Designer of the Year 2008
Following on from Alain Berteau in 2006 and Nedda El-Asmar in 2007, the editors of Weekend Knack and Weekend Le Vif L'Express have joined with Stichting Interieur to select their third Designer of the Year, the 40-year old Antverpian Stefan Schöning. 2008 is being a particularly busy year for him since.
Just like Alain Berteau in 2006, he's being given the opportunity to put on an exclusive exhebition during the biennal design fair, Interieur '08 at Kortrijk, Belgium.
Stefan Schöning was born in Antwerp, Belgium in 1968 and studied at the Henry van de Velde Institute in Antwerp. Since 1994 he works for clients in Belgium, The Netherlands, Italy, Germany and the USA. in 2001 he created the design label Polyline bringing more personal work.
His work featured in exhibitions at the National Design Museum (New York), Nike Design Library (Oregon), Colette (Paris), Salone Satellite (Milan), Armani Teatro/Wallpaper* (Milan), Museum of Design (Zürich), Biennial of Industrial Design (Ljubljana), Design Korea (Seoul), Interieur’06 (Kortrijk), Design Museum (Ghent), Design Flanders Gallery (Brussels), the Royal Museums of Art and History (Brussels), Le Grand-Hornu etc.
He has won several awards and competitions, such as iF product design award, reddot design award, Henry van de Velde Label, laureate ‘supports for traffic lights’ (Flemish Government), laureate ‘corporate identity’ (Belgian railways), etc.
‘diversity feeds creativity’ in search of developing his identity, stefan schöning works in a lot of different fields with a variety of products and materials. Toys, lighting, furniture, kitchenware, consumer products, public design, all of these industries require a different approach and gather a knowledge which is exchangeable.
This approach has led to creating designs which go further than standard production. every design case can lead to applying new technologies and materials in order to sharpen the appearance of the design’s identity. Elimination is an important guide during this design process.