maximilian helmut ewert is an industrial designer from munich, germany. beside his own projects he worked for studio eric degenhardt industrial design. the scope of his work ranges from furniture to lighting and products of everyday use as well as interior design >>>


shift bench



[handy wooden bench]

shift bench is a small yet very practical bench made of solid ash wood. It consists of the seating surface and the two legs, which are fastened by 4 screws. Due to the simple construction of only three parts, the bench can be transported and stored in a flat pack. In addition, the production is very efficient due to only two different parts. The cut-out on the underside reduces the weight and enables a stable grip when lifting the flexible piece of furniture. Sit on it to eat, use it to work, put on your sneakers or place your favourite books and flowers.




[trays,tablets & stackers]

+100 is a set of trays, tablets and stackers. They can be used individually or complemented with each other and thus playfully encourage combining and arranging. They are not only suitable for office items or other bits and bobs, but can also be used for serving or displaying. Milled from solid wood, the parts consist of only one material. The shape attracts through the interplay of precise lines and functional volumes.





[alternative way of producing and consuming new products]

open-source building instructions are made available on the own website, which can then be rebuilt by the customer‘s own hands without the need for special expertise or tools. all the necessary products, semi-finished and finished parts can be purchased at the local hardware store and then assembled at home. in this way, assembling and supporting the project with one‘s own hands creates a sense of belonging and an increased appreciation of the product, but also of the environment. things already provided by industry, such as a cartridge from dry construction, flower pots, rain barrels and standard aluminum profiles get a new use.





[modular lamp]

by flattening one side of the classic conical shape of a lampshade, a functional surface was created that, on the one hand, allows for easy assembly as both a wall-mounted and free-standing luminaire and, on the other hand, creates space for the electronics, which are housed exclusively inside the shade. looking at the production, expensive mechanics and adhesives are not needed. instead, the sensually reinterpreted lampshade can be moved and tilted by it's own weight and mechanical friction on the restrained frame.


trestle chair



[healthy posture by flexible seating]

trestle chair is a flexible piece of seating furniture that offers various seating positions, ergonomically supporting the user in his or her sitting position and thus stimulating a new and healthy human-seating interaction. the design of the seating furniture is based on a trestle and is complemented by a multifunctional backrest. the long & narrow seat with its unconventional shape invites to think about the possibilities of use and to discover sitting positions. a striking feature is the console-like surface that extends beyond the backrest and serves as a standing seat in the standing position. 





[modular shelving system]

s_01 is a modular shelving system made of galvanised sheet steel. the system consists of only one module and can be stacked on top of and next to each other as often as required. the plug-in system enables intuitive assembly and disassembly without additional tools or connectors. it can be used as office furniture to store files and office utensils, but also offers the possibility to insert a clothes rail between two modules.


eat easy



[sustainable packaging]

the design for the paper spoon eat easy was created with the background of raising awareness for a sustainable approach to our environment. the paper spoon is part of the label and can be folded into a spoon after it has been detached. this playfully encourages the user to separate the packaging waste. by separating the paper label from the cup, one separates the plastic waste from the paper waste and so has a spoon to enjoy one‘s yoghurt on the go.


maximilian helmut ewert (*1994) is an industrial designer from munich, germany. in 2022 he finished his master´s degree at the folkwang university of the arts in essen. during his studies he worked as a teacher for the akademie ruhr, where he coached and supported industrial companies in their creative processes. in this way he was able to gain experience and impressions from a wide range of industries, such as the furniture industry or packaging and exhibition industry. besides own projects he worked as a freelance designer for the studio eric degenhardt industrial design in cologne.


his designs for furniture, lighting and objects for everyday life are defined by clear aesthetics, sharp lines, functional geometry and charming details. In addition to functional and aesthetic criteria, the designs strive for a lasting and emotional bond between object and user that raises awareness and encourages new interactions. In doing so, his work always reflects an intensive exploration of the formal essence of function.



2023 german design award newcomer


2022 german design award newcomer



2022/06 salone del mobile, milano

2019/09 folkwang finale, essen

2018/07 folkwang rundgang, essen


100 geniale Zeichentricks, emf

© maximilian helmut ewert 2022