the Farmers


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 an Interaction Designer with a background in Product Design. He has a great sense for generating crazy ideas and turning them into reality as well as 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 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 with a focus on user-centered design. 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 international 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).


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.

Georg Klöck

Georg is a student at Weißensee and currently a tutor at DesignFarm.


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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