Birgit Severin is a Berlin-based designer with background in psychology.

Her work investigates how things acquire meaning through being involved in personal narratives or reflecting universal life themes such as transformation, identification and belonging. Birgit finds inspiration in the arts and through exploring and analyzing everyday experiences and activities. Challenging the core assumption that design should aim to create symbols of a perfect life, she researches design strategies that celebrate the full spectrum of our existence, embracing its impermanence and unpredictability.


2011-2013 MA Contextual Design, Design Academy Eindhoven
2005-2007 MSci Biological Psychology, University of Maastricht
2003-2005 BA Psychology, University of Maastricht


since 2015 HTW Berlin - Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft / University of Applied Science, Teaching Design Basics at the Faculty of Idustrial Design

Lectures / Workshops

2017 Irony and Design, OCS, London, GB
2016 Imaginative rituals, IN RESIDENCE (, Turin, IT
2016 Planting - Eating - Designing, OCS, Berlin, DE
2015 Design in Berlin, OCS, Berlin, DE

Competitions / Awards

2016 Marianne Brandt Contest, 2rd Product Design
2015 Laurent & Charras prize - nominated
2015 Innovation Award imm cologne (selcted)
2015 A&W Design talent - nominated
2014 Ambiente Messe Frankfurt, Talents
2013 Craft Emergency
2013 Blueprint for the future 3D printing

Selected Exhibitions

2018 Legacy, Schloss Hollenegg for Design , Schwanberg, AU
2018 Index, Dubai Wolrd Trade Center , Dubai, AE
2017 Materialia, SWING design gallery , Benevento, IT
2017 Talisman - Contemporary Symbolic Objects, Palazzo Clerici , Milan, IT
2017 Brunnen 190, Berlin, DE
2016 Material Effekt , Industriemuseum, Chemnitz, DE
2016 Form & Seek , Tent, London, GB
2016 Bois d'Origine, Gallery S.Bensimon, Paris, FR
2016 Werkstatt States of Design, States of Design, Berlin, DE
2016 Limited Sustainability, Beirut, LBN
2016 Halle/Berlin, Salone Satellite, Milan, IT
2016 "Breaking & Construct" An Ephemeral Gallery of Contemporary Creations, Bruxelles, BE
2016 The Journey of Things, Ventura Lambrate, Milan, IT
2016 Zimmer mit Pflanze, gallerie YBDD, Berlin, DE
2016 Talent 2016, Internationale Handwerksmesse, München, DE
2015 Young Designers Around the World, Habari, Wien, AUT
2015 M15, Villa Metzler, Frankfurt, DE
2015 31Tage Golden Tips, Stilwerk, Berlin, DE
2015 Lost & Found, Ampelhaus, Oranienbaum, DE
2015 9th Internationale Design Biennale Saint-Etienne, Saint-Etienne, FR
2015 Ambiente, Rosentahl,, Frankfurt, DE
2015 Dnomade X,, Seoul, KR
2015 Innovation Award imm cologne (selcted),, Köln, DE
2015 Heimtextil, StijlInstitut Amsterdam, Franfurt, DE
2014 Pleasure is the Highest Goods, Paris Design Week, Paris, FR
2014 Onder tussen im Ampelhaus, Dutch Design group exhibition Oranienbaum, DE
2014 Wroclaw Design Festival, Wrocław, PL
2014 Berlin Reflect, Salone del Mobile Milan, Milan, IT
2014 Birgit Severin - Lifetimes, solo show at DMY Design Gallery, Berlin, DE
2014 Talents, Ambiente, Frankfurt, DE
2014 A Colorful Mind, Gallery S. Bensimon, Paris, FR
2013 Open, SeenSeen Gallery, Amsterdam, NL
2013 Berlin Design Selection, Design Miami, US
2013 Craft Emergency, Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth, UK
2013 DAE Graduation Show, Dutch Design Week, Eindhoven, NL
2013 Control for Idealism, TAC, Dutch Design Week, Eindhoven, NL
2013 Buenos Aires Design Festival, Buenos Aires, AR
2013 Sao Paulo Design Weekend, Sao Paulo, BR
2013 Now! le Off, Paris Design Week, Paris, FR
2013 Must-Have, Ligne Roset City, London, UK
2013 Blueprint for the Future, designjunction, London Design Week, UK
2012 BIO23, Ljubljana Design Biennale, Museum of Architecture and Design, Ljubljana, SI
2012 Reading Craft, Atelier Container, Dutch Design Week, Eindhoven, NL