Judge in Profile: Furniture Designer Gesa Hansen

May 16, 2014 4:00 PM

BY Meredith Swinehart

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German-born, Paris-based Gesa Hansen is a furniture designer who comes from a long lineage of German and Scandinavian designers. She studied in Japan and at the Bauhaus University in Germany, and later worked in Paris for Jean Nouvel Atelier. In 2009, she started her own design company, The Hansen Family, and produces a range of Scandi-inflected wooden furniture that’s made in Germany, not far from where she grew up. 

For more, see A Scandi Furniture Designer at Home in Paris

Above: Gesa Hansen is judging our Best Bath Space (Amateur) category. 

8 Things to Know About Gesa

Cities Lived In: Ense, Germany; New York, Tokyo, Paris.

Favorite Shop: Right now, it’s the La Trésorerie at 1 Rue Du Château D’Eau in Paris.

Favorite Restaurant: Le Richer, at 2 Rue Richer in Paris.

Favorite Artist: Iza Genzken. (Photograph via Contemporary Art Daily.)

Favorite Work of Architecture: Deutsche Oper Berlin.

Biggest Design Influence: Charlotte Perriand. (A stool designed by Perriand in 1955, above.)

Last Item I Bought for My House: A Vase from Milia Seyppel.

Latest DIY Project: My do-it-yourself lamp for Sueddeutsche Magazin.

For more, follow Gesa on Twitter and Pinterest, and The Hansen Family on Facebook.