Born in Halle, East Germany in 1974, Moritz Waldemeyer is a London-based designer-engineer who experiments in forging links between technology, art, fashion, and design. Waldemeyer studied mechatronics (a combination of mechanics and electronics) at Kings College London, earning his Bachelor of Engineering (2000) and Master of Science (2001). Between 2000 and 2004, he worked as a conceptual designer and researcher at Philips Research Labs, focusing on wearable electronics. Between 2003 and 2007, Waldemeyer was a visiting lecturer at London’s Royal College of Art. He established his eponymous studio in London in 2004.
That same year, he made his design world debut with Lolita, an interactive chandelier for Swarovski and Ron Arad. Several notable projects have followed, marked by a playfully creative, technologically-driven approach, including Video Dress (2007) for fashion designer Hussein Chalayan, a frock featuring a full video display composed of nearly 16,000 programmed LEDs; a 2009 collaboration with Fendi and the band OK Go, consisting of a laser-outfitted guitar that interacts with a video wall to illustrate music in real time; light-studded costumes for performers in the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic closing ceremonies; and the collaborations with Ingo Maurer, Candles in the Wind and My New Flame (both 2012), flexible, microprocessor and LED-driven lighting systems that evoke the natural, realistic flicker of candlelight based on video material. (The latter was inducted into the Museum of Modern Art’s permanent collection in 2013.) In 2014, Waldemeyer presented Revolution for Wallpaper* Handmade, an installation inspired by light, motion, and automobiles, consisting of four lit forms mounted on rotating tubes that revolve and intersect like gear wheels—and made in cooperation with Jaguar and Harrods.
Waldemeyer has had a solo show at Rabih Hage Gallery, London (2006) and exhibited with Gallery Libby Sellers, London (2007). He participated in the group show, Design and the Elastic Mind at MoMA, New York (2008).