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Thomas Feichtner is a professor for product design at the Muthesius Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Germany. He lives and works in Vienna. After attending school in Düsseldorf, Germany, he earned a degree at the University of Art and Industrial Design in Linz, Austria, Feichtner initially designed industrial goods and numerous products for the Austrian sports industry. He also worked in the area of visual communications for the likes of Swarovski Optik, Adidas Eyewear, and the British-Israeli designer Ron Arad.
His later work focused on artistic aspects and took a more experimental approach. In search of an independent mode of operation that went beyond globalization and mass production, he designed products for such traditional crafters as Lobmeyr, Neue Wiener Werkstätte, Wiener Silber Manufactur, Augarten Porzellan, and Stamm, and realized freelance projects in cooperation with Vitra and FSB. He has exhibited internationally at the Triennale di Milano, the National Gallery in Prague, the Biennial of Industrial Design in Ljubljana, the Design Center Stuttgart, Gansevoort Gallery in New York, Design Week in Tokyo, and the Museum for Applied Arts (MAK) in Vienna.