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The Design Studio
We realize projects focusing on writing instruments, accessories, jewelry and leather products for national and international brands.
Our work stands for innovation and design quality, for reliability and trust, as well as for precisely understanding our customers’ needs, brands and target audience.
We supervise design assignments from research and concept to managing the technical implementation. We achieve a reliable decision-making process by using 3D designs, animations, mockups, and compelling visual and haptic simulations.
Our range of services includes, but is not limited to, creative and art direction, trend and market analysis as well as know-how transfer among different production processes and material developments.
Reflection leads to creation
The reason for developing a new product is to surpass the status quo. Such as making a product more sustainable by using innovative manufacturing processes am novel materials, or to renew the aesthetic form itself.
Our goal is to design a product with a long service life which is resource-conserving in production as well as in use. Coherent quality and emotional attachment are essential in that.
Reflecting on cultural context helps us in developing new product ideas regarding to function and content. We use our creative freedom to visualize new perspectives and concepts – leaving the familiar to more beyond bounderies.
“Creativity is mankind´s true capital” Joseph Beuys
22 years as designer in creative management at MONTBLANC
Jan Zander began his career with a commercial training as well as training in the crafts as a jeweler and goldsmith. Thereafter, he attended university and graduated in 1993 from the University of Applied Sciences Pforzheim with a degree in industrial design.
In November 1995, he became the first in-house designer to lead the newly founded design department at MONTBLANC International – and thus established and further developed a sustainable in-house design culture. He created a highly succesful business unit for the company, linking contemporary design with traditional craftsmanship and serial production, as well as establishing 3D design workflow that linked directly with manufacturing.
During the time there, Jan Zander developed and defined international trends and innovative design lines for MONTBLANC. After more than 20 years his hallmark design style had shaped a large part of the product portfolio, especially in the areas of limited edition writing instruments, serial writing instruments, jewelry and leather goods. Thus, he had made a lasting contribution to the brand identity and to the overall success of MONTBLANC.
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