Martin Postler and Ian Ferguson / POSTLER FERGUSON (UK)

Related Projects: Belgrade Design Week Festival 2011

PostlerFerguson was founded in 2007 by designers Martin Postler and Ian Ferguson. The studio works on products, spaces and design strategy for clients, using its expertise in design and technology to solve problems. Each individual project is researched and viewed in its broadest context to maximize potential. The resulting solutions always combine an immediate sensory appeal with an underlying conceptual nuance.

They work with extensive network of designers, filmmakers, artists and manufacturers to meet their client’s needs. Some of their clients are: BBC Worldwide, British Council, Designa, Ecsite – European Network of Science Centres and Museums, Future Laboratory, Goods of Desire, Loewe, MIT – Massachusesets Institute of Technology, Melanie Georgacopoulos, Me&City, LG, Molekule, Nike, NudeAudio, Puzhen Life Corporation and Victoria & Albert Museum.

The approach is collaborative and multidisciplinary: a small team of in-house professionals with an excellent international network. Experience and knowledge of manufacturing and production allows the whole ecosystem of a product to be managed, from initial concepts, materials and processes to impeccable finish.

Martin Postler studied Industrial Design at the Muthesius Academy of Fine Arts and Design. He worked in the design industry for a year before joining the Design Products course at the Royal College of Art, London. He graduated in 2007 after studying under Shona Kitchen, Noam Toran and Ron Arad in London and at the Kyoto University of Arts in Japan.

Martin has worked at diverse design agencies in Hamburg, Hong Kong and London for clients including Boeing, Lufthansa, Airbus, Nokia and Deutsche Telekom and he has received numerous awards including the Raymond Loewy Foundation Award, Red Dot, IF Design, D&AD and Invent Scholarship from the German Ministry of Education.

Ian Ferguson studied Architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 2007, he received an MA in Design Products at the Royal College of Art, London studying under Noam Toran & Shona Kitchen. He has worked extensively as an architect for firms including Testa + Weiser (Los Angeles), Hideto Horiike + Urtopia (Tokyo) and Ove Arup (London).

Ian has taught architecture and design at the Southern California Institute of Architects, University of California Los Angeles, Aarhus University and the Istituto Europeo di Design, and he co-directed the first year architecture course at London Metropolitan University.

Ian and Martin were asked to be the Designers-in-Residence 2011 at the Victoria and Albert Museum. Together they run Platform 17 of the Design Products MA course at the Royal College of Art.

www.postlerferguson.com

It was great that the speakers and the attendees were actually to share ideas and express their views as opposed to solely exhibition purposed fairs. It was very impressive, how successful and innovative individuals from various disciplines spoke about their worlds and how the audience interactively took part. To have attended and to have experienced this interaction at Belgrade Design Week made me very pleased. I would like to extend my congratulations to the BDW organizers due to this successful event.

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