Hans Maier-Aichen studied painting and sculpture in Germany, France and in the USA. Two renowned fine art awards Villa-Romana and Villa Massimo, allowed him to live in Florence and Rome from 1972 to 1974. In 1983 he founded the design label Authentics. He is a member of the steering committee of the German Design Council, a visiting professor at Saint Martins College of Art & Design, University of the Arts in London and professor of Product Design at the Staatliche Hochschule für Gestaltung Karlsruhe. In addition to his other publications he was a member of the advisory committee and co-curator for the publication of Spoon, 100 international designers, by Phaidon Press.
In the last years he has curated various exhibitions such as “Lapse in time” for the EXD’09 Bienniale in Lisbon and with the Annual Design Festival in Lodz/Poland. Hans Maier-Aichen established regular workshops and lectures with Chinese design schools. In 2008 he became a visiting professor at the China Academy of Arts in Hangzhou/China.
In 2009 he published a book about young emerging designers, New Talents – State of the Arts with avedition, Stuttgart which became a landmark and reference book for border-crossing design activities. The Danish textile company Kvadrat invited him to be co-curator of Hallingdal 65 project, challenging emerging designers from Europe, Asia and the USA, which will be inaugurated in Milano in 2012.
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