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The Drum’s Designer of the Week – Moritz Waldemeyer


By Natalie Mortimer, N/A

February 13, 2015 | 3 min read

From high-tech light studded costumes for and Rihanna, to a snowflake sculpture in Time Square shopping centre, Seoul, German designer Moritz Waldemeyer has the innate ability to turn his hand from fashion and furniture design to the world of music and performance with ease.

The trained engineer, who completed a Master’s degree in the subject at Kings College in 2001, made his debut in the design world with an interactive chandelier for Swarovski and Ron Arad in 2004.

"Moving into the design industry was more of a natural progression than a single decision. Almost like a gravitational pull," says Waldemeyer. "I started out as a research scientist at Philips, then worked as a technical design consultant on some Swarovski projects and with time I did more and more of my own design projects."

He gradually shifted from early collaborative work with designers including Hussein Chalayan to focus on his own bespoke design work at the eponymous Studio Waldemeyer, and from this week until 20 February, Waldemeyer’s experimental Easter egg LED design, which last year featured in the Metropolitan Hotel London, will be on show at pop-up technology festival Future15.

The new, two-week showcase event, which was created to demonstrate how the power of interactive technology is revolutionising the way brands, consumers and businesses interact, is the brainchild of design studio, Studio Output and brand experience agency Engage.

Waldemeyer’s egg installation is based on a parametric 3D design and combines structural components with circuit boards, mixing their function in the design. Structural components form part of the circuit and the circuit boards become part of the structure, therefore eliminating the need for wires to power the nearly 400 LED lights in the design.

For inspiration for his projects, Waldemeyer says it often images that he comes across on social media that catch his eye.

"We live in a connected world that puts you in constant touch with creativity around the globe. If you curate your Facebook feed or Instagram in the right way, it just takes a flick of your thumb and you'll be presented with the most extraordinary work, the quality of which seems to be ever increasing.

"Passionate people share amazing things, and while waiting for the espresso in the morning you are already in creative mode."

So what next for the designer? Well, reinforcing his ability to move from futuristic installations to furniture design, a series of contemporary chairs designed by Waldemeyer will be displayed at Chatsworth House as part of its Make Yourself Comfortable exhibition from March, with the aim of bringing to light new stories about the interior and historic collection at the stately home in Derbyshire.

In additon the first piece of Waldemeyer's parametric electronic experiments is due to be shown at Parisian art centre Elephant Paname in early March.

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