Bernd Benninghoff is an interior architect and furniture designer. Having worked together with Karsten Weigel in Hamburg for many years, he moved to Wellington, New Zealand, in 2004, where he still lives and works today. He is a lecturer at the Victoria University School of Design and he continues developing furniture and working as an interior architect for customers in New Zealand and Europe.
“The basis of any design development for me is always a perhaps simple, but nonetheless strong, relevant idea. Concerning my products and spacial concepts, my primary concern is to contribute to the physical and emotional well-being of users. In doing so, function is very important. However, design needs be more than simply meaning that it functions well – it also needs to attract the senses and should have its own identity. I regard one of the main focuses of my work to be the designed and constructive combination of product and context. In my opinion, furniture and its surrounding space are in a close relation with each other and need to be seen in a holistic manner. Form language, solutions in details, aesthetics of the material, and proportions reciprocally determine each other.