Rombout Frieling loves to tackle challenges of physical interaction.
With a broad interest and expertise ranging from the design of systems, products and interactions to engineering, research and business, Rombout is able to navigate new territory quickly and lead complex processes, integrating rich insights into successful designs.
His clients range from industrial companies such as Merck, Vodafone, KONE, Siemens, Nestlé, P&G and Heineken to universities, city governments and cultural institutions.
Rombout is keen to collaborate and, having worked around the globe, he connects to a large international network. His work has resulted in various products and systems in use by people every day, and has been exhibited at venues like the Venice Biennale.
Rombout started to move in the Netherlands in 1983.
He studied design, engineering and philosophy in Eindhoven, Tilburg and at Stanford University before graduating on 'the choreoraphical potential of design' with commendation and distinction from the Royal College of Art and Imperial College London.
Rombout previously worked with leading design consultancies as well as with usability professor Donald Norman. He co-founded IKAWA coffee and he was creative director of the Intelligent Lighting Institute of Eindhoven University of Technology and Philips, while also directing the GLOW Forum for Light & Architecture. The Royal College of Art appointed Rombout as Dyson Innovation Fellow and he served as external examiner at Design Academy Eindhoven.
When not making, Rombout climbs on skis over mountains or flies a kite over the sea.
GB1018349.9 - Coffee brewing method
GB0885072.2 - A system and method for raising and lowering people
GB0803045.4 - A seat that emerges when someone sits down in it
vertical walking, axis magazine, spring 2017
ikawa coffee roasting machines are set to create a stir, the guardian, may 2014
philips design hq, eindhoven, 2016
ucsd designlab, san diego, 2015
creative heroes award, 2019
braun prize nominee, 2009
james dyson innovation fellowship, 2008, 2009
royal college of art selected work, 2008