To Jochen Schmiddem, design is a calling. Not a job but a living passion.
It is the small things to him, that turn a product into an experience. To Schmiddem, each product in its shape and concept is unique, just like every business is unique. Design by Schmiddem is one of a kind, that is specifically tailored to our customers and optimally supports him. We at Schmiddem provide design that is 100% aligned with the demands and goals of the customer.
Jochen Schmiddem completed a training as a carpenter. He studied painting & sculpture before he started his studies in product design at Haspel in Wuppertal, completing it in 1992. He already worked on numerous orders during his study period. He is represented internationally with his paintings and has presented his work in Tokyo among other places. In 1992, Schmiddem received an offer by Phoenix Design. 6 years of highly interesting design processes followed.
In 1997, Schmiddem established his office in Berlin.
Later, he then followed the “call” by the design legend Hartmut Esslinger in California, the founder of the legendary design forge with the appeal to join “frogdesign”. A long, humorous talk and an unparalleled offer followed. Yet Schmiddem remained true to his motto: “Only if it says Schmiddem on the label, does it really contain Schmiddem”. In the following years he expanded his studio in Berlin into one of the most successful offices in the world.