Katy Müller has spent over 10 years working as a graphic designer. After
completing her Abitur qualifications she studied under Professor Ruedi Baur
at the Leipzig Academy of Visual Arts from 1993. In 1996, during the studies,
she completed a semester abroad at the Zurich University of the Arts.
In 1999 she moved to Berlin, gathering interdisciplinary experience during
the »Berlin semester« at Pixelpark, Scholz & Friends, n-tv und taz.
She worked as a graphic designer at K-Plex (PLEX GmbH) followed by
HaynWillemeit Media GmbH. Following a design position in Sydney with
Wishart Design she spent two years with her own office in Stuttgart.
In 2003 she began her collaboration with Nathanaël Gourdin, resulting in
the founding of Gourdin & Müller in 2006.
Nathanaël Gourdin (D/F) was born in 1975, the son of a German mother
and a French father, in Saint-Germain-en-Laye (France). Fascinated
by cars and car design, at the age of nine he had already decided to devote
his career to design. In 1992 he began studies in Design at the
École régionale des Beaux-Arts de Saint-Étienne (now École supérieure
d’art et design Saint-Etienne). In the scope of an exchange he spent
two semesters at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava
Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava (Vysoká Škola Výtvarných
Umení) in 1995-96. In 1997 he completed his diploma in the field of
Furniture Design with the DNSEP (Diplôme national supérieur d'expression
plastique) under the tutelage of Éric Jourdan. Following an internship
with interior designer and architect Andrée Putman he worked at Intégral
Ruedi Baur & Associés in Paris. In 1999 he relocated to Leipzig for
Intégral, founding the agency konzeptMWNG, specialising in the design
of rail vehicles, in 2000. The collaboration with Katy Müller that began
in 2003 led to the founding of the Gourdin & Müller office in 2006.
ness. Each task brings with it the challenge of visualising complex
interconnections via the structuring of content and sophisticated design.
The objective of every debate is the formulation of solutions that can
provide identity. The synergy of structural context, thematic character and
contemporary interpretation forms the foundation of our approach.
Innovative manufacturing procedures and the unusual use of materials
are characteristic of the realisations.
Lecturing and university projects also form elements of the field of
activity of Gourdin & Müller.