NUDE comprises the two interior designers Marie Christen and Kathrin Mielke, born 1985 and 1986 respectively. They met while both studying Interior Space and Design at the Hamburg Academy of Fashion & Design (AMD) and founded their joint studio, NUDE, in 2011. Their work follows a philosophy of “strikingly inconspicuous”, creating sculptural ensembles that rely on austere aesthetics, clear lines and minimalist shapes and colour palettes. The designers joined forces with student colleagues to create their sculptural installation “Zukunftsblicke” (Views of the Future), which won the first Fine Art Award to be presented by the Hamburg Deichtorhallen gallery in 2012. In addition to interior design, visual communication and styling, a focus of their work is medical interior design. NUDE has completed projects throughout the world at locations including New York, Paris and Santiago de Chile.
Julia Kaiser, born in 1987, studied Interior Space and Design at the Hamburg Academy of Fashion & Design (AMD), where she worked with Hamburg-based NUDE Studio and Johanna Nüsch to develop the project “Zukunftsblicke” (Views of the Future). In 2012 the installation won the first Fine Art Award to be presented by the Hamburg Deichtorhallen gallery. Julia Kaiser took a Master’s degree in Design at the Hamburg University of Fine Arts under Professor Ralph Sommer, completing her Master’s thesis on the subject of “Vergessene Kulturtechniken der vorindustriellen Subsistenzwirtschaft” (Forgotten Cultural Techniques in Pre-Industrialized Subsistence Economies) and developing a storage container for foods named a “Glosch”, which functions on the basis of evaporative cooling and thus requires no electricity. She completed a three-month study period in Eindhoven with Elke van den Berg in the spring of 2015 as part of a graduate scholarship. Julia Kaiser draws inspiration for her work from everyday life, from pre-industrialized culture and from the fine arts. Her most recent focus has been on ceramic works such as the series “Die ersten Zehn” (The First Ten).