Elke Fiebig

Elke Fiebig was born in 1986 in Zwenkau and today lives in Berlin. She studied fashion design at the Weißensee School of Art in Berlin and at Designskolen Kolding, Denmark and concluded her studies in 2013 with a diploma. In 2014 she was a master student of Prof. Clara Leskovar and Prof. Doreen Schulz at the Weißensee School of Art in Berlin and in 2015 she received the Elsa-Neumann scholarship of the city of Berlin for the promotion of new talent in the arts. The fashion designer is a follower of the slow fashion philosophy and in 2014 founded her own label with “STILL garments”.

Elke Fiebig developed and produced a small, concentrated “Capsule Wardrobe”. The elements of the collection can be multiply worn and combined. The fashion designer Elke Fiebig is a follower of the slow fashion philosophy and in her work considers as many aspects as possible to create sustainable fashion which includes social considerations in the manufacturing process, a careful choice of resources, cutting designs to conserve material and the lifecycle of the garments. The collection “wardrobe essentials” is created using a zero-waste cutting process. For this purpose the fashion designer developed printing and textile painting techniques which she implemented with natural colouring pigments.

Carolina Rebelo Schneider

Carolina Rebelo Schneider was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and is now living in Berlin. She studied product design at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and at the Anhalt university of applied sciences in Dessau and completed her studies with a bachelor’s degree in 2010. She then took a master’s degree in industrial and strategic design at the Aalto university in Helsinki, Finland which she concluded in 2015. Carolina Rebelo Schneider has already worked in a number of countries, e.g. at Jacob Jensen Design in Hoejslev, Denmark, at Fullpack in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and as a freelance designer in Helsinki, Finland.

Carolina Rebelo Schneider developed a new type of walking stick with a seat for senior citizens. The use of walking sticks is on the decrease because the target group of senior citizens nowadays mainly use walker frames. The walking sticks currently available on the market often do not meet the emotional requirements of the user and they look old-fashioned and of a medical nature. The walking stick created is therefore a walking stick with a seat which is aesthetically pleasing, does not stigmatise and is an item which is well-liked in the daily routine.

Vera Stassen

Vera Stassen was born in 1986 in Essen, Germany and lives in Krefeld. She completed her apprenticeship to become a goldsmith in Kevelaer and afterwards studied product design at the Niederrhein university of applied sciences in Krefeld and at the Aalto university in Helsinki, Finland. Furthermore, she attended external courses at the Düsseldorf university of applied sciences, the Folkwang university of the arts in Essen and the Cologne International School of Design. Since 2012 Vera Stassen has had a scholarship from the German academic scholarship foundation.

Vera Stassen transformed siliconised coal developed by her into jewellery. This was preceded by a comprehensive study of the material where the jewellery designer examined the joining of the raw material of coal with silicon, a technique which up to now has only been used in industry. The processing makes the coal robust and gives it an aesthetically interesting surface quality. The siliconisation provides the coal with a firm microstructure and the originally breakable and black rock is given the characteristics of a gemstone and can be worn.


Tim Labenda/ Fashion designer

Tim Labenda has trained as a men’s tailor with Hugo Boss and then studied fashion design at the Faculty of Design at Pforzheim University. This was followed by stations with Kenneth Cole in New York and Ute Ploier in Vienna, before the Rhineland-born designer set up his own business in Würzburg. Today he lives in Berlin and Würzburg. Since 2012 he has been creating men’s fashion and was convinced by Vogue editor-in-chief Christiane Arp to design women’s fashion for the Vogue Salon in the ProSieben show “Fashion Hero”. His collections are casual, comfortable and yet refined, functional and fair produced. In 2013, he was placed 2nd in the European Fashion Award “Fash” and was rewarded with the sponsorship prize of the “Wilhelm Lorch Foundation”.

Philipp Eberle/ Jewelry designer

Philipp Eberle studied at the Faculty of Design of Pforzheim University and worked as a jewelery designer in Pforzheim for two years. Since 2009 he lives and works in Paris. He has created his own brand “The lettering”, a timeless letter ring that reminds of the seal rings. In addition, he designs several well-known labels for renowned labels, including Hugo Boss, Kenzo and Swarovski.

Christiane Nicolaus/ Director of the Design Center Baden-Württemberg

Christiane Nicolaus studied product design with focus on industrial design at the University of Kassel. She worked at HEWI Heinrich Wilke GmbH in Bad Arolsen, initially as a member of the creative team, later as head of the innovation department. This was followed by the management of the team industrialdesign at the agency sieger design, Sassenberg, and the activity as a freelance designer. Since July 2011, Christiane Nicolaus is the head of the Design Center Baden-Württemberg.

Alexander Schlag/ Manager of yellow design gmbh in Pforzheim/ Tokyo

Alexander Schlag studied industrial design at the University of Applied Sciences in Darmstadt. After design studies for Sony and design developments for Pfaff, he began as a product designer at yellow design in Pforzheim in 1999 and became an office manager there later. After merging with the Cologne agency in 2002 he became a member of the management team. In 2009 he founded yellow design GmbH Pforzheim/ Tokyo, together with Günter Horntrich. Now Alexander Schlag is managing director and creative director.