We take this year’s World Women’s Day as an occasion to introduce some extraordinary women in the design and architecture industry, who inspire us every day. Our female leaders impress us with their creativity and their ability to implement. They are well experienced in crossing borders. Each of them is dedicated to a particular challenge within her field – whether in a creative or business position of the design and architecture industry. These female leaders work with a straight focus and inspire people for their projects. Every day all year round, not only on International Women’s Day.

Female leader in trend and future consulting

OONA HORX-STRATHERN has been a trend researcher, consultant, speaker and author for over 25 years. Her regularly published “Homereport” takes a critical look at the changes in our living spaces and their effects on the economy and society. We are looking forward to meeting Oona at this year’s Stoff Frühling in Munich. The female leader in the interior industry will be speaking on “Future Living. Wie wollen wir in Zukunft wohnen?“ at Winkler Medien Verlag congress on March 12th, 2020. More Information on the Interior Congress in Munich.

Find out more about Oona Horx-Strathern and her keynote topics in the field of design and architecture.

Inspiring woman in the international design business

ANA MARÍA CALDERÓN KAYSER, Colombian-born founder of the brand ames, is a mediator between worlds. She wants to spread the spirit of her home country all around the globe. In order to create the special pieces of furniture and accessories, she connects Colombian artisans and industrial designers to an extraordinary artisanal production process. Ana Maria’s mission is to preserve traditional cultural techniques, therefore the products are manufactured only in small, family-run workshops. We are excited about our inspiring collaboration with this female leader in the design industry.

Read the amazing story about ames design.

Managing a design hotel with the right flair

“One of the most instagrammable place I’ve ever been to” one of the guests of Mauritzhof Hotel in Münster post to Instagram. CONSTANCE SCHRADER is general manager of the boutique hotel which became one of the first members of the international Design Hotels collection. After 18 years of international experience in the hospitality sector she perfectly embodies the urban and cosmopolitan values of the hotel. Her vision brings unpretentious elegance and the unique local atmosphere of the Münster region to hotel life.

Explore more about Mauritzhof Hotel in Münster.

Mastering challenges to promote high-quality design

For the German Design Council JANINE WUNDER realizes numerous activities dedicated to the challenges of the future like digitalisation and sustainability. For the strategic impact of design, brand and innovation, she travels worldwide. The Head of Communications and Marketing at the German Design Council loves variety and cultural exchange with entrepreneurs, established designers and newcomers. We experience that she accepts challenges in return.

More about the strategic work in the wide field of design of the German Design Council.

Guiding a company with a unique team spirit

It takes a certain clarity and strength to transform the creative power of a design team under the leadership of your own father into a global operating company. After the death of Ingo Maurer in October 2019 CLAUDE MAURER continues to manage the company in close cooperation with Ingo Maurer’s long-standing team. We admire her very much for this, not only on International Women’s day.
Until 18 October 2020, the Neue Sammlung, Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich is dedicating Ingo Maurer’s work under the title “Ingo Maurer intim. Design or what?” with a large-scale contemporary exhibition.

Explore the novelties of Ingo Maurer on the company’s website.

Inspiring woman in the textile business

CAMILLA FISCHBACHER is Art Director at Christian Fischbacher and one of the most inspiring women in the textile business: As a pioneer, Camilla launched the world’s first collection of decorative and upholstery fabrics made from recycled PET bottles, BENU®. Right from the start in 2009, she was aiming for a reinterpretation: Used plastic bottles are not waste, but a valuable source of raw materials. Explore BENU® and many extraordinary fabrics at the Christian Fischbacher showroom (Gabelsbergerstr. 9 in Munich) during “Münchner Stoff Frühling” (12 to 15 March 2020).

Find out more the female leader in the textile business and her amazing recycling project.



Photo Oona Horx-Strathern: Klaus Vyhnalek
Photo Ana María Calderón Kayser: Andres Valbuena
Photo Constance Schrader: Robert Rieger