After achieving a B.SC. in Mechanical Engineering in England, Carsten Astheimer studied transportation design in Switzerland and the US. He subsequently managed multiple automotive and design projects with Pininfarina before creating the Astheimer studio in Warwick. Carsten directs a team with a wealth of experience from ranging from luxury yachts to premium furniture. As furniture designers, Astheimer studio have created award winning furniture pieces for a number of well-known premium brands and recently won the ‘Design Excellence’ award at the international casual furnishing awards in Chicago.
Gitta Gschwendtner moved to London in the early nineties to study design at Central Saint Martins, Kingston University and the Royal College of Art. Following graduation from the RCA furniture MA in 1998 she set up her independent design studio for furniture, interior design, exhibition design and public art projects for cultural, arts and corporate clients. Gitta Gschwendtner’s studio focuses on conceptually rigorous, visually intriguing, functional designs across several disciplines.
Katie studied an MA in Furniture Design at the Royal College of Art, London where she nurtured her characteristic combination of a simple and pared-back elegance that uses traditional techniques in a modern way. In 2014 her work came to international attention after designing and crafting HRH Prince George's high chair. Katie has an uncompromising commitment to quality, a rigorous approach to the process of design and is passionate about keeping the industry alive. All pieces are hand made in the UK using only the finest quality materials.
Dave Green trained at Rycotewood College in Design and Fine Furniture. Dave's expertise in the art of chair-making is well recogised in the industry, as is his knowledge of traditional variations on the Windsor chair. More recently he has designed a very successful range of modern windsors, as well as winning Design Guild Marks from the Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers.
Chris Eckersley is an artist and designer from Birmingham who originally studied Sculpture at Gloucestershire College of Art, and subsequently Design at Central Saint Martins where he became a Visiting Tutor. His work is centred on drawing, but also covers three-dimensional design and object-making, design and craft research, colour theory, sculpture, installation, and designs for furniture. Chris is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and a Fellow of the Learned Society of Extra Ordinary Objects.
Tim graduated with a 1st Class Honours Degree in transportation design at Northumbria University. Initially gaining experience at Pininfarina, then in the luxury yacht sector with Sealine. Tim joined Astheimer in 2010 as lead designer, he has a key creative role in taking projects from concept through to production. His real passion and talent is surface form and development. This is reflected in the first new product developed for the British Design Shop called ‘Form’. As a keen drummer, he’s happiest tapping the desk along to the music in the studio. However, when not busy creating beautiful objects, Tim can be found out cycling and, as is the Irish way, stopping off for the odd pint of the 'black stuff' on the way home.