"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


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. 


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Over the years, Johannes Torpe has spoken at several key events such as Hong Kong Business of Design Week, International New York Times Luxury Conference, TedX, Stockholm Design Week, The Sleep Event, Creative Futures, 100% Design, World Retail Summit, Fifteen Seconds Festival, Design Shanghai and Beijing Design Week as well as given inspirational speeches for Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG Architects), IBM and HUGO BOSS.