Born may 20, 1932 in Wiesbaden, Germany.
1947 he enrolled in architecture at the 'werkkunstschule wiesbaden' for one year, after which he left school and learned the carpenter's trade.
1953, collaborated with Otto Apel's architecture firm for three years.
1955 he got a job as an architect and interior designer for Braun, founded in 1921 by Max Braun, and in 1956 he began to design products for them.
1957 he started to design furniture projects for 'Otto Zapf' (since 1959 'Vitsoe & Zapf', 'Wiese Vitsoe' and since 1995 'sdr+').
1961 he became the head of the product design and development division at â€˜Braun'.
1968 he became the design and production manager, and in the same year he was awarded the title 'royal designer for industry' by London's 'Royal Society of Arts'. In 1978 he won the â€˜Siad medal' by the society of industrial artists and designers, London.
1981 to 1997 he taught at the 'hochschule fuer bildene kuenste' in Hamburg.
1984 he began to collaborate with â€˜De Padova' in Milan, reworking his classic
'universal shelving system 606', to be able to produce it in aluminium.
1988 he became executive director of â€˜Braun', until 1997.
1991 he was awarded doctor honoris causa by the 'Royal College of Arts', London.
1996 he won the 'world design medal' by the Industrial Designer Society of America.
Most of his designs for â€˜Braun' have become part of the permanent collections of many
prestigious international museums, his pieces are at the 'MOMA', New York, the
'werkbund archiv', Berlin, the 'Victoria & Albert museum', London, the 'stedeljik' museum, Amsterdam ..
He has been awarded many prizes, like the 'compasso d'oro' and the 'medaglia d'oro' at the milan triennale, the 'gute form' prize and the 'rosenthal studio preis'.