Team / Profile

Horst Philipp, designer and cabinet maker, speaks German, English
Nina Mair, architect, studied in Innsbruck, Florence, speaks German, English, Italian
Georg Öhler, architect, studied in Innsbruck, Madrid, speaks German, English, Spanish

The well-rehearsed core of Pudelskern consists of Nina Mair, Georg Öhler and Horst Philipp, a team of architects and designers rooted in handcrafts. Technical knowledge and research, telling stories and intriguing designs are the pillars of Pudelskern‘s design philosophy. Natural material, sustainable production and different stories flow into the objects of Pudelskern. The designers themselves subsume their ability to combine those ingredients into products under the title of ‚Narrative design‘.

Pudelskern has its office in the picturesque old town of Innsbruck - surrounded by the high mountains of the European Alps. The influence of traditions, a rough landscape and a rich rural culture can be found in some of the works. The regional rooting is not a geographical bonding but rather a source of inspirations for the internationally oriented studio. The office is located at a former soap manufactory with a 300 year old history.


Pudelskern refers to a quote from Goethe‘s drama Faust: the first part of the tragedy. Though the main character Heinrich Faust successfully gained knowledge on his quest for the essence of life, he is still unsatisfied: 
Here now I stand, poor fool, and see I‘m just as wise as formerly.

When he meets the devil he makes a deal trading his soul for unlimited knowledge and worldly pleasures. The devil approaches Faust in disguise of a poodle, revealing his true character only later. Goethe‘s quote on the revelation of the poodle, Das ist also des Pudels Kern, entered German language meaning to find the core of a thing - the gist of the matter.


Stepevi Showroom, Milan
Design Vision Austria, Galvanotecnica Bugatti, Milan
Museum: Bellerive Zürich
Museum: Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg, permanent

Designers’ Saturday, Langenthal, Switzerland
Design Attack, Gallery Bunkier Sztuki, Kraków, Poland
Formationen, Design in Tirol, Innsbruck, Austria
Mint, London Design Festival, London, UK
“Design Scapes”, Salone del Mobile, Milan, Italy
Maison & Objet, Granny for Casamania, Paris, France

Lodz Design Festival, Lodz, Poland
Ceci n’est pas un hotel, NHOW Hotel Milan, Italy
Andechsgalerie, Innsbruck, Austria
“Grown Furniture”, Salone del Mobile, Milan, Italy

Salone del Mobile, Milan, Italy

Extreme Building, Birmingham, United Kingdom
Junges Design, Stadtgalerie Schwaz, Austria

Products on sale

Infusion “O” rug ,
Mrs Robinson, Mint,
Saddler, Mint,
Granny, Casamania,
Fat Sheep, Regensburger,
Woozily, M&L Lichttechnik,
Morse, M&L Lichttechnik,
Calla, KWS,

London Office
Unit A, 1-11 Bache's street
N1 6DL London
+44 7586 751784