Trained as architects and urban designers, Sofia Hagen and Lisa Hinderdael pursue a creative approach that explores the relationship of immersive art and biophilic design. Merging sustainable materials with traditional craftsmanship and innovative technology, they produce elements, feature installations, and placemaking schemes that push the boundaries of engineering whilst bearing the incentive of a continuous afterlife.
As a creative practice, beyond their conceptual visions they are also fundamentally grounded in how to be earth-conscious designers of the future: always designing with the ethos of a circular economy in mind. From the business vision where all installations are made up of products to allow for a continuous afterlife, to their research and development arm into how to integrate the latest technologies within their designs: HagenHinderdael aim to inspire future generations into what we can do when we think outside of the box and bring our narrative full circle.
With a background in architecture and interior design, Sofia focuses on the creative conception of HagenHinderdael’s products and installations. An avid public speaker with an engaging personality, she is responsible for the company’s business development and marketing strategy.
Whilst launching HagenHinderdael, Sofia practiced as a Senior Design Lead at Heatherwick Studios focusing on the Interior and Product Design for international retail and hospitality projects. Concurrently, she developed expertise on immersive installations in her role as a 3D experience designer for Bompas and Parr. Prior to this she was Design Director at Design Haus Liberty, responsible for the design development of numerous interiors and installation projects in the UK and Europe, as well as 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 DHL, 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 delivery of HagenHinderdael’s products and installations. With an eye for detail, she is responsible for turning the HagenHinderdael ideas into reality – resolving the technical design of products and project managing installations from concept through to completion. She also oversees the operations and finance at HagenHinderdael and is actively involved in the early stages of conceptual designs to ensure buildability and affordability.
Prior to launching HagenHinderdael, Lisa was Operations Partner at Design Haus Liberty where she was responsible for the running of both the 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.