Photos: Christoph Wimmer-Ruelland; Vienna Design Week: Kollektiv Fischka/Podesser
Julia Schwarz  is an investigative experience designer with a focus on food futures and nature based materials. Lichens and stones are one of the core materials which also inspire her practice. Furthermore her interested relies on the intersection of design, society and science. Therefore she creates concepts, experiences and tools to explore possible futures.
Julia studied industrial design and design investigations at the University of applied Arts Vienna, AUT under the mentorship of Fiona Raby (dunneandraby) and Anab Jain (superflux), tangible interaction design at the Arkitektur og Designhogskole in Oslo, NO - master programs. By working in and with leading design companies in Austria, Germany, the Netherlands and Scandinavia, so as at the design research institute Fabrica in Italy she gained international experience to form her practice.

In 2018 Julia presented the speculative docu-fiction ‘Unseen Edible - lichen as a source of nutrition’ as her diploma work which set a basis for her practice. The starting point for her current practice and design research into lichens. In that year she was a winner of the Urban Food Design Challenge by the Austrian Business Agency and the Vienna Design Week. Furthermore she was selected as one of the ‘world’s best design graduate’ by Design Indaba, World Design Events and Dutch Design Week. 2019 Julia got selected amongst the ‘Icon Design 100 Talents to watch’ and through the project ‘Unseen Edible’ lichen was featured in the Top Future 100 by JWT among the hot new ingredients. 2020 Julia was involved in the course development of Food & Design for the New Design University in Austria, where she is now a main tutor and supervisor for the Food & Design class. 2022 she founded the explorative design studio SIMIÆN with her partner Lisi Penker, together with ten design colleagues  ‘Design in Gesellschaft’ a space for collaborating, creating ideas and exhibitions.
Right now based in Vienna:

Food Futures Products
SIMIÆN - design studio

Design in Gesellschaft

NDU - New Design University, Food & Design
Course development & lecturer for the food & design project development

Stein Schwarz GmbH 
Product Design & Development. Art Direction

other clients and partners: Rado, Warner Bros, Red Cross, Fedor Holz , Mt-Kosmus, Hiramo, DIFD, Museum Rijswijk, Material Connections, etc

Currently and upcoming: 

PODCAST: Vienna Business Agency, Podcast by Visionistas about Unseen Edibles. You can listen here

PUBLICATIONS - read & listen:
Dezeen // Mold // Monocle // Springwise Intelligence // Wallpaper // The Daily Telegraph // Pearlfisher
Domus // die Presse // Euronews // AECOC Innovation Hub // Arts Thread // Elle Decor // Arts Thread // Archipanic 

Biorama // Studio International // Alaxon // Dis up! // Trendhunter // Trendhunter Top 100 // Fontys Academy
Ppaper // 
Naver  // Insight // Elle // Stylist // Gondola Magazine // Gulfnews // Vesti Russia //  ORF

Brabant Celebrates Food // Meter Magazine // Wiener Zeitung // Trendwelten // Montecristo Magazine //

Air Canada // KtchnRebel // Cámera de Comercio de Bogotá // damnmagazine // trendland // archpaper 

The Dutch Institute of Food and Design // Design Indaba // Vienna Business Agency // Undesignit // Stadtfabrik // A List//
Parnass // haeckels //Südtiroler Fachmagazin // rahn group  // le journal des arts // next nature  // The Monopolitan // lejournaldesarts //arch paper // kunstforum // sophiecarree // etapes

ONLY PRINT: Hanni Rützler's Food Report 2020 // Metatrend Report 2019 (South Korea) // Lamono Magazine Barcelona // Wohndesign (Germany) // Cyprus Today // Parnass

Unseen Edible was also shown in different educational formats:
e.g. University of Graz, University of Vienna, UNSW Sydney


Roadstories at University of Applied Arts ,Vienna 2022
Harvest Futurescape, Hebei Industrial Design Week + SZIDF, China, 2021
Mycota - London Design Festival, UK 2021
Vienna Design Week, Urban Food 2021

Vienna Design Week, Design in Gesellschaft 2021
Biennale for Change, MAK, Vienna 2021
Talk: Food Futures and investigative Design, NDU St. Pölten, 2020
Serial Eater and Plant Fever, CID Belgium, Grand-Hornu 2020
Edible Futures, Canada (Museum of Agriculture Ottawa, IDS Vancouver, IDS Toronto) 2019/2020

Precious Paradise, Museum Rijswijk, Den Hague 2020
A-List - Lichen Experience Dinner 2019
Round Table Food Futures, Vienna Designweek 2019
Talk: Permakultur Austria, Vienna 2019
EAT Festival, Biotopia Naturkundemuseum, Munich 2019
Rado Starprize Austria 2019, Unexpected Expressive, Vienna 2019
Dutch Embassy of Food (DIFD), Edible Invisible - 2018
Dutch Design Week, het Veem & Antenna Expo - 2018
Vienna Design Week - 2018
Vienna Design Biennale - Design for Agency 2017
AHO Works Exhibition, Oslo 2015/2016
Elvelangs Lightfestival Oslo 2015 
Salon Jardin Vienna, Vienna 2015
The Essence, Vienna 2013, 2014, 2015, 2018
Shanghai Design Biennale - Urban Change 2014
Chelsea Fringe - exhibition and conference, Vienna 2014

Icon Design: 100 Talenti del 2019 nel Mondo del Progetto ( Top 10 of Food Design) 
Top Future 100: 2019, by JWT intelligence company ( Top 10 of Food Design) 
Antenna Conference - World’s Best Design Graduates, by Design Indaba & Dutch Design Week, 2018
Winner Urban Food Design Challenge, by Vienna Business Agency & Vienna Design Week 2018
ARTist grant of the University of Applied Arts 2018
Recognition Award of the Province of Burgenland 2018
Scholarship of Excellence 2013


2012- 2018 Mag. des. ind. (MA) 
University Of Applied Arts Vienna
2016-2018: Design Investigations - Studio Anab Jain (Superflux) 
2012-2016: Industrial Design - Studio Fiona Raby (Dunne&Raby) 
2015 - 2016
Arkitektur og Designhogskole Oslo (AHO)
Tangible Interaction Design, Master Course 
2007 - 2012
College for Product Management & Presentation (Austria)

Julia Schwarz
Food Futures & Experience Design
Engerthstraße 124, Hinterhaus 
1200 Wien

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