ABOUT

Thalea is a multidisciplinary designer with focus on product development, furniture & interiordesign, currently based in Berlin. After studying in the Master Degree „Rum, Møble og Objet“ at Det Kongelige Danske Kunstakademis Skoler for Arkitektur, Design og Konservering she graduated in December 2020 in „Product, Material & Experiment“ at Kunsthochschule Berlin Weißensee.

In Feburary 2017, she finished her Bachelor studies at Münster School of Design with honours. As the Design education in Münster is interdisciplinary, she is trained in the field of productdesign and beyond: CAD (Rhino, SolidWorks, Sketch-Up, Fusion, KeyShot), photography, colours, textiles, woodwork & grafik. She therefor has worked with a huge variety of materials and techniques. Working for Studio Aisslinger, Studio Besau-Marguerre and Studio modiste as Design Assistent she trained also as an interiordesigner and stylist for clients like Vitra, Artek and Authentics.

2020, with her product „Fold“ she has been exhibiting as nominee for the PURE TALENT CONTEST at imm cologne.

2016, she was selected as „Design Talent of the Year 2016“ by A&W Magazine and KALDEWEI.

2015, was nominated for the German Design Award Newcomer 2016 and was awarded with the »costumer prize« of Bolia Design Award 2015.

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CV

05/2020 – today
Product Designer and Production Planner at Holzconnection
Berlin, Germany

09/2017 – 11/2020
Master Degree, Product, Material & Experiment, KHB Weißensee
Berlin, Germany

06/2018 – 03/2021
Tutor at Greenlab Kunsthochschule Berlin Weißensee
Berlin, Germany

01/2019 – 05/2020
Master Degree, Rum, Møble og Objet, Det Kongelige Danske Kunstakademis Skoler for Arkitektur, Design og Konservering
Copenhagen, Denmark

04/2018 – 10/2018
Designassistent at Studio modiste
Berlin, Germany

02/2017 – 02/2018
Design Assistent, Studio Besau-Marguerre
Hamburg, Germany

07/2016 – 11/2016
Trainee and Freelancer, Aisslinger Studio
Berlin, Germany

03/2016 – 02/2017
Tutor of Prof. Torsten Wittenberg, Münster School of Design
Münster, Germany

09/2014 – 02/2017
Tutor Bookbinding, Münster School of Design
Münster, Germany

03/2013 – 02/2017
Bachelor Degree, Münster School of Design,
product design, communication design & photography
Münster, Germany

03/2015 – 07/2015
Exchange Year at Politecnico Di Milano
Milan, Italy

02/2014 – 09/2014
Academic Assistent at the Academic Libary of Design
Münster, Germany

09/2012 – 12/2012
Internship Architecture, Architekturbüro Kröger-Daniels
Cologne, Germany

04/2012 – 09/2012
Preparatory classes in art and design at Alanus Hochschule
Alfter, Germany

01/2010 – 07/2010
Exchange student at Maroochydore State High School
Maroochydore, Australia

08/2004 – 06/2012
Secondary School
Bonn, Germany

09/1992
born in Bonn, Germany

AWARDS

01/2020
PURE TALENT CONTEST – nominee
Project: »FOLD«

03/2018
Münster School of Design
Hochschulpreis 2018

02/2017
ein-und-zwanzig – shortlist
Project: »KH1«

01/2017
Münster School of Design
„Best-of-Best“ graduation 2017

02/2016
A&W Young Designtalents of the Year
Project: »Remind me«

01/2016
HELLA Design Competition »Licht erlebbar machen«, Winner
Project: »Univers«
Selected for »light and building 2016«: »Univers« and »Sphere«

07/2015
German Design Award 2016, Nominee
Project: »Remind me«, Category: Excellent Product Design

06/2015
BOLIA Design Award, Customer Price
Project: »Remind me«

02/2015
Sparda Bank Design Competition »DING/DONG«, Winner
Project: »Remind me«

SCHOLARSHIPS

12/2020
Rotary Club Kloster Zinna, Microscholarschip Material
Brandenburg, Germany

02/2015 – 05/2020
Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, Study Scholarship
Bonn, Germany

09/2016–02/2017
IKEA Stiftung, Financial support of Bachelorprojects
Berlin, Germany

07/2015– 08/2015
Fulbright Program, Scholar for the Summer Institute at UNCG
North Carolina, USA

EXIBITIONS

01/2020 – 01/2020
»Pure Talent Contest«, IMM Cologne
Project »FOLD«, Cologne, Germany

05/2019 – 10/2019
»tabletalks Tischgespräche«, Staatliche Kunstsammlung Dresden
Project »Hidden Glories«, Pillnitz, Germany

04/2016
»Fouri Salone« A&W Designtalents Award Exibition
Project: »Remind me«, Milan, Italy

03/2016
»light and building« Frankfurt
Projects: »Univers« and »Sphere«, Frankfurt, Germany

03/2016
Tradefare »Internationale Eisenwarenmesse Köln«
Projects: »Drehraus« and »Kompagnon«, Cologne, Germany

04/2015 – 05/2015
»DING/DONG – A thing with two functions«
Sparda Bank Design Exibition, Project »Remind Me«, Münster, Germany