Biography

Frank Rettenbacher is an Austrian Designer living and working in Amsterdam. Here he is Creative Director at TPV Group Design with focus on Philips TV and Audio products, Philips Mobile displays and Accessories.

Independently, Frank collaborates and designs furniture under his own studio moniker. Within this framework, in 2013 he started working with the renowned Italian furniture manufacturer, Zanotta. Together they have created, and continue to grow, a family of charismatic products.

As an Industrial Design graduate from Graz’s University of Applied Science, his early career spanned automotive design for Audi along with lighting, consumer electronics and strategic design for Philips Design.

Frank’s work has received international recognition and has been included in the permanent collection of the Amsterdam Museum of Modern Art (The Stedelijk Museum). Most notably in 2014, his acclaimed ‘DesignLine’ glass TV won the Dutch Design Award together with an IF Gold and the Red Dot, 'Best of the Best' Award.



Zanotta stories

'Let us focus on Frank Rettenbacher. With very few projects under his belt, but showing a remarkable level of typological innovation [...] the young Austrian designer based in Amsterdam was recruited early on by the Nova Milanese-based company to experiment with new visions for products. In the wake of the Eames' work of the 1950s, with legendary metal supporting structures for their chairs, Rettenbacher designs very thin polygonal surface tops, sustained by a similarly slender tie-rod supporting system. Emil is a small table in polished lacquered steel showing great equilibrium of form. It was created with the aim of reducing the physical impact of the object to a minimum, and it fundamentally reflects a light, changeable vision of day-to-day life.'

From the book
Design: 101 Zanotta stories
written by Beppe Finessi
published in 2014



Recognitions

Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
Philips DesignLine TV, 2014
Permanent collection

NYC × Design Award
Zanotta Judy poltroncina, 2018
Honoree

Hublot Design Prize
Participant, selected by Marva Griffin



Awards

IF Design Awards
Philips × Georg Jensen 9104 TV, 2019
Philips × Bowers&Wilkins OLED 934 TV, 2019
Philips OLED 854 TV, 2019
Philips × Bowers&Wilkins OLED 903 TV, 2018
Philips 8800 TV, 2016
Philips DesignLine TV, IF GOLD, 2014
Philips DesignLine Tilt TV, 2012
Design Probes – Metamorphosis, 2011
Philips Cineos Flat TV Aurea, 2007
Philips Next Simplicity 2005

Red Dot Awards
Philips × Bowers&Wilkins OLED 934 TV, 2019
Philips OLED 854 TV, 2019
Philips C8 Monitor, 2018
Philips OLED 9002 TV, 2017
Philips 8600 TV, 2015
Philips 8900 TV, 2015
Philips DesignLine TV, Best of the Best, 2014

Dutch Design Award
Philips DesignLine TV, 2013
Winner best consumer product

D&Ad Award
Philips DesignLine, 2014

Goed Industrieel Ontwerp
Philips Cineos Flat TV, 2007
Springtime Design, Bikedispenser, 2007

Spark award Gold
Springtime Design, Bikedispenser, 2007






Studio Frank Rettenbacher
Balistraat 20
1094 JM Amsterdam
The Netherlands








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