Milanese Lorenz + Kaz design studio, was founded in 2001 by Catharina Lorenz and Steffen Kaz, both german designers living and working in Italy since the mid Nineties. What characterizes their creativity is their sustained quest for perfection and a hybrid “nordic- italian” imprint of their designs; aware of its origins and always willing to transform and evolve into something new and innovative. Renowned firms and brands like De Padova, Alcantara, Colé, Rossin and DuPont™ Corian® have all confided in the skills and creativity of Lorenz + Kaz. Furthermore , the designers’ projects are part of the collections of companies like Zeitraum, OmniDecor®, Antonio Lupi, Sitap and Bedont. Beyond these prestigious collaborations, Catharina Lorenz and Steffen Kaz are designing, producing and commercialising their own Lorenz + Kaz branded collection.
Catharina Lorenz was born in Munich. She studied from 1986 to 1991 Industrial Design at the Accademy of Darmstadt and finished in January 1991 with a degree in Industrial Design. Subsequently she moved to London and worked for Hollington Associates. At the end of 1992 she returned to Germany and worked for Via 4 Design in Nagold. In autumn 1995 she started a 4-year-long collaboration as a senior designer at Sottsass Associati in Milan. In 2000 she opened her own design office in Milan.
Steffen Kaz was born in Stuttgart. He studied from 1990 to 1994 Industrial Design at the Accademy of Arts in Hamburg and finished in 1996 with a Master of Arts in Furniture Design at the Royal College of Art, London. Subsequently he moved to New York and worked for a Multi Media agency and different Desgin studios. In 1998 he returned to Europe and worked till 2001 for James Irvine in Milan.
Since spring 2003 he is a Professor at the Department of Arts and Design at the University Bolzano.
Thank's to all our collaborators: Gigi Semerraro (Italy), Peter Cathersides (GB) , Tabea Steffens (Switzerland), Matej Chabera (Czeck RP), Daniela Ysusi (Mexico), Ishan Roy (India), Graciana de Bernardi (Argentina), George Kolliopoulis (Greece), Jonathan Le Monier (France), Valeria Pola (Italy), Carmelo Zocco (Italy), Michele Tenca (Italy), Mattia Jonathan Busu (Italy), Atula Jadhav (India), Lorenzo Sarghini (Italy), Alicja Lesiak (Poland), Matteo Agati (Italy), Théo Meurillon (France), Yihan Zhang (China).