Mathis Heller
Product Design, Amsterdam Noord-Holland Netherlands
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Contact details
Tel: +31 (0)6 39 871 426
Brief Summary
Mathis Heller is an automotive and product designer with 25 years of experience and with studios based in Amsterdam and Shanghai. He studied at the University of Art & Design, Burg Giebichenstein in Germany.

Many of his products have received several international design awards, including the Red Dot ‘best of the best’ Award and the iF Design Award Gold.

He is Master at the Detao Masters Academy in Shanghai, Professor at the Shanghai Institute of Visual Art and Vice Dean of the Cida Detao Innovation Institute. Recently he was appointed State Foreign High-End Expert of China.

He is also jury member of several international design awards, including the iF Student Design Award and the Car and Driver 10Best Award.
Siemens / Adtrans
BSH Goup (Bosch/Siemens)
Sara Lee
Proctor & Gamble
Verner Panton
Design Affairs
Sedus Stoll
PPG / Histor
Professional Experience

Over 20 years of experience in product innovation, strategic product design, automotive design, transportation design, luxury and yacht design, rv and caravan design, future urban mobility, structural packaging design, office furniture design, interior design, general styling, user experience design, design management, project management, art direction and design education.


Vice Dean at CIDA - DETAO Innovation Institute
2014 – Present
Innovation Institute of China Industrial Design Association and Detao Master Academy. Dean is Prof. Hartmut Esslinger, founder of Frog Design.

Owner at Design Studio Mathis Heller, Amsterdam / Shanghai
2013 - Present

Jury Member at iF Student Design Award, A'Design Awards, Successful Design Awards, Canton Fair Design Award, Car&Driver 10Best Award, ...
2013 - Present

Master at Detao Masters Academy, Shanghai
2011 - Present

Professor of Automotive and Industrial Design at Fudan University, Shanghai Institute of Visual Art (SIVA)

2011 - Present

Chief Designer at WeLL Design, Netherlands
2009 - 2015

Guest Lecturer at Peking University
2012 - 2014

Guest Lecturer at HU - University of Applied Sciences Utrecht
2012 - 2013

Guest Lecturer at Tongji University, Shanghai
2012 - 2012

Senior Designer at WeLL Design, Netherlands
2000 - 2008

Automotive and Transportation Designer at digitalform. industrial design, Munich
1994 - 1998
Clients: BMW, Design Affairs (Siemens Design), Sedus Stoll AG, Osram, Verner Panton, Ford, ICE 3 high-speed train (Siemens, AdTrans, Neumeister Design), Bosch Siemens Household appliances (BSH Group), …

Intern Designer at MAN Truck & Bus, Munich
1994 - 1995


Monthly Car Design Column
Car and Driver Magazine, China, since 2014
I also hand over two car design awards each year presented by Car and Driver Magazine, China

Contemporary vs. Retro Car Design
Enjoy / Caixin Magazine, China


Burg Giebichenstein - University of Art and Design
Master Degree, Industrial Design
Awards and Recognition
+ Red Dot Award, Best of the Best 2009
+ Red Dot Award 2011
+ IF product design award 2005
+ IF product design award 2006
+ IF product design award 2008
+ IF product design award 2009
+ IF product design award 2009
+ IF product design award 2011 - GOLD
+ GIO Award 2010
+ GIO Award 2010
+ GIO Award 2009 - Good Industrial Design (NL)
+ GIO Award 2009 - Special "Ergonomie" 2009
+ Plus X Award "Design" 2009
+ Plus X Award "Design" 2010
+ Design Award of Germany, 2006, nominee
+ Design Award of Germany, 2009, nominee
+ VOLVO sports design award 2006, nominee
+ Dutch Design Award 2005, selection
+ Dutch Design Award 2005, selection
+ Dutch Design Award 2009, finalist
+ "Vernufteling" - Dutch Engineering Award 2010, nominee
+ "Gouden Noot"- Dutch Packaging Award 2010
+ Innovation Award 2006, EPCA
+ Innovation Award 2006, bike fair FietsRAI, Amsterdam

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