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Glen Oliver Löw

Glen Oliver Löw, Professor of product design

Glen Oliver Löw (*1959 in Leverkusen) initially studied Industrial Design at the Universität GH Wuppertal. After completing his degree, he completed a Master degree in 1986 at the Domus Academy in Milan. From 1987 to 2000, he collaborated with Antonio Citterio, acting as partner in his studio – Antonio Citterio & Partner – from 1990 onwards. During this collaboration, he developed a number of products for companies such as Ansorg, Flos, Hackman, Iittala, Kartell, Maxdata, Vitra and Vitrashop.

He has been a professor at the HFBK Hamburg since 2000, also operating his own design studio. His work focuses on the design and development of global products for serial production. His clients include firms such as Steelcase and Thonet.
Glen Oliver Löw has received a number of design prizes and awards for his products, including theCompasso d'Oro for theMobil Kartell product range. The Battista folding tables and the Mobil container are included in the permanent exhibition at the MoMA New York. The Think Chair for Steelcase was awarded the iF Design Award and the Red Dot Award in 2005, and the IDEA Gold Award in 2006.

Semestereröffnung und Hiscox-Preisverleihung 2020

We cordially invite you to the opening of the academic year 2020/21 as well as to the presentation of the Hiscox Art Prize on November 4 from 6 p.m. via livestream - offline with enough distance and yet together online.

Art defies Corona: Graduate Show 2020

With a two-month delay, the Graduate Show took place this year on the 19 and 20 September. More than 140 students showed their artistic graduation projects, from painting to sound installation.

Teaching Art Online at the HFBK

How the university brings together its artistic interdisciplinary study structure with digital formats and their possibilities.

New articles at rhizome.hfbk.net

rhizome.hfbk.net is the social network of the HFBK. It opens a digital forum for exchange and discussion in which students, teachers, guest authors, art critics and the interested public provide a wide range of content and perspectives.

HFBK Graduate Survey

Studying art - and what comes next? The clichéd images stand their ground: Those who have studied art either become taxi drivers, work in a bar or marry rich. But only very few people could really live from art – especially in times of global crises. The HFBK Hamburg wanted to know more about this and commissioned the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences at the University of Hamburg to conduct a broad-based survey of its graduates from the last 15 years.

How political is Social Design?

Social Design, as its own claim is often formulated, wants to address social grievances and ideally change them. Therefore, it sees itself as critical of society – and at the same time optimizes the existing. So what is the political dimension of Social Design – is it a motor for change or does it contribute to stabilizing and normalizing existing injustices?

Annual Exhibition 2020 at the HFBK

The HFBK’s traditional annual exhibition („Jahresausstellung“) opens in February every year. For three days the students – from first-years to post-graduates – present a broad spectrum of their current work and projects from all the different departments. All classrooms, studios and halls in the building are used. Interested visitors are cordially invited to gain an impression of the art currently being created at the HFBK.