Torsten Fritze is founder and managing partner of Studio & Partners based in Milan. Born in Hamburg and following an Internship at Conran Design, London he obtained his Bachlor degree Industrial Design Engineering at Central St.Martins in London. In 1984 he attended Milan’s Domus Academy, where he completed his Master Degree under Mario Bellini and Andrea Branzi, followed by a marketing degree from the city’s SDA Bocconi. He then joined King Miranda Associates, before moving to San Francisco to work as a senior designer at frogdesign in 1988, where his clients included Logitech, Sun Microsystems and Steve Jobs NeXT.
Three years later, Philips Electronics recruited him as Design Manager for Audio Products - and subsequently its Communication Products Division - in Asian manufacturing sites and at the corporate headquarters, where in 1992 he participated in a strategic repositioning project with Arthur D. Little.In 1993 Michele De Lucchi invited him to join Studio De Lucchi as a Partner, where he assumed responsibility for the Olivetti Design Group.
In 1998 Michele De Lucchi, Nicholas Bewick and Torsten Fritze established Studio & Partners as new vehicle for their collaboration and since 2010 he is the company’s sole owner. Torsten has a keen interest in contemporary art and has collaborated on projects with Anish Kapoor and Tony Cragg. His academic and research activity includes the European Commisson’s I-Cube project and various teaching assignments amongst them as a visiting professor at the HfbK Hamburg. He is a frequent Design prize juror on the IF awards and recently on the IDSA awards in the US.