I grew up in the industrial city of Schweinfurt am Main, which, at the time, was still suffering the effects of the war. For us kids the ruins, building sites and waste yards were inexhaustible sources of playfully discovered knowledge and experiences. After completing my study of graphic design in Würzburg and industrial design at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste (school of art and design) in Kassel, I founded a company, together with fellow students, for the development and sale of wooden toys. At the same time I began my activities as a self-employed industrial designer.
I later founded a company for play objects together with the designer K.H. Thiele, which was primarily concerned with the design and realisation of playgrounds for people with disabilities. During this time we also created a large range of playground equipment for public areas, schools, hospitals etc. In 1990, these activities led to the collaboration with Richter Spielgeräte.
Playing is one of the most intensive and long-lasting factors of human development. It is an indispensable source of happiness, orientation and experience.
During play, the desire for creative activities in many developmentally relevant areas is able to freely unfold. The diversity of this subject is what makes this activity so exciting.
Social changes have created new challenges; in particular for “play areas for children”. I have found a reliable partner in the Richter Spielgeräte company to tackle this.
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