Prof. Knut Völzke
Knut Völzke designs projects with a focus on context-related and integrative design. In his design studio he creates furniture, products and furnishings for private and public spaces, as well as trade fair and exhibition projects ranging from individual exhibits to international travelling exhibitions. A special focus lies in the area of tension between narrative and didactic design for popular scientific topics (public science).
Designs by Knut Völzke received international design awards and were selected for special shows in Cologne, Stuttgart, Tokyo, Mumbai, Las Vegas and New York. For him, quality and beauty are criteria that are not limited to the useful life of objects or rooms. He sees good design as the intelligent use of materials, symbolic expression and socio-cultural location.
After a career in carpentry (master craftsman's certificate 1996), studies at the Akademie für Gestaltung in Münster and the HfG Offenbach, Knut Völzke founded the LEISE design studio in Frankfurt am Main in 2003. From 2010 to 2019 he was lecturer at the HfG Offenbach, from 2003 to 2004 artistic-scientific assistant at the Wissenschaftszentrum Umwelt (WZU) of the University of Augsburg. He is co-editor of the book "Staub - Spiegel der Umwelt", published by Oekom Verlag in 2006.
Since the winter semester 2019/20 Knut Völzke is deputy professor for design basics, colour theory and integrated design at the HfG Offenbach.