Photo: Veronika Becker

Studio Matthias Ries has been established in 2006 and since then has worked in various design disciplines, has received multiple design awards and has been published in numerous magazines. A strong network of freelance partners enables Matthias to find the best fitting solution for the individual needs of his clients. In the past few years he has been concentrating a bit more towards the theoretical aspects of design and social sciences and has been working as a lecturer and visiting professor at different design schools. Due to this broad experience across disciplines Matthias also works as an external consultant or moderator of internal processes and strategies. Being a one-man-band is a huge advantage, as there are no strings attached and a flexible yet personal partnership can be achieved much easier. Adding research based work to the process strengthens his clients to be more sustainable, weather proof and lasting on the long run; Matthias is not looking for short term solutions and unsteady trends.

since 2019Professor of product design at the HAWK - University of Applied Sciences and Art Hildesheim/Holzminden/Göttingen
2019Launch of Albin Ludwig Richard |
2019Visiting scholar at the Parsons School of Design in New York City (April–September)
2019Fulbright scholarship – doctoral program
2017/2018Lecturer at the Mainz Academy of Arts in the design theory department
2017Visiting Professor of industrial design at the Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design Halle
20156 months research and documentary film trip throughout the USA | The Archive Issue
2012-2014Visiting Professor of product design at the Detmold School of Architecture and Interior Design
2013Renaming to Studio Matthias Ries
2013Lecturer of theory & design at the School of Form | Poznań, Poland
2012Launch of moreConsumption |
2010Renaming to MRID (Matthias Ries Industrial Design)
2008Relocating to Berlin
2008Diploma in product design at the University of Art and Design Karlsruhe, Germany
2007Launch of MRDO products
2006/2007Studies at the Università Iuav
di Venezia, Italy (
Prof. Paolo Lomazzi
Prof. Maja Bajevic
2006Starting the Matthias Ries Design Office (MRDO)
2005Internship with TODA, New York (
2004Internship with Stephen Burks, New York (
2003Internship with Luigi Colani (
2001-2008Studies of product design at the University of Art and Design Karlsruhe, Germany (
Prof. Stefan Diez (
Prof. Hansjerg Maier-Aichen
Prof. Werner Aisslinger (
Prof. Volker Albus
Prof. Peter Sloterdijk
Prof. Boris Groys
Prof. Ulay (Uwe Laysiepen)
Prof. Wolfgang Ullrich
2000/2001Studies of business-engineering at TH Karlsruhe (
1979Born in Würzburg, Germany
Workshops attended:Front Design, 2008 (
Emmanuele Villani, 2006 (
Constantin Boym, 2005 (
Marti Guixé, 2004 (
Adam+Harborth, 2003 (
Ed Anink, 2003 (
Matali Crasset, 2002 (