Beatrice Mueller is a German industrial designer based in London.
She specializes in consumer technology, homeware, furniture, and 3D printing. She studied Industrial Design at Pforzheim University, Germany and came to London to work for ChauhanStudio in 2010. In 2016 she moved to Berlin to work for BigRep, a manufacturer of large-scale 3D printers. Whilst there, she developed prints for trade shows, as well as working on the design of the BigRep STUDIO printer and a future 3D printing technology.
She returned to London in mid-2017 to continue her work with Tej Chauhan. Beatrice enjoys challenging the limits of manufacturing techniques in order to get the most out of a design, in terms of both function and aesthetics. She wants to design objects that open up new perspectives and inspire people.
She is perhaps best known for the 3D printed Ocke chair, which is an internet favorite and can currently be seen at the London Design Museum.
Nora Toure: Beatrice, could you let us know about your background and what brought you into 3D printing in the first place?
Beatrice Müller: I was always into tech and arts as a kid so I eventually decided to study industrial design, which is in a way a combination of both. During my studies I got really into 3D CAD – it’s one of my favorite design tools. With 3D printing, you are able to see a direct physical translation of your digital creations which I find still very exciting.
I worked in consumer electronics for most of the time as an industrial designer, then I had the opportunity to work for a large scale 3D printing manufacturer in Berlin and went for it.
Nora Toure: What was your very first experience with 3D Printing?
Beatrice Müller: I first heard about 3D printing when I went to university. We had a 3D printer at school. Even though it was still quite expensive back then some friends decided to print a robot like a figure. I helped with the design process and the assembling of the parts.
The first thought that came to my mind was, that one day it will be possible to print a sneaker of different materials including textile in one go. I’m still waiting for this moment, but we are very close – Nike just released Flyprint, a customizable 3D printed textile.
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