Designer, artist and inventor Markus Kayser is the founder of Kayser Works. His work focuses on novel design and digital fabrication processes at the intersection of design, technology, and biology. Kayser’s research spans from studying swarm behavior in insects to using the Sun’s rays to 3D print glass objects from raw desert sand. His goal is to challenge rigid design and fabrication conceptions by deploying raw energy and materials, biological systems, and technology to develop new forms of making, thereby creating a new suite of tools for design itself. While technological and experimental works dominate his recent endeavors, Kayser also creates lighting and furniture designs with playful inventiveness. Markus Kayser holds a PhD (2018) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Media Lab, where he conducted research in The Mediated Matter Group.
Kayser’s work is part of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York’s permanent design collection and has been exhibited in world renowned institutions, such as the Centre Pompidou in Paris, The Power Station of Art in Shanghai, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein (Germany), and the London Design Museum, among many more.
Acclaim and international recognition of Kayser’s work has grown over the years and he has won several awards, including the Design Miami/Basel’s Designer of the Future Award (2012), UK’s Arts Foundation Fellowship Award in Product Design (2012), and the Ars Electronica Award of Distinction (2012). As a team member of the Mediated Matter Group, he also won the Emerging Voices Award from the Architectural League of New York (2015). He is an UK Arts Foundation Fellow and a World Technology Network Fellow.
Kayser’s work has been written about in notable publications from around the world, including Popular Science (2011), Forbes (2011), and Financial Times (2015), among others. He has been on the cover of the magazine DOMUS (special issue on Green Energy, 2012), and has also been featured in numerous books on design and fabrication, and on TV and online media. His work in design documentation through film has been viewed globally in the millions, and is key in publicizing his work.
As part of his academic role at MIT, Kayser has contributed to multiple peer-reviewed papers as well as a patent on a 3D glass printing process. He has served as a lecturer and lab instructor for courses such as, ‘Design Across Scales’ and ‘Hands On Foundations - Principles of Computational Design and Additive Manufacturing’. Other teaching experiences include guest lectures at the Architectural Association in London and the SVA in New York, as well as invited talks at international conferences.
Markus Kayser received his Master of Arts and Design from the Royal College of Art (RCA) in London, UK in the faculty of Design Products. Prior to this, he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Furniture and Product Design from the London Metropolitan University, UK.
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