Following their backgrounds in architecture and interiors, the designers Sofia Hagen and Lisa Hinderdael, pursue a design approach that explores the relationship of lighting and large scale installations in immersive environments. Merging their abilities as designers with the material knowledge and craftsmanship of local artisans and cutting-edge technology, the designers produce elements and installations that push the boundaries of engineering whilst bearing the incentive of a continuous afterlife.
HagenHinderdael’s ethos is to celebrate long-established craftsmanship and always think about the lifecycle of the installations. From the sourcing down to the afterlife, each installation has its own journey that is sustainably sourced and locally manufactured. In temporary installations, wherever possible, a product is developed as the singular unit of the design – creating a unique way for the pieces to be re-used and distributed afterwards.
With a background in architecture and interior design, Sofia focuses on the creative conception of HagenHinderdael’s interactive installations. An avid public speaker with an engaging personality, she is responsible for the company’s business development and marketing strategy. Sofia regularly represents the studio at international design fairs and events.
Prior to launching HagenHinderdael, Sofia was Design Partner at Design Haus Liberty. She was responsible for the design development of numerous interior architecture and installation projects in the UK and Europe. Sofia’s entrepreneurial spirit was key for establishing the firm’s presence in the Chinese market by overseeing a 1.5 million sqft interior architecture project for a leading fashion company in Guangzhou. Before joining Design Haus Liberty, Sofia gained interdisciplinary experience in architecture, interior, exhibition and graphic design at Zaha Hadid Architects, Acme Space and Make, designing commercial, cultural and residential projects in the UK, the Middle East and China.
Sofia trained in architectural design under the aegis of Zaha Hadid at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, where she graduated with a Masters in Architecture in 2008, followed by a traineeship as interior designer at Odile Decq Architects, Paris.
Trained in architecture and urban design, Lisa focuses on the creative vision of HagenHinderdael’s lighting range. With an eye for detail and delivery, she is responsible for turning the HagenHinderdael ideas into reality – resolving the technical design of products and providing the studio’s logistical management. She also oversees operations and finances.
Prior to launching HagenHinderdael, Lisa was Operations Partner at Design Haus Liberty where she was responsible for the running of both architecture and lighting business. This double outlet allowed her to foster her creative passion for light and installation design and led to her starting her own lighting business inspired by nature and its geometries. Lisa designed the award-winning teardrop light and has managed the design and delivery of several bespoke installations including Simorg at Cardiff Stadium 2018, Dewfall at the Venice Biennale 2016, and Mercury at South Bank Tower 2015. Her luxury lighting designs can be found across several high-end brands including Cartier, the Four Seasons, and the Waldorf Astoria.
Lisa graduated with a Masters in Architecture in Urban Design from London’s Bartlett School of Architecture in 2012. She was a traveling scholar to the Veneto in 2010.