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designaffairs GmbH, Munich, Germany
Michael Lanz came to designaffairs (formerly design department of Siemens AG) in 1991 after studying product design at Wuppertal University. While there, he worked as an industrial designer in the areas of medical technology, professional equipment, mobile phones and in the advanced design studio. He became a Key Account Manager in 2001, heading up a team of five designers at the same time. Michael took over responsibility for the Color & Design team and the Color & Material Lab in June 2005. In this position, he was responsible for trend research and designing color and material concepts which were later implemented into new generations of products. Michael has been one of the four owners and managing directors of designaffairs GmbH since March 2007. (October 2015)