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Designer Spotlight

Kurt Merki Jr.

Interior Designer/Architect, Master Carpenter, Product Designer

Kurt Merki Jr. is a renowned designer with a rich multicultural background, born in Accra, Ghana, in 1978. Growing up between Switzerland and Ghana, Kurt’s upbringing was deeply influenced by his Swiss master carpenter father and Ghanaian fashion designer mother. His journey into the world of design began in his father’s furniture factory, where he learned the intricacies of woodworking from a young age.

After completing his master craftsman’s exam in Switzerland, Kurt honed his skills further by working as an interior designer for several architectural firms in Zurich. Seeking to deepen his design knowledge, he pursued a master’s degree in interior and product design at the Scuola Politecnica di Design in Milan. This experience laid the foundation for his subsequent career in design.

In 2010, Kurt returned to Zurich and established his own design studio, where he has since built a distinguished reputation for his innovative and award-winning designs. Over the years, he has garnered extensive experience across various domains, including product design, retail, and architecture.

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Kurt Merki Jr.’s design philosophy is rooted in a deep appreciation for craftsmanship, functionality, and aesthetic elegance. Drawing inspiration from his multicultural upbringing and diverse experiences, Kurt believes in creating designs that seamlessly blend form and function, while also reflecting the unique cultural context of each project.

Central to his philosophy is the belief in the power of design to enhance people’s lives and experiences. Whether designing bathroom furniture collections, retail spaces, or architectural landmarks, Kurt strives to create environments that not only meet practical needs but also evoke emotion, spark inspiration, and elevate the human spirit.

Moreover, Kurt is committed to sustainability and ethical practices in design, incorporating eco-friendly materials and processes wherever possible. He believes that responsible design is not only essential for preserving the planet but also for creating spaces that resonate with modern sensibilities and values.

Through his dedication to craftsmanship, innovation, and cultural sensitivity, Kurt Merki Jr. continues to push the boundaries of design excellence, leaving a lasting impact on the world of design and enriching the lives of those who interact with his creations.

Awards and Recognitions

  1. iF Design Award and Red Dot Award (2019) for the XSquare bathroom furniture series designed for Duravit.

  2. Red Dot Award – Best of the Best, Iconic Award, and iF Product Design Award for the Vero bathroom furniture series.

  3. Swiss Location Award (2021) for the House of Läderach, which includes the headquarters of Läderach Chocolatier Suisse, a chocolate museum, and a coffee shop.

  4. Recognition for the design of several private houses in Switzerland and Ghana.

  5. Contribution to the brand development and design of the perfume “Scent of Africa,” launched worldwide in March 2022.

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