Lukas Franciszkiewicz is a designer, thinker and educator based in
Germany, the UK, Japan, Switzerland. Driven by a curiosity-based and practice-led approach, Lukas' work aims to blend industrial design and speculative design into tangible expressions of the complex interactions between design, technology and people.
In the last decade, Lukas has been working at the overlap of design and technology, both in industry-based and experimental settings. In 2014 he co-founded the London office of the Japanese design innovation firm Takram, where he was researching future mobility services for Toyota, designing camera lenses for Tamron, envisioning new sensing technology concepts with the MIT Media Lab, directing the exhibition Scenes Unseen and working with Moovel Lab to provoke debate about urban mobility. More recently, Lukas is leading a research project to innovate augmented reality products for remote support with Almer.
Besides his client-based work, Lukas uses design to ask questions about technological implications and speculate on alternative aesthetic approaches. His projects Heavy Load and Taste of Light have been showcased internationally at exhibitions including the Saint-Étienne Design Biennale, London Design Festival, Shanghai Power Station of Art and Vienna Biennale. For the Future Fictions exhibition at Z33 Lukas collaborated with Dunne & Raby on Not Here, Not Now.
Most recently Lukas stepped into the role as the Head of Master Industrial Design and Research at the Zurich University of the Arts, where he is currently setting up a new Masters programme. Lukas has regularly been engaged in sharing his approach through mentoring, workshops and lectures for international institutions. He has taught at the Royal College of Art in the Design Interactions and Innovation Design Engineering courses.
Lukas holds an MA in Design Interactions (2012–14) from the Royal College of Art in London and a BA in Industrial Design (2008–12) from the Muthesius Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Kiel.