“My biggest drive is people. I feel very blessed to be working with some of the most talented people in the business. Together we redefine what a creative studio is and can do. It is truly inspiring and I can honestly say there is never a dull day in our studio.”
— Johannes Torpe
The founder and vision behind Johannes Torpe Studios, Danish designer Johannes Torpe is an unconventional and self-trained creative in every way imaginable. Working in the fields of interior, product, lighting and graphic design, while also producing music and playing the drums, he is not one to conform to established boundaries. He simply calls himself a design activist, dedicated to telling compelling and authentic stories through creativity and design.
As creative director of the studio, he infuses the team with his energy, intuitive approach and comprehensive experience from the many aspects of the design and creative industries he has worked in. He channels his unorthodox approach into building the best team in his studio and creating an environment where the designers and projects can grow to reach their full potential.
Johannes Torpe additionally conducts creative consultancy work for brands. Most recently he worked with renowned high-end consumer electronics brand Bang & Olufsen as their first ever Group Creative Director from 2011 to 2015.
In 2015 and 2016 Torpe was engaged in a research fellowship at Westminster University in London, where he explored the different drivers of change that exist within a creative workplace and the challenges and strengths within a relationship-based business model.
Awarded a Fellowship at the Department of Architecture at Westminster University, London.
MyTable, designed for Hayworth is the first furniture to be sold on Apple Store.
Appointed the first ever Group Creative Director for Bang & Olufsen.
Receives Royal Danish Design Award together with his brother Rune Reilly Kölsch for the sofa "Mormor", designed for HAY.
Receives Danish Music Award Together with his brother Rune Reilly Kölsch for the single “Calabria".
NASA nighclub opens. The first official interior design project by Johannes Torpe. The project is featured in more than 150 publications world wide.
Founds lighting design company Fatfish. The company was sold including employees in 1998.
Nominated one of Architectural Digest’s Top 100 Talents in Architecture and Interior Design operating in China.
Opens WangTorpe Studios in Beijing together with Chinese entrepreneur XiaofeiWang.
The single “Calabria 2007” hits #1 on U.S. Billboard’s Hot Dance Airplay and #46 on U.S. Billboard Hot 100. Johannes tours USA together with his brother DJ Rune Reilly Kölsch under the name ENUR.
Appointed External Industrial Design Director for SKYPE.
Establishes partnership with creative agency Avenue20 in Padova.
Founds Johannes Torpe Studios.
Born in Skanderborg, Denmark. Johannes learns to harness his creativity at an early age. Growing up in the free-thinking commune of Thy, in the north of Jutland, he is free to pick up paintbrushes and drumsticks, in a playful spirit that has not left him to this day. He leaves for the capital at the age of 12.