An unquestionable legend of the world of design. The period of ten years, when Lidewij was the head of the Design Academy in Eindhoven, is regarded as the time of rapid development in the 60-year-long history of the Academy. For many years Lidewij Edelkoort has been successfully running her own company in Paris, Trend Union, which specialises in forecasting trends and performing strategic analyses. Since the early 80s, her innovative ideas set trends in many industries - starting with the world of fashion, through the cosmetics industry, interior furnishing, hi-tech equipment and the car industry. Li is a curator of design exhibitions all over the world, as well as the founder of Design House in Eindhoven. She was invested with the Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres - the most prestigious French state decoration - for her contributions to the French and international culture. She was awarded honorary doctorates from prestigious universities all over the world. She takes part in international projects popularising local crafts, as well as ecological and humanitarian design.
Businessman, engineer, art connoisseur and promoter of Polish design; patron of numerous cultural and educational projects.
Co-owner and board member of Vox Capital Group companies in the construction, furnishing and interior arrangement business. Co-founder of the School of Humanities and Journalism, the Da Vinci Primary School and Academic Middle School and investor of the SWPS University. Creator of the Vox-Artis Foundation for Promotion of Contemporary Art. Most of the paintings and sculptures owned by the Foundation are in deposit of the National Museum in Poznań and the School of Humanities and Journalism, which makes them available for the general public. President of the Wielkopolska Association for the Promotion of Fine Arts, which showcases its collection as part of the permanent exposition of contemporary art in the National Museum in Poznań.
Currently, Piotr Voelkel is concentrating on "pro publico bono" projects. He is a supporter of the construction of the Wielkopolska Design Centre. In 2014 he was invested with the Knight's Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta for his exceptional contributions to the development and promotion of Polish business, as well as his achievements in social activities.
Born in Warsaw, Zuzanna Skalska moved to the Netherlands in 1991. She studied at the Design Academy in Eindhoven and the Royal Academy of Fine Art & Design in Den Bosch. After graduating in 1998, she started her career as Sensorial Trend Analyst in the strategy department of Philips Design, where she was part of the team responsible for the revolutionary Ambient Intelligent project.
In 2001, she started working for the largest design studio in the Netherlands - VanBerlo in Eindhoven - where she was responsible for constant monitoring of trends in various branches of the industry. Since 2007, Zuzanna has been operating under her own brand - 360 Inspiration. Among her clients are large corporations, as well as medium-sized and small companies. She's the author of a series of books on trends - 360 Trend Reports - awarded the Red Dot Design Award in 2009. She runs the 360inspiration.nl blog.
Zuzanna is a lecturer at the Faculty of Industrial Design, at the TU/e in Eindhoven. Board member of the Dutch Design Week (DDW) for 7 years, she currently serves as a member of the Capital D advisory board and advisor regarding innovations and design for Polish and Dutch government institutions. At the same time, she is a speaker at various international conferences, and conducts lectures and workshops on trends for schools and businesses. She is the originator and co-founder of the School of Form in Poznań. Skalska is also the author of many articles on trends in modern design and is often invited as a member of the jury of prestigious chapters. She is one of the most influential women in Polish design.
What sets School of Form apart from its competition is our excellent teaching staff. It is thanks to the specialists in areas of both practice and theory, as well as the representatives of various businesses, that the design programme is able to merge teaching about design and developing humanistic competencies in a creative manner. Our brilliant staff strives towards an ambitious goal: to shape versatile designers who will become successful professionally.
School of Form is committed to working with the business. Thanks to our business partners, our students can participate in inspiring international projects already during the first year of study. During the second year students are given the opportunity to take training and internship in one of the companies, organizations and institutions cooperating with the school. This way they learn how to work in a professional design team, test their skills and discover the potential path of further development.