Gerhardt Kellermann worked for designers like Sam Hecht,
Nitzan Cohen or Herbert H. Schultes while still a student at
the Stuttgart State Academy of Art and Design. After his
graduation, he acted as an assistant to Nitzan Cohen for three
years. Today he runs his own studio in Munich, focusing on
industrial design and photography. Late 2012 Ana Relvão,
Gerhardt Kellermann and Herbert H. Schultes founded the
collaborative Industrial Design Associates.
He is invited teacher at the State Academy of Fine Arts and
Stuttgart, Academy for Fine Arts Saarbrücken
as well at the Academy for Fine Arts Braunschweig.
Clients are amongst others:
Form - The Making of Design
Spex - Magazin für Popkultur
Süddeutsche Zeitung Magazin
INTERVIEW SATTELITE VOICES BY SWATCH / DAZED AND CONFUSED
Gerhardt Kellermann is the photographer and industrial designer whose works have just
the right marriage of soft and tough elements... with Satellite Voices he talks about the
cosmos of culture.
What was the first thing you ever made?
I find it hard to commit myself to a project or anything else I am working on. Lots of projects
are the first thing I ever made in a certain way. It can be product, a photograph, a book or a short film.
The most exciting and fascinating thing is to face new projects and challenges, things you have never
What’s your dream project?
There are many projects I would enjoy to work on but I cannot say that there is one particular project
I 'dream' of. The most important thing for me is to work with a company, brand, partner or magazine
that has a certain esteem, respect and understanding for my way of working.
What do you wish you had written / created?
I don't think it's productive to wish or yearn for things that already exist. The goal is to find and
observe things that inspire you. It's about combining what already exists to create something new.
Who’s work / art / music would you recommend on checking out?
For sure, Ayzit Bostan. Her work spans many disciplines; from clothing and installation to music
and film. Her style is uniquely sensual yet sharp and clear. It is for this reason that I am glad to wear
her clothing and accessories. I am constantly amazed by how many people ask me about my clothes
when I wear Ayzit Bostan. On a few occasions I was actually fortunate enough to participate in
a few of her projects. It is always very inspiring and a lot of fun to work with her. I would also
recommend the work of Guy Bourdin. I am fascinated by his photography as well as his person.
How do you describe your work?
My body of work is hard to describe and define because of its diversity. Most people who I deal
with know me as a photographer but mainly I work as a industrial designer (a strange thing considering
my thesis was not product, it was a book). In the past I worked as a freelancer on a few architectural
projects but currently I am working on a multi-disciplinary installation that I can't talk about yet.
Alongside this I prepare my teaching lessions for the State Academy of fine Arts and Design in Stuttgart.
I think that Art, Design, Fashion, Music, Culture, Film and Photography is a big cosmos, influenced
by each other in which the results becomes exiting by crossing boarders. I am glad to have the
opportunity to participate in the exchange.