Stefan Fink

Looking at his background reveals some secrets around Stefan Fink's work: He has graduated as an industrial designer, but before that he has learned the trade of a carpenter and turner. The foundation for Fink's unique work is this unusual combination of traditional craftsmanship and a profound knowledge of contemporary design.

Wood turners are a "vanishing breed" among today's crafts. That makes Fink's work even more remarkable, because his writing utensils and pieces of furniture last for more than a lifetime. His design evolves around masterly turned and carpentered woods. Fink's attentiveness in planning and making, his serenity celebrating the natural material of his woods, the functionality of the finished objects and how all these parts form a whole – Fink's attitude is reminiscent of certain properties of Asian Zen arts. Those who have met him, know that this is not a coincidence.

Stefan Fink has received several awards and honorings for his work. His fountain pen "Albatros" is included in the collection of the "Pinakothek der Moderne" in Munich; the draft pens "Storch" and "Star" can be found in the "Museum für Angewandte Kunst" in Frankfurt.


1958: Born in Hamburg
1974 - 1977: Turner years with Werner Nehring in Hamburg
1977 - 1982: Journeyman years in various workshops
1982 - 1988: Design studies at Hochschule für Bildende Künste, Hamburg
since 1987: Own workshop in Hamburg

Works in Museums

Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg
Schleswig-Holsteinisches Landesmuseum, Schloß Gottorf, Schleswig
Museum der Arbeit, Hamburg
Museum für angewandte Kunst, Frankfurt
Die Neue Sammlung, Staatliches Museum für angewandte Kunst, München


1991 : Förderpreis of Adk and Gedok
2004 : Bayerischer Staatspreis
2005 : Justus Brinckmann Preis

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