Jerszy Seymour is a designer working in the most expanded sense of the field. He sees design as the creation of situations, as the general relationship we have with the built world, the natural world, other people and ourselves, and as much about the inhabitation of the planet as the inhabitation of the mind. The goal is the transformation of reality guided by constant humour and a tainted sense of poetry and the idea of the NON-GESAMT GESAMTKUNSTWERK.
His work spans from playing with the industrial and post-industrial produced object, actions, interventions and installations, covering a range of mediums and materials, objects, film, performance, music and writing.

He was born in Berlin in 1968 to a Canadian mother and German father who were both ballet dancers. He grew up in London during the eclectic roller coaster of the eighties, where he studied at South Bank Polytechnic (1987 – 1990) and industrial design at the Royal College of Art (1991 – 1993). Shortly after this he moved to Milan and started his own indepenent projects, including ‘House in a Box’ in 2002, ‘Scum’ in 2003, and the clothing concept ‘Tape’ in 2003.
In 2004, Seymour moved to Berlin where he formed the Jerszy Seymour Design Workshop and embarked upon a series of conceptual projects seeking to revitalize the position of design within society. In 2005 he created the ‘Brussels Brain’ installation, (Design Brussels), and, in 2007, the exhibition ‘Living Systems’ (Vitra Design Museum) to investigate the individual economy. In 2008 the installation ‘The First Supper’ (MAK, Vienna) proposed the possibility of an ‘amateur’ society; this was followed by ‘Salon des Amateurs’ (Marta Herford, 2009) and the ‘Coalition of Amateurs’ (MUDAM, Luxembourg, 2009). He was also invited to show a retrospective of his work at Villa Noailles (France), creating the exhibition ‘Being There’. These and other ongoing experimental and conceptual projects form the central thrust of his work. Parallel to this he also designed products and strategies for companies including Magis, Vitra, Alessi. Seymour is represented by CRONE Gallerie in Berlin and Gallery Kreo in Paris.
His work has been exhibited in many museums worldwide, including the Design Museum in London, the Vitra Design Museum in Basel and Berlin and the Palais de Tokyo. His work can be found in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the ‘Fonds National d’ Art Contemporain’ France, the Centre Pompidou, Paris, the MAK in Vienna and the ´Musee d´Art Grand-Duc Jean´ in Luxembourg.
As an integral part of the philosophy of the Workshop, he teaches and gives workshops at the Royal College of Art in London, the Domus Academy in Milan, the ECAL in Lausanne, the HfG in Karlsruhe, HBK Saarbrucken, the Vitra Design Workshops in France, UdK in Berlin, and the Strelka Institute, Moscow. 
In 2000 he was presented with the Dedalus Award for European Design and he received the Taro Okamoto Memorial Award for Contemporary Art in 2003. As a realization of the Amateur projects, Jerszy Seymour created 2011 the program and is director of ‘The Dirty Art Department’, the new Applied Art and Design Masters at the Sandberg Institute/Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam together with Catherine Geel, Stephane Barbier Bouvet, and Clemence Seilles.

Life on Planet Orsimanirana, MK&G, Hamburg, 2021
Sacred Mountain, ETAGE Projects, Copenhagen, 2019
Lucky Larry’s Cosmic Commune, St. Etienne, 2017
The Committee for Happy Endings, Bratislava, 2016
Amateur Workshop #5, Sysiphus on Tour, Platform, Munich, 2015
The Universe Want To Play, Gallerie CRONE, Berlin, 2013
(Anti-) Social Vulcano, Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein, 2012
Being There, Villa Noailles, France, 2009
Coalition of Amateurs, MUDAM, Luxembourg, 2009
Salon des Amateur, MARTa Herford, 2009
The First Supper, MAK Vienna, 2008
The Brussels Brain, Design Brussels, 2005
Tape: Made to Measure, Galerie Tissi, Berlin, 2005
Scum Skate, Tokyo Design Block, Tokyo, 2004
Mo´ Scum, Diesel Gallery, New York, 2004
Welcome to Scum City Part II, IDEE, Tokyo, 2003
Tape, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, 2003
Welcome to Scum City, Gallery Facsimile, Salone di Mobile, Milan, 2003
Lowlife, Gallery Kreo, Paris, 2003
Bonnie + Clyde, The Design Museum, London, 2002
House in a Box, Salone di Mobile, Milan, 2002

Places to be, Fondation d’enterprise Martell, Cognac, 2020
Masters of Disguise, SEEDS, London, 2019
DO IT YOURSELF-DESIGN, Bröhan Museum, Berlin, 2016
Residency in Nature, Småland, Sweden, 2016
Kloental Triennale, Kunsthaus Glarus, Switzerland, 2014
MERZEN, HEAD – haute ecole d’art et de design, Geneva, Switzerland, 2014
Playing Favourites Part II, Design Exchange, Toronto, 2013
Normadic Furniture 3.0, MAK, Vienna, 2013
Totem and Taboo, MuseumsQuartier, Vienna, 2011
Space for Fantasy, Galerie des Galeries, Paris, 2010
Experimenta 09, Museu da Electricidade, Lisbon, 2009
Retreat, Fort Asperen, 2009
Amateur Furniture, Esther Schipper Gallery, Berlin, 2009
Formless Furniture, MAK, Vienna, 2008
Vitra Edition, Vitra Campus, Weil am Rhein, 2007
My Home, Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein, 2007
Somewhere Totally Else, European Design Biennale, Design Museum, London 2003
Living in Motion, Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein, 2002
Smash, Salone Di Mobile, Milan, 2001
Design Now, The Design Museum, London, 2001


‘Worshiping Industry’, HGK Braunschweig, 2010

‘Modern Modern Blues’, UdK Berlin, 2010

‘Nuclear Banana’ ( with Clemence Seilles, Stefan Barbier Bouvet, Catherine Geel), Boisbuchet, 2010

‘A New World Adventurers Guide’ , Strelka Institute, Moscow, 2010

‘A New World Adventurers Guide’, La Cambre, Brussels, 2010

‘Vitratopia’, Vitra AG, Weil am Rhein, 2009

‘Amateur Wax Manual’, ESAD, Strasbourg, 2009

‘Color Party’, HBK Saar, 2008

Glasworkshop, CIAV Meisenthal, 2008

‘Moulinex in the Mix’, Group Seb, France, 2007-2009

‘Medialabs’, Vodafone/SFR, Paris, 2007

‘Living Systems’, RCA, London, 2006

‘Living Systems’, Academy of Fine Arts, Prague, 2006

‘Living Systems’, ECAL Lausanne, 2006

‘Low Edukation’, ESAD Reims, 2005

‘Crime Is A Decoration’, ECAL Lausanne, 2005

‘Scum’, Vitra Design Workshop Boisbuchet, 2004

‘Metamorph Farm’, Vitra Design Workshop Boisbuchet, 2003

‘Reproject’, HfG Karlsruhe, 2003

‘Reproject’, Domus Academy, Milan, 2003

‘Hack’, Domus Academy, Milan, 2002


HGK Braunschweig, 2010

ADF / London Design Week, 2010

UdK Berlin, 2010

Pecha Kucha, Lisbon, 2009

Lynfabbriken Aarhus, Denmark, 2009

Israel Design Conference, Jerusalem, 2009

HBK Hamburg, 2009

DMY Berlin, 2009

Museum of Art, Indianapolis, 2009

DMY Berlin, 2008

DESIGNMAI, Berlin, 2006

Clubovka, Bratislava, 2006

RCA, London, 2006

Design Center Prague, 2006

Ikejiri Institute of Design, Tokyo, 2005

Goethe Institute, Tokyo, 2005

Academy of Fine Arts, Prague, 2005

Sapienza, University of Rome, 2004

Museum of Art, Iceland, 2003

RCA, London, 2003