Björn Franke

Field of Practice:


City, Country:

London, United Kingdom


2007, 2008, 2009


Apr 2008 - Mar 2009


Born 1975 in Cuxhaven/Germany.

Björn Franke studied industrial design at the Muthesius Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Kiel from 1999 to 2003 and product design at the Royal College of Art in London from 2004 to 2006. He worked as a design consultant at Syndicate Brand & Corporate Design in Hamburg from 2001 to 2004. Since 2008 he has been a visiting lecturer in critical and historical studies at the Royal College of Art and since 2010 lecturer in design history and theory at the University of Applied Arts Vienna.

Recent exhibitions: »Territories of the In/Human«, Würtembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart (2010); »The State of Things: Design and the 21st Century«, Design Museum Holon (2010); »Love Design«, Klaus Engelhorn Depot, Vienna (2009); »Fetish + Consumption«, Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart (2008); »The Art of Research«, Lume Gallery, Helsinki (2007); »Village Fête«, Victoria and Albert Museum, London (2007); »Digitalinability«, DMY 2007, Berlin (2007); »Eden ADN«, Biennale Internationale Design, Saint-Étienne (2006); »Something Fake«, Platform 21, Amsterdam (2006); »The Wellcome Trust’s Travelling Apothecary«, British Library, London (2006); »Designsuburbia«, DMY 2006, Berlin (2006).

His work has been featured in various magazines and books worldwide, such as Vouge, ID Magazine, IdN, Icon and Swiss Typographic Magazine.

Björn Franke lives and works as a designer in London and is preparing for his doctorate in Design Interactions at the Royal College of Art.