (Lat. Gottesanbeterin) · 01/2006 Dexigner – Hardware Accessories:Mantis from Germany · 2005 red dot – Golfcaddy Mantis HE Golfcaddy · 11/2005 Design Report – Signale – Erweiterungen · 08/2003 Vogue – Vogue Talent – Moderne Archaik – Ein Frankfurter zelebriert die Kunst der klugen Reduktion · 03/1998 Armbanduhren, Uhrenmagazin – Dimensionen der Zeit · 7/2005 Stil & Markt – Designergilde Interview Wolf Udo Wagner · 05/2005 Pressespiegel Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung – Lichtblicke im Palmengarten · 05/2005 Pressespiegel Frankfurter Neue Presse – Palmen ins rechte Licht gerückt · 05/2005 Pressespiegel Offenbach Post · 05/2005 Pressespiegel Frankfurt -Live.com – Licht-Ausstellung „Hellgrün“ im Palmengarten · 05/2005 Pressespiegel Bild – „hellgrün“ im Plamengarten · 04/2005 Wörkshop – Gottesanbeterin unter Strom · 04/2005 Impackt ReAL 13 – Trio_Cutlery · 2005 Doch So, Jahresbericht Hochschule für Gestaltung Offenbach am Main · 09/2004 PG – Weingenuss in perfekter Form · 2004 ABITARE 441 · 01/2004 md International Magazine of Design Den Kopf halt kühl…Liege aus Glasfiberlaminat · Nikei Marketing · 0708/2004 Form DDC: Stuhlwettbewerb Jukuki · 04/2004 ideamagazine.net · 09/2003 CASA & GIARDINO – BELLEZZA E FUNZIONALITA´ NEL DESIGN PIU´ GIOVANE · DIGEST 06/2003 – Interview mit Glasdesigner Wolf Udo Wagner · 02/2003 – FORUM Designmagasinet · 01/2003 H.O.M.E. Lifestylemagazin Durchstarter 2003 · 10/2002 Design Week, Designmagazin – Worlddesign · 09/2002 Design Week, Designmagazin – Designersblock · 2002 www.shopwiki.co.uk – Schnellkochtopf · 06/2002 PG – Von flotten Töpfen und viel Aroma · 05/2002 PG – Eingemachtes – hausgemacht · 2002 http://robertmunzer.com – O2 · 04/2002 DIGEST Wein&Baraccessoires · 02/2002 PG – Zubereiten&Kochen · 09/2001 Die Telebörse – Das Geheimnis der dritten Hand · 08/2001 PG – Die Klammer ist die Originalität · 08/2001 PG – Ein Super-Jahrgang für Weingenuss · 10/2001 GZ, Uhren und Schmuckmagazin – Stil ist nur eine Frage der Zeit · 06/2001 Hausrat-Zeitung – Für die Stehparty · 06/2001 Für Sie – Modernes Design: Praktisch · 06/2001 Freundin – Wohnideen · 05/2001 SW – Gute Haltung für das Glas · 04/2001 DIGEST Wein&Baraccessoires · 03/2001 Designreport – Hands off · 08/2000 Top Fair – „Lounging“ und andere Trends · 12/1998 Designreport, Designmagazin – Dimensionen der Zeit: Die „Planet“ von Wolf Udo Wagner · 12/1998 Designreport – Wunderwerk

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