Sofia Hagen

Founder , Sofia Hagen Ltd

Sofia Hagen leads an award-winning creative practice working at the intersection of art, design and tech to create 3D-printed sculptural products and installations. The practice has built a reputation for blending highend design with cutting-edge technology and advanced biomaterial research. Merging recycled materials with traditional craftsmanship and innovative technology, Sofia Hagen produces elements, feature installations, and placemaking schemes that push the boundaries of engineering whilst bearing the incentive of a continuous, sustainable afterlife. Sofia Hagen's practice remains committed to designing for a circular economy to reshape debates on product, consumption and the place of creativity within. Prior to launching her own studio, Sofia Hagen was cofounder of HagenHinderdael, a practice that received critical attention for its use of cutting-edge technology and advanced material research to create high-end design products. As creative director at HH, she led the creative conception and design development of the practice's 3D-printed products and installations, working closely with digital fabrication specialists and material scientists globally. A highly versatile practitioner with keen business acumen, she worked from product design to interior and largescale architectural developments at some of the leading names in the industry, including Zaha Hadid Architects, Heatherwick Studios, Design Haus Liberty, Acme Space, David Collins Studio, Bompas and Parr, and Make. Austrian-Polish, 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.