Martin Ballendat was born in Bochum in 1958 and gained a degree in industrial design from the Folkwang Design School, part of Essen University, in 1983. He has been a successful designer for more than 20 years.
After working for more than 10 years in leading positions in the furniture industry, he expanded his design studio as an independent designer, today employing some 12 people at two locations in Austria and Germany. He has been working in projects for renowned brands in 12 different countries (e.g. Germany, Austria, Italy, the UK, the Netherlands, Switzerland and the U.S.).
“Design Ballendat” has won more than 70 design prizes and awards, including:
Best of Neocon, Chicago
Red Dot, Essen
iF Design Award, Hanover
“Best of the Best”, Cologne trade fair
Focus-Gold LGA, Stuttgart
as well as prizes in Italy, Japan, the UK and the Netherlands.
For the past more than 10 years, Martin Ballendat has lectured as a visiting professor at the Design faculties of the Graz and Salzburg (Austria) universities of applied sciences.
His office and studio are located in a completely renovated Art Nouveau mansion near the Austrian border, featuring its own CAD studio, model workshop and showroom.