Katja Hettler is trained as an industrial designer and received her education in Barcelona, Berlin and Paris. She has gained her work experience with internationally acclaimed designers – such as Marc Newson and Christian Biecher and has worked for labels like Louis Vuitton and Celine.

After four years in Erlangen, Germany in a family built home …


she moved to Montreal for six years…


then returned to Germany where she finished school in Berlin the year of the fall of the wall. She started her industrial design studies at the UdK, Universität der Künste Berlin, spent a semester at the Escola Massana in Barcelona with a DAAD grant and finished her studies at Les Ateliers, Ensci in Paris in 1995.

07-ensci-storyAfter working in New York as a set designer she moved to London to work with Australian designer Marc Newson assisting on projects for Magis, Bally, W&LT and Alessi. In 1998 she was offered to join the Louis Vuitton design team and returned to Paris where she worked on a Monogram travel bag collection, watches and sunglasses for the Louis Vuitton Cup.


Her following freelance work included the interior design of the restaurant Korova in Paris assisting the architect Christian Biecher, a collection of sunglasses and mens luggage for the fashion label Celine, a luggage collection for Lacoste assisting the designer Christophe Pillet and the interior design of a photostudio, work and living space combined for a private client.