Nordic temperament meets Mediterranean culture. The Milanese design Studio Lorenz+Kaz, was founded in 2001 by Catharina Lorenz and Steffen Kaz, both German designers living and working in Italy since the mid Nineties. What characterises their creativity is their sustained quest for perfection and a hybrid “nordic- italian” imprint of their designs; aware of its origins and always willing to transform and evolve into something new and innovative. The international multidisciplinary team is working in the fields of furniture design, industrial design, exhibition and interior design, brand installations and graphic design with a special focus on art direction. Renowned firms and brands like De Padova, Alcantara, Karl Küfner, DuPont™ Corian®, General Motors, Colé and Rossin have all confided in the skills and creativity of Lorenz+Kaz. Furthermore, the designers’ projects are part of the collections of companies like Zeitraum, OmniDecor®, Antonio Lupi, Sitap and Bedont. Beyond these prestigious collaborations, Catharina Lorenz and Steffen Kaz are designing, producing and commercialising their own Lorenz+Kaz branded collection.
Catharina Lorenz born in Munich, Germany, studied industrial design at the Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences where she graduates in 1991. After working in different international Design studios as Hollington Associates in London and Via 4 Design in Germany, she moves to Italy in 1995 and works with Sottsass Associati in Milan until 1999.
Steffen Kaz born in Stuttgart, Germany, studied industrial design at the Academy of Art in Hamburg and completed his studies with a Master Degree in Furniture Design at the Royal College of Art in London. After his graduation he moves to New York, working for the media company DMA and various other design studios. Back in Europe in 1998, he starts working for James Irvine in Milan, where he stays until autumn 2001. Since Spring 2003 he is Professor a.c. at the University of Bolzano, teaching at the Faculty of Art and Design and giving workshops at various international Universities.
Their work received several international awards including the Red Dot Best of Best Design Award, Germany, Chicago Athenaeum Good Design Award USA, German Design Award Special Mention and furthermore their work is part of prestigious international exhibitions.