Annette Hinterwirth

Born in 1967, Annette Hinterwirth grew up in Gmunden, Austria. After graduating in Business Administration she expanded her design knowledge and skills as an autodidact attending selected classes at the UCLA, Los Angeles and at the Technical University, Vienna. In the art departments of Hollywood productions such as 'Seven Years in Tibet' or 'Project Peacemaker' Annette's passion for Set Design was started. After moving to New York she began to work with several of the most progressive and renowned photographers. She collaborated with Terry Richardson, Alexei Hay, Matthias Vriens, Steven Klein, Shu Akashi, Todd Eberle, Elfie Semotan, and many others. As a set designer Annette Hinterwirth contributed to numerous campaigns of well known international brands and magazines including Vogue, ID, Marie Claire, Dazed and many more. At the same time Annette started to pursue her career as a lighting and furniture designer. Her first objects and designs were soon available at Totem Design, Breukelen, C.I.T.E. and other international design stores. Returning to Europe Annette focused on her next project, the Walljewels, a series of light objects inspired by glamorous jewelry designs from the 1940's to 1960's. Pacific Burton, El Santo Royale and other crystal covered wall-lamps with leather, fur and jewelry elements came to life in a cooperation with Swarovski. An exhibition at Colette in Paris started the first walljewels for Europe. In May 2006 Annette Hinterwirth originated the concept of THE STASH. The idea behind this concept was to create a seating element that has everything you need to relax already there in a very private way - A sofa with a multitude of pockets, zippers and bags that seduces you to treasure, gather and hide things. It was awarded prizes by Vitra Belgium and The Interieur Foundation at the international design competition 'Design for Europe' at the Interieur in Kortrijk. Her latest piece, CARNABY, is an evolution of the Stash idea. This chaiselongue for two comes with a backpillow with integrated bags and pockets for magazins, remote controls, phone and many more. This stylish way to relax was presented at the Salone del mobile in Milan 2007. The CARNABY Chaislongue set the beginning of a great collaboration with Minotti and is the first of a collection to follow.