Silvia Knüppel, born 1977 in Hamburg, studied product design at Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design, the prestigious Design Academy in Eindhoven and San Francisco Academy of Art College. Her many visits abroad, including Paris, Rotterdam and Dakar, provided a source of vital experience and impetus for her present work, which has won numerous awards as well as several nominations for the German Design Award. She founded her own design studio in Hamburg in 2008 and regularly lectures at a number of universities and colleges. Silvia Knüppel's work often reveals a tendency towards defamiliarisation; she questions the classic functions ascribed to objects and reinterprets them in unusual ways. Form and material frequently blend into new, meaningful entities presenting the observer with wholly unexpected possibilities for their use and their contemplation.