Nicolas Thomkins, born 1953 in Ascona, Switzerland, studied fine arts and sculpture at Düsseldorf Art Academy as well as industrial design at the Folkwang Design School of Essen University. In 1983, he founded his own design office, first in Maidenhead, Great Britain, followed by further offices in Lucerne, Essen and Cologne, here under the name “T.B.A. Designsozietät” and together with two partners. He has worked for clients such as Imperial, Miele, Gunther Lambert, Küppersbusch and Schindler Aufzüge AG and Fendi Casa. Nicolas Thomkins has won several awards in international design competitions such as the red dot design award: best of the best (2007), Legacy of the Future Award (2008) and iF design award china (2008).