Daniel Kamp is a multidisciplinary product and spatial designer hailing from New Zealand and based in Hong Kong. With projects spanning furniture, lighting, objects, and interiors, the designer’s diverse practice is anchored by a sophisticated sculptural minimalism and a fascination with intersections between the industrial and the organic.
At just 27 years of age, Kamp’s work has featured in blogs, magazines, and books all around the world including important design publications such as Habitus, Elle and Design Boom. His projects have received awards in New Zealand and Italy, he has been a key note speaker at various design conferences and his work has been exhibited and sold in New Zealand, Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong and Japan. In his seven years of professional practice Kamp has created countless objects and spaces; some for commercial clients such as Air New Zealand and Microsoft, some for individuals, and many simply for experimentation.
In 2012, Kamp co-founded the design studio, Think & Shift. During his three years as Creative Director, the studio evolved from a small furniture design house to the holistic product and spatial design brand that it is today. At Think & Shift, Kamp designed retail, workplaces, installations, hospitality spaces, lighting, consumer products and more. His works received a Platinum Award from the International A’ Design Awards in Italy, as well as four Best Awards and nine finalist placings from the Designer’s institute of New Zealand.
In 2016 the designer established KAMP.studio to develop his own aesthetic signature and approach to design. He spent much of the following year experimenting with how additive manufacturing might be combined with handcraft to create unique finished products. This experimentation culminated in a collection of homewares produced using unique combinations of 3D printing and traditional processes. The family of made-to-order products was featured in many publications, exhibited in New Zealand and Japan and sold in small numbers to buyers around the world.
In parallel to projects under his own brands, Daniel Kamp has also worked as a design innovation consultant to well known companies since 2013. He has consulted on spatial design for The University of Auckland, collaborated with experts to develop a city-wide wayfinding system for Auckland Transport, and worked with Air New Zealand to help them imagine the future of spaces and customer experience in airports.
In 2017 Kamp relocated his practice to Hong Kong, to form a base from which he can focus on projects in Asia. Since, he has worked on several interior design projects and completed gallery exhibitions showing his sculptural furniture series ‘A Crude Coiexistance’.
Daniel Kamp was born in rural Rotorua and raised working on farms, and skating in cities around New Zealand's North Island. The son of an eccentric, entrepreneurial father and a strong, convention challenging mother, Daniel inherited a rebellious streak that often landed him in conflict with authoritative figures.
After his expulsion from boarding school at age 17, Kamp went on to study Design Innovation majoring in Industrial Design, at Victoria University of Wellington. While studying, he learnt to channel his discontent for 'what is' into creative inspiration for 'what could be'. Here began his career of making.