Karl Emilio Pircher

(Bolzano, Italy, 1963)

Karl Emilio Pircher is an Italian designer. He studied product design at the Universität für angewandte Kunst in Vienna from 1993 to 2000 with Ron Arad. In 1995 he began to present his own projects, such as the installation of the entrance portal of the MAMbo Museum of Modern Art in Bologna. In 1998 he created the first Walking Chair. Pircher, according to whom “good design is innovation”, considers himself not only a designer but also an inventor; design is also often combined with art or everyday objects in his productions. In 2009, Pircher designed a place of relaxation for children and families, known as the Kinderpunkt 09, for the city of Linz at the time the European Capital of Culture. Karl Emilio Pircher has won several awards, including the Accent on Design Award 2002, the Design Plus Award 2003, and the ispo brandnewAward 2004. Together with his studio he won the Berlin Design Award in 2009.