Alexander Mueller is an award-winning Austrian-born furniture designer and maker, based in London and Úbeda, Jaen.
He is a precise, efficient, creative and experienced furniture designer and maker. With a commercially-minded approach, he solves design challenges through a hands-on methodology and his perseverance helps him reach targets well within deadlines.
Confident in constructing design strategies and in delivering commercial, and competitive, product ranges, he is trend- and competitor-aware and identifies new product opportunities and innovation with quality and cost in mind. His design work covers technical experience for a large product range, as well as extensive knowledge of manufacturing processes and working with suppliers and their design teams.
His studio work includes
- working with factories worldwide, particularly in India and Vietnam, as well as Europe
- managing supply chain, from initial idea to sampling, production and QC
- creative direction
- creating commercial competitive product ranges for the middle to higher end market
- technical experience for a large product range, as well as extensive knowledge of manufacturing processes
- bespoke furniture designs/projects
Previously Alexander was Head of Design for Vênoor Living, a new sustainable online lifestyle brand. He was responsible for the design direction, which included product development from conception, through sampling, production and QC. For Vênoor he travelled to various factories worldwide (particularly to Vietnam and India, as well as Europe), where he developed sustainable and ethical practices through the entire supply and production chain.
His work focuses on re-examining traditional craftsmanship, in order to highlight the natural beauty of materials and draw attention to small details and the making process.
He completed a Foundation Degree in Furniture Making and a BA in Furniture and Product Design at the CASS School of Design. During his studies, he started developing his professional practice by doing a placement with the Scenic Carpentry Department of The Royal Opera House and interning at Philip Michael Wolfson Design Studio, Zaha Hadid's former Head of Design, which helped to build his feeling for material, colours and structures.
Alexander was awarded the 'Frederick Parker Award' in 2013 for best contemporary chair design by The Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers and was the winner of the 'Heal's Discovers Design Competition' in 2013.
Alexander was a Designer in Residence at the CASS School of Design and set up his own studio in 2013. He has since launched products under his own name and been involved in freelance projects.