Studio Kai Linke

Studio Kai Linke works in the interdisciplinary fields of product & exhibition design, art direction, innovation consulting and architectural collaborations.

The work is based on an intense research and characterized by the fusion of tradition and renewal, a courageousness for experiment and a passion for materials and technologies.

&tradition, Akademie Schloss Solitude, Auerberg, Deutsches Design Museum, Ekobo, Hirnholz, Frankfurter Palmengarten,
Goethe Institut, Jan Kurtz, Kaufmann Keramik, Kober Porzellan, Lindenberg Hotels, Luminale e.V., Magazin, Manufactum, Messe Frankfurt, Museum Angewandte Kunst/Frankfurt, Olivari, Pulpo, SAP, Staatliche Kunstsammlung Dresden, SevenSwans, SoudaSouda, Stadt Frankfurt, Stylepark, Trademark publishing, Via Platten, Werkraum Bregenzer Wald, Vorarlberg Museum Bregenz


Kai Linke founded the Studio in Frankfurt in 2009.
His projects are part of numerous international publications, exhibitions, and collections and have been awarded several times.

He studied Product Design at HfG Offenbach University of Art and Design and worked for Studio Makkink & Bey, Tobias Rehberger, and Tomas Saraceno.  He was granted a scholarship from the German National Academic Foundation in 2005-2009, the Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart in 2014-2016, at Goethe Institute Villa Kamogawa in Kyoto/Japan 2018, and the Goethe Institute Osaka 2020. 2019 he published the book “Kai Linke in Japan”. In 2021 he designed and conceptualized the German pavilion "Spoon Archaeology" at the London Design Biennale together with Peter Eckart.  

From 2015 to 2021 he taught design at the University of Arts Kassel. Since 2022 he is teaching at the BG BA Hanau. 

2018Scholarship of the Goethe Institut Villa Kamogawa in Kyoto, Japan
2015German Design Award - Special Mention
2014Interior Innovation Award - Winner 2014
Scholarship of the Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart
2010Design Award of the Federal Republic - nominee
1st price "Monument for Alois Senefelder" Competition
2009Design Award of the Federal Republic - nominee
20062nd price "New Walls Please" Competition
2005Scholarship of the German National Academic Foundation
Teaching / Lectures / Talks
2022Teaching Advance Design at the BG BA Hanau
Talk & exhibition @Dialoque Workshop, Werkraum Bregenzerwald, Austria
2018Lecture at Design without Borders Hatartalan Design, Budapest, Ungarn
Talk at "Blickwechsel - Shaping the Future - Crafts and Design - Partnership or Paradox", Museum für Angewandte Kunst, Frankfurt am Main
Talk at Creators@Kamogawa, "Craft after the digital revolution“, Goethe Institut-Kyoto, Japan
Teaching assistance at the University of Arts Kassel Germany, Department of Furniture and Exhibition Design of Prof. Jakob Gebert, Prof. Pankow, Prof. Nils Holger Moormann and Prof. Robert Suk at the University of Arts Kassel
2016Workshop "Upcycling" at the JKWF in cooperation with Deutsches Design Museum Foundation, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
2014Workshop "Tassen die passen" at the KinderMuseumFrankfurt in cooperation with Deutsches Design Museum Foundation, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
2012Workshop "Rotation & Improvisation" with Annika Frye at the Academy of Art and Design Offenbach am Main
2009 – 2010teaching assistance at the Academy of Art and Design Offenbach am Main Germany, Department of Industrial Design Project - C Change - Klimawandel am Fluss an
2022Frankfurt Grünes Herz, Palmengarten, Frankfurt, Germnay
Overdose, Design Museum Holon, Tel Aviv, Israel
Spoon Archaeology, Staatliche Kunstsammlung Dresden, Kunstgewerbemuseum, Dresden, Germany
Mythos Handwerk, Museum Angewandte Kunst, Frankfurt, Germany
Permanent collection exhibition, The National Museum of art, architecture and design, Oslo Norway

2019Talk & exhibition @Dialoque Workshop, Werkraum Bregenzerwald, Austria
Enter Porcelain, Palazzo Litta, Milan
Chair as a Artwork, Lativan National Art Museum, Riga, Latvia

Design without Borders Hatartalan Design, Budapest, Ungarn
Voque Salon, Berlin, Germany
Works, Kyoto Design Week, Kyoto, Japan

2016By Hands, Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart, Germany
Next, Ambiente, Frankfurt, Germany
Blickfang Selected, Stuttgart, Germany
Luminale, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
The Wall - Nieuwe German Gestaltung #004, Kortrijk, Belgium
Future Archive, Kortijk, Belgium
Materie, Offenbach, Germany
Good things you are, Berlin, Germany
Das Haus - by Sebastian Herkner, IMM, Cologne

2015Fetishism, Trapholt Museum, Denmark
Objects in between, Passagen, Cologne
Blickfang Selected, Zürich, Switzerland

2014Alle Metalle, Passagen, Cologne
Objects and the factory, Passagen, Cologne
Space! Exhibition, Lörrach

2013Refugium, Berlin Design Week
In-house objects, Berlin Design Week
...yet to be discoverd!, Berlin Design Week
Aus der neuen Welt, Palmengarten, Frankfurt
Wool House, Somerset House, London
Objects for the neightbour, Passagen, Cologne

2012Interior Lifestyle China 2012, Shanghai
The Mirror Exhibition, Designblok 2012, Prague
Gut gewürzt, Palmengarten, Frankfurt
Utrecht Mainifest No.4, Utrecht
Luminale, Plank, Frankfurt

2011Salone Satellite 14, Salone Internazionale del Mobile, Milan
New Olds Design Museum Holon, Tel Aviv
Cannics Exhibiiton saasfee* Pavillon, Frankfurt & Berlin
Interieurs du 20e siecle Artcurial, Paris
A grammar of the third person Perla Moda, Zurich
Modern Wool London, Berlin
Totem and Taboo MuseumsQuartier, Wien
YDMI, deTour & Inno Design Tech Expo (IDTE), HongKong
The winter exhibition, Direktorenhaus, Berlin

2010[d3] Professionals, imm cologne 2010, Cologne
Blickfang, Stuttgart
Young Designers Light & Building Fair, Frankfurt
Design Deutschland 2010, FuoriSalone Milan & ICFF NY
Talents Tendence Fair, Frankfurt
Home Works Mint, London Design Festival, London
Interieur 2010 Design Biennale, Kortrijk
Design Auction Artcurial, Paris
Modern Design Auction, Pierre Berge & Associes, Brussels

2009[d3] design talents contest, imm cologne 09, Cologne
[d3] school, imm cologne 09, Cologne
Entratalibera, Salone di Mobile, Milan
Junge Kunst mit Zukunft, Museum of Applied Art, Frankfurt
Exhibition of Patamagazin, Milan
German National Library, Frankfurt
Li Edelkoort‘s ‚wish list‘, Pierre Berge & Associes, Brussels
Mint Escapes, Mint Shop, The London Design Festival

2008The Great Game to Come, Frankfurter Kunstverein

2007hessendesign, Hessen Design e.V., Darmstadt
Kunstforum 1822, Frankfurt

2006Saloon „StolenWood“, Passagen Cologne
Inspired by cologne 2006, imm cologne 06
Junge Kunst mit Zukunft, Museum of Applied Art, Frankfurt
Junges Design Hessen, Wiesbaden

2005Inspired by cologne 2005, imm cologne 05, Cologne
Palazzo Trussardi Marino alla Scala, Milano
Designmai Youngsters 2005, Berlin
Saloon „StolenWood“, HfG Offenbach
Designbrüssel, Addict Design, Brussels

2004designblok, Prague
Blickfang, MAK Museum of Applied Art, Vienna
Leuchte, das möbel, Vienna
Im Designerpark, Mathildenhöhe, Darmstadt