"Johannes is fast and omnivorous. A multitasking hero. He is extremely sensitive and able to express himself without words. His graphic idiom is very clean-cut and his three-dimensional perception excellent.”
— Alberto Zontone, former Commercial Director, Moroso
CREATIVITY without LIMITS
The founder and vision behind Johannes Torpe Studios, Danish designer Johannes Torpe is an unconventional creative in every way imaginable. Guided by the believe that we do our best work when we pursue things that move us, Johannes Torpe is an advocate for an unrestrained and intuitive approach to design and life in general.
A playful world-citizen
Johannes left school at the age of 12 to play the drums and is completely self-taught as a creative practitioner. His playful attitude has made him a pioneer in the world of lifestyle, design and immersive branding experiences. For over 20 years he has helped clients worldwide build and strengthen their brands with thought-provoking solutions in concept design, interior design and industrial design.
Having worked in most areas of the world Johannes' practice has achieved a universality that speaks for itself. His vast experience and diverse portfolio reveal a fearless approach to the business of design. To him creativity is neither confined to disciplines nor industries. This mindset allows him to share unique insights into the creative industries on both a personal and a professional level.
'Rock star' attitude
A speech or lecture by Johannes Torpe is a visual experience with an abundance of photos and videos. His ‘rock star’ attitude always engages and entertains the audience leaving them invigorated and the content inspires and provides food for thought.
This short teaser from his his keynote at Business of Design Week in Hong Kong in 2012 gives you an idea about his stage presence.
Johannes reports on everything from his intuition-driven design process, to creative leadership in general, the pitfalls and benefits of running a relationship-driven business and how he addresses the Chinese market and communicates with clients across cultural boundaries. He also generously shares anecdotes from his unconventional and free-spirited upbringing in a hippie commune in Denmark in the 70's and thoughtfully connects this to where he is today.
“To share my story about the hippie kid from Denmark who left school at the age of 12 to follow his passion for music and later – without any formal training - became a designer with his own international company and moved on to become the first Group Creative Director for Bang & Olufsen is a privilege. I am humbled by the responses I get from students and professionals alike who in my personal story find inspiration and courage to trust their intuition”, he explains.
He shares his story with honesty and humour and it is a personal mission for him to connect with his audience.
“On behalf of BJDW we are delighted to have Johannes with us this year again. Johannes' well known multi-disciplinary approach and dynamic personality also makes him the perfect speaker to instantly click with the audience.”
— Yanling, Curator at Wholis Design Fest, Beijing Design Week 2017 / Chairman for Open Heart Design Alliance
"Johannes was a delight to work with throughout all stages of the event, when delivering his speech he acquired instant rapport with the audience and kept them highly engaged with his charisma and intelligent case studies."
— Carly Bakewell, Operations Manager, Brand Forum, Connect Events
“Johannes Torpe’s profoundly human, humane and humanistic approach to design is exactly what the industry needs. A presentation from him covers large areas of insight and inspiration that one would not normally associate with design, but hearing Johannes, it makes perfect sense. Delivering not so much a presentation, more a performance, his focus on creativity stems from an abiding interest in and compassion for people. Definitely a designer for the new age.”
- Aidan Walker, Programme Director, Design Shanghai / AD China Forum 2017
"It was a great and inspiring pleasure to have Johannes Torpe open our spring term at The Royal Academy, School of Design. A great number of students and staff turned up for a 1,5 hour long tour de force through Johannes inspiring and vivid universe and the history of how he came to be what he is today. I find it very important that the young students meet and sense the real world in terms of key design players as Johannes Torpe and listen to how a career can be shaped. On top of this, the work he has manifested is beautiful and bullseye in the present day design agenda. "
- Tine Kjølsen, Head of School of Design, KADK
“Johannes Torpe was a truly valuable addition to our 2015 line-up. His high energy and contagious enthusiasm for the field of experience design sparked an interesting conversation on stage and with the attendees. Torpe is a refreshingly unconventional man that we are happy to invite back to future events.”
— Melissa Chan, Conference Producer, Creative Futures
“Thank you for sharing your inimitable style, sparkling insights, and gracious spirit with our students, who draw inspiration from your keen business acumen. Thanks to you, our students will heed their intuitions, creating magical and story-driven designs that celebrate the human spirit.”
— Paula Wallace, SCAD President and Founder