the Farmers


Kristin Dolz

Kristin is a Product Designer with a strong connection to design driven research. The focus area of her work is the conception of form which involves the emergence, transformation and resilience of form. Through the approach that form is being constituted within interactions she investigates how analog and digital technologies access the potential of these interplays.


Yolanda Leask

Yolanda Leask is a Textile and Surface Designer based in Berlin. She founded Doppelhaus Ltd together with London-based Fashion Designer Martin Brambley, and initiated the project ‚Sustainable Nonwoven Textiles‘. During her studies at Berlin Weissensee Academy of Arts, she began to explore the issue of sustainability in fashion, and continues to creatively test the boundaries of nonwoven textile production.


Babette Wiezorek

Babette is a product designer who works at the interface of materials, technologies and the processes that connect them. She focuses on additive and computer-aided technologies (3D-printing) using fluid materials, in particular ceramics. Her research activities are based on a fundamental interest in the natural and technical processes behind the creation of form. This interest led her to implement organic strategies like feedback or regulatory circuits into the system of a 3D-Printer and challenge the potential of that technology. Babette is co-founder of the project Additive Addicted.


Marina Wilhelm

Marina Wilhelm ist a textile- and surface designer with a focus on alternative productisnmethods of clothing and its personalization. The Project Body Loom System was developed through her MA degree at Art Academy Berlin-Weißsensee. Additionally, she studied fashion design at Nuova Academia di Belle Arti, Milan in Italy.


Dawei Yang

Dawei Yang is a product designer and digital artist living and working in Berlin and Beijing. His projects span from interaction design to research-based process design, and from software development to explorations of digital materiality. His design work has experienced a shift from traditional handcrafts to computer technology-based interactive products. One of his main efforts lies in the integration of far Eastern aesthetics and modern technology. His work „Bewegungsform # Formel“ was selected by Humboldt University to be part of the exhibition »+ultra. wissen schaft gestaltung« (Martin-Gropius-Bau 2016 Berlin). His collaborative artistic work with He Jing (Eindhoven) „Tulip Pyramid – A project of copy and identity“ was honoured with the Gijs Bakker Award 2016. After working as artistic assistant at the Burg Giebichenstein School of Art and Design Halle in product and industry design, he is now focusing on starting up his own Design and Art Studio. Dawei is co-founder of Additive Addicted (Berlin) and Kinesis Generating Lab (Beijing).


Charlotte Dachroth

Charlotte is a Textile and Surface Designer and her fascination with light comes from her awarded research in surfaces and materials with the focus on the phenomenon of „Glanz“ (brilliance). Beside her work in photography and R&D, she focuses on exploring light and its boundaries with regard to art and design. Her transdisciplinary work intertwines art, design and science.

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Sara Diaz Rodriguez

Sara is a Textile Designer awarded by DesignFarmBerlin. Her work focuses on connecting new technologies with traditional textile techniques. In her project she develops a new technology for textile manufacturing.

She completed a Bachelor and Masters degree in Textile and Surface Design at the Weissensee Academy of Arts Berlin. During her Bachelor she spent one semester at the Textile School Borås, Sweden. Sara is currently a part of the e-Textile Research Group at the Design Research Lab at the University of Arts Berlin.


Ole Jeschonnek

Ole is focusing on the product side of light. In the past, he used to run the department of product development in a famous lighting design studio. His award-winning designs and installations were exhibited at the 14th Venice Biennale of Architecture. His works combine a clear design language with a high-quality lighting.

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David Kaltenbach

David is product designer with a focus on interaction. He has a great sense for potential innovations and turning them into reality and a strong eye for visuals. He is one of the three initiators of «Shortcut – The Digital Prosthesis».


Johannes Elias Lohbiler

Johannes is a Creative Technologist who lives and works in Berlin. He is currently running Johannes is a creator of dadamachines. Previously, he was acting as a co-founder of a SaaS company LUXOWORKS. He is the seventh generation carpenter with a BA in Product Design and an MA in Interaction Design.
Johannes creates digital and analogue products and experiences.


Maximilian Mahal

Max is a product designer with a background in craftsmanship. He has a strategic focus and a strong expertise in rapid prototyping. He is one of the three initiators of «Shortcut – The Digital Prosthesis».


Lucas Rex

Lucas is an interaction designer with a background in product design and a committed user advocate. He is a fan of pragmatic solutions and design sprints. He is one of the three initiators of «Shortcut – The Digital Prosthesis».


Ursula Wagner

Ursula Wagner is a textile designer and lecturer focussing on the sculptural and three-dimensional aspects of textile construction. Her work is an investigation of sculpting with industrial weaving machines, aiming to weave textile objects that shape themselves. The Berlin-based designer studied Textile & Surface Design at Weissensee Academy of Art Berlin and Hiroshima City University in Japan. She gained experience in the italian textile industry, custom fabric development, design commissions and freelance artwork, as well as academic research and teaching. Her artistic works have been acquired by public and private collections, such as the permanent collections of Grimmwelt Kassel and Audax TextielMuseum Tilburg, The Netherlands.


Esther Zahn

Esther is a Berlin-based Fashion and E-Textile Designer. She gained an extensive experience in the area of FashionTech over the course of past years. For instance, she developed textile sensors to integrate and control music in garments. Moreover, she created garments with interwoven LED lights and textiles which glow in the dark or change their color when exposed to light or temperature. Her work was internationally acclaimed through exhibitions with the Goethe-Institute. Due to her specialization in the area of digital transformation of textiles and fashion, she was hired by renowned companies such as Siemens. The prestigious Bauhaus Dessau cooperated with Esther to develop a performance concept based on wireless communication. In 2016 Esther was honored for her achievements in innovation by the Association of German Engineers (VDI).


Konstantin Laschkow

Konstantin is a Fashion Designer with a distinct focus on jacquard knitting techniques. He graduated from Weißensee Academy of Arts Berlin in 2013. Together with his fellow designer Laura Krauthausen he founded the Berlin-based knitwear label CASE STUDIES in 2014, with a focus on exploring innovative knits for clothing. With the support of the DesignFarm he is aiming to push the computer-aided production technology beyond clothing to apply their signature style to new spatial applications. Different yarn characteristics will be combined to transfer the visual effects onto a tactile level to create material innovations, resulting in textiles with unexpected characteristics. CASE STUDIES are aiming to define a new approach to digital crafts, uniting digital influences with manufactural processes and to maintain local production and traditional knowledge in the knitting field.


Johannes Grune

Johannes Johannes Grune is a Furniture and Interior Designer based in Berlin. Having first trained and worked as master carpenter, he later studied product design at the Berlin Weißensee Academy of Arts and furniture design at the Royal Danish School of Architecture Copenhagen, therefore his skillset comprises both craftsmanship and design. After graduating in 2012 Johannes Grune was employed as an interior designer and managed various residential as well as retail space projects for JBW Interiors. Since 2014 he has been setting up his own design studio and furniture prototyping workshop in Berlin. Most recently he completed a long-term project in collaboration with Helmut Staubach Design that resulted in a collection of Ming-inspired furniture that refines traditional joinery and combines it with the possibilities of digital fabrication. In 2017 he founded the furniture brand OSW Møbel together with Product Designer Oleg Pugachev.

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Oleg Pugachev

Oleg Pugachev is a Product Designer based in Berlin. Before graduating from the Weißensee School of Art in 2013, he gained professional experience during a long-term internship at the internationally active design agency Studio 7.5, followed by freelance work for several companies including the architectural office Sauerbruch Hutton and the design studio Form-fjord. The main focus of his practice lies in the field of furniture and lighting design, for which he received several awards and recognition (Becker Contest, Design Plus Award, IFDA Asahikawa). In 2017 he founded the furniture brand OSW Møbel together with Product Designer Johannes Grune.

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Coordination & Organisation

Anastasia Zagorni

Anastasia is coordinating all activities at DesignFarmBerlin.

Until recently, Anastasia was acting as an Innovation Manager at the Fraunhofer Institute of Organic Electronics, Electron Beam and Plasma Technology. In her work she is particularly focusing on creating the right environment, including collaborators and finance, to make innovative ideas flourish.

With her background (MBA) and experience in applied research she is now supporting design-in-tech teams in strategy development.

Anouk Hoffmeister

Anouk is currently accomplishing her PhD with focus on Interaction Design at Humboldt University of Berlin / Cluster of Excellence.  At DesignFarm she bridges the worlds between design-in-Tech research and entrepreneurship. Through her research, she created annotation software that allows a seamless and synchronized integration of physical and digital objects for visualization  and recording of the entire knowledge process.


Prof. Carola Zwick

Carola is a Professor of Product Design, an initiator of DesignFarmBerlin and a passionate entrepreneur. In her work Carola especially focuses on Interaction Design und User Experience Design.

Through her career she has been coaching alumni in three different universities  (alumni now working with Apple, BCG, Audi, Frog, Spotify, Yahoo, Here, MyKita, SAP, Walmart). She is a co-founder of a internationally acting  design agency Studio 7.5 Berlin. Apart from that, Carola is also a Principal Investigator at the Cluster of ImageKnowledgeGestaltung at the Humboldt Universität zu Berlin.

She is currently mentoring the project:

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Prof. Dr. Olaf Bach

Olaf is a visiting Professor of Business Economics at the Weißensee Kunsthochschule Berlin and an initiator of DesignFarm. His teaching and research focuses on creative entrepreneurship, design thinking and business design as well as the strategies, institutions and socioeconomic processes in creative industries. Lecturing management and organization design at the University of St. Gallen and with a background as project manager of a leading global strategy consulting firm he gained an extensive experience in consulting and coaching start-up teams. Olaf is an initiator of the «Art Business Coaching» at the Academy Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart.

He is now mentoring:

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Prof. Dr. Jörg Petruschat

Jörg is a Professor of Theory and History of Design with  focus on „practice-based research“.

Earlier, he acted as a Professor of Design in Dresden focusing on design-driven research and business collaborations as well as effective product design. In 2005 he initiated and managed the Institute for Innovation and Design at the Center of Applied Research and Technology (e.V.) with the aim to transfer design to small and medium businesses.

Jörg is now mentoring:


Prof. Christiane Sauer

Since 2013 Christiane Sauer has been a Professor of  Textile and Surface Design with focus on Material and Concept. Earlier, she has been involved in education, research and consulting in the area of material development for architecture and design. Christiane is currently running her own agency in architecture Formade – Agency for Material and Architecture. Additionally, Christiane is a member of smart3 Consortium for Development of New Products with Smart Materials and a co-founder of the design marketing platform – Architonic.

Christiane is mentoring:


Prof. Dr. Zane Berzina

Since 2008 Zane Bernina has been a Professor of Textile and Surface Design with focus on conceptual development of materials and surfaces. In the past, she was involved in various interdisciplinary research projects related to various aspects of design, technology, natural sciences and society.  Zane also acted as a lecturer and researcher in the area of Soft Technologies and Smart Textiles. She is a co-founder of two research platforms: eLab – Laboratory for Interactive Technologies and  greenlab – Laboratory for Sustainable Design Strategies. Apart from that, Zane is a member and a principle Investigator of the Research Consortium  smart3 I materials, solutions, growth for the Development of New Products with Smart Materials.

Zane is now mentoring:

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