The German industrial designers Philipp Hermes and Dustin Jessen are children of the Ruhr region. Philipp, born 1984 in Mülheim an der Ruhr, and Dustin, born 1986 in Hattingen, got to know each other in 2006 when they both started to study industrial design at Folkwang University of the Arts in Essen. In 2009 Philipp did an internship at GRO design while Dustin studied at the Design Academy Eindhoven. Back in Germany in 2010 Hermes/Jessen Industrial Design (GbR) was founded as a result of their shared fascination and passion for designing the tools for living. They had already teamed up with the communication designers Simon Deeg and Andreas Picker in 2009 to found the design collective milz. Together they won the d3 schools contest at the imm cologne 2010 for the stand with the best communication concept (Maschinen malen Möbel). Later on that year Hermes/Jessen won the VDID Newcomer Award for the stool DREY. In 2011 Philipp Hermes and Dustin Jessen graduated with honors from Folkwang University of the Arts. Their joint graduation project, the DONALD chair, was developed in cooperation with the plywood manufacturer Becker Brakel and won the 2nd prize of the NWW Design Award 2012. They see DONALD as an exemplary project for their holistic design approach. After graduating they both gained experience during an internship at Studio Eric Degenhardt in Cologne. At present Philipp Hermes is enrolled in the masters course Furniture and Interior Design at Burg Giebichenstein Kunsthochschule in Halle while Dustin Jessen studies Design Products at the Royal College of Art in London and is currently doing an internship at Industrial Facility. Despite the current physical distance they are continuously working as a team on a vast variety of projects with the goal to intensify their collaboration after their graduation in 2014.

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