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. Kamp has created countless objects and spaces; some for commercial clients such as Air New Zealand, BoConcept, and Microsoft, some for individuals, and many simply for experimentation.
In 2012, Kamp cofounded his first 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 left Think & Shift to establish KAMP.studio - a platform to develop his own aesthetic signature and approach to object and spatial design. The designer 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 including Era - a 3D printed solid bronze pen designed to be cherished forever - and the particularly popular 3D printed porcelain Press coffee brewer. The family of made-to-order products was featured in innumerable digital and print publications, exhibited in New Zealand and Japan and sold in small numbers to buyers around the world.
Building on his research in digital craft, Kamp recently founded White Light - a lighting design and production lab creating customisable 3D printed pendant lights. White Light has since been acquired by Australasian online furniture retailer The Clever and Kamp’s first line of products will relaunch under their brand in late 2018.
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 most recently 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. His first complete project in Hong Kong is Brut, a small fine food and natural wine restaurant boasting a highly textured combination of custom furniture, ceramics and unfinished walls designed to create an experience of ‘raw luxury’.
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, bio farming father and a convention challenging, business strategist mother, Daniel had defiance baked into him at a young age. His rebellious streak often landed him in conflict with authoritative figures and led to his expulsion from boarding school at age 17.
After barely surviving high school, Kamp went on to study Design Innovation majoring in Industrial Design, at Victoria University of Wellington. While studying he learned to channel his discontent for 'what is' and passion for 'what could be' as powerful inspiration for design. Here began his career as a professional creative.