frank person                                                                    deutsch

lives and practices as industrial designer in Darmstadt.


Born 1963 in Aschaffenburg, Germany, after visiting professional school for glass working in Hadamar, Frank Person studies industrial design at University of Applied Sciences in Darmstadt and Manchester Polytechnic.


After working as an employed Designer at Schwinn Group, manufacturer of furniture fittings, in 1993 he founds Orange Design together with a partner. Orange Design creates outstanding product ranges for clients like Koziol, Leonardo and Blomus and develops numerous public designs for Erlau AG.


In 1999 Frank Person starts his own studio fp.formgebung.


Until today he designs for companies mainly in the field of seating furniture for the private and contract market. His clients include Möller Design, Welonda (P&G), Kusch&Co, Erlau, Nusser, Cairo, Manufactum.


Furthermore he develops product ranges of accessories e.g. for Stiftung Bethel, which are produced in workshops with handicapped employees.


From 2013 until 2016 Frank Person holds a lectureship for design at Akademie für Kommunikation in Baden-Württemberg.


In 2016 Frank person and a partner found the label YRON, which launches products for outdoor areas, their first product is a cast iron grill.


function, long-life, and a sensible use of materials hallmark his designs. Intuition and reduction to the essential to him are not a contradiction but a requirement.


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"When I am working on a problem, I never think about beauty but when I have finished, if the solution is not beautiful, I know it is wrong."


Richard Buckminster Fuller

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"The best friend on earth of man is the tree: When we use the tree respectfully and economically, we have one of the greatest resources of the earth."


Frank Lloyd Wright

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"You may hang your walls with tapestry instead of whitewash or paper; or you may cover them with mosaic; or have them frescoed by a great painter: all this is not luxury, if it be done for beauty's sake, and not for show: it does not break our golden rule: Have nothing in your houses which you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful."


William Morris

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„Der Zweifel an dem was ist und der Zweifel an dem was man denkt und tut, ist das wichtigste Moment schöpferischen Handelns. Progressivität setzt Anzweifeln voraus. Das Entwerfen wird jedoch vielfach als Herstellung von Fraglosigkeiten angesehen. Ulrich Beck spricht in diesem Zusammenhang von „Gewissheitskultur“ und deren verhängnisvoller Rolle. Fraglos ist die Suche nach Gewissheit ein uraltes Phänomen. Aber Gewissheit schließt Zweifel aus und wird so zum Dogma.

Gestaltung soll Wirkung zeigen, aber sie soll sich in ihrer Wirkung zugleich als in sich hergestelltes Problem begreifen. Sie hat die prinzipielle Zweifelhaftigkeit des eigenen Handelns anzuerkennen und ins öffentliche Bewusstsein zu tragen. So gesehen ist Entwerfen von dem eindimensionalen Gedanken der Aufgaben-Lösung zu befreien und statt dessen als immer wieder neue Aufgaben-Schöpfung zu begreifen.“

Bernd Meurer

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