Max Frommeld and Arno Mathies met at the Royal College of Art in London where they both studied Design Products. Their shared interest in functional design and folding technologies led to a series of creative collaborations. In 2012 they established their design studio, Max Frommeld & Arno Mathies, that is now based in London and Geneva.
In the last four years they have worked on several self-initiated projects and collaborated with commercial clients from the automotive industry and the rental construction industry, to develop and produce a series of ‘flat pack’ design accessories that utilise plastic hinging technology.
Two of their self-initiated projects, Folding Boat and Folding Sled, were nominated for the Federal Swiss Design Awards; Folding Boat in 2013 and Folding Sled in 2014. Folding Boat was shortlisted as product of the year, 2011, by It’s Nice That, shortlisted as best life enhancing product, 2012, by Wallpaper* Magazine and was nominated by Conde Nast for innovation design awards 2012. Folding sled, recently received two prices, the special price of the Jury and the Eyes on Talent, from the Design Parade 10 at the Villa Noailles.
Currently, Frommels is a tutor on the Product and Furniture Design course at Kingston University, UK, and Mathies teaches on the Design Master of Space and Communication at the HEAD Geneva, Switzerland.