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Paul Stawenow

MA work

The REBIRTH-Project

The Project PHOENIX aims to create a joyful and sustainable way to dispose of small electronic appliances. 

Disposing of electronics is not easy. Existing systems are complicated and inconvenient. Only a small percentage of our especially small electronic appliances are recycled and the rest often end up in the general waste bin ending life in landfills. Each year many valuable resources are lost and hazardous substances are released into the environment.

Project PHOENIX is based on the belief that ideation to disposal methods is a key consideration in the design process. PHOENIX proposes a design strategy to simplify the recycling of electronics. It is a label that ensures that electronics are designed with their end in mind.

Simple and clever mechanisms inside PHOENIX products enable the user to separate the electronic parts from the casing in an effortless and delightful way. During their separation the electronics are packaged in a already addressed envelope. The remaining parts can go into the domestic recycling bin, the electronics into the next letter box and back to the manufacturer.


  • Paul Stawenow
  • MA Degree


    School of Design


    MA Innovation Design Engineering, 2014

  • I believe that designing is an inclusive action. It cannot stand alone but needs to be the link between different disciplines because all these disciplines affect the lives of the people we design for. 

    Being a German-educated Industrial Designer I followed my interests in the synergy of engineering and design and joined the double master's course Innovation Design Engineering at the Royal College of Art and Imperial College London.
    My work includes product and experience design as well as installation design. I am particularly interested in involving emerging technologies to create interdisciplinary and pioneering design solutions without losing sight of the people I actually design for.

    I enjoy breaking fresh ground and being challenged by projects which require a leap into the unknown. Learning something new satisfies me most after all.

  • Degrees

  • BA Industrial Design, Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design Halle, 2012
  • Experience

  • Installation design internship, Jason Bruges Studio, London, 2013; Industrial design internship, Teams Design, Hamburg, 2012; Transportation design internship, IFS Design, Berlin, 2010; Industrial design internship, Gotha Design GmbH, Gotha, 2007
  • Exhibitions

  • Work-in-progress Show, Royal College of Art, 2014; Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering Award Ceremony, Tate Modern, London 2013; Rio Tinto Sport Innovation Challenge, Object Gallery, Sydney, 2013; Rio Tinto Sport Innovation Challenge, Imperial College, London, 2013; Materialica, Trade Fair Munich, 2010; Automotive Trade Fair, Leipzig, 2010
  • Awards

  • First Prize, Autodesk Design Award Shell Eco-Marathon, 2010 ; Recommendation, Materialica Student Design Award, 2010; Finalist, Digital Innovation Contest Sport - Technology Strategy Board, 2013