Hansgrohe showers and mixers

Phoenix Design – an award-winning hotbed of innovation

Whether we're talking about mixers, office chairs, gymnastics equipment, showers, smartphones or service robots: the Stuttgart-based design studio focuses on modern, clean lines and adds an emotive element to everyday objects to make people want them. All over the world. Phoenix Design has been shaping the face of Hansgrohe for more than 30 years – after all, they exclusively design the Black Forest quality brand's entire shower and mixer range. Phoenix is also constantly designing successful creations for the AXOR designer brand. The biographies of the two founders, Andreas Haug (*1946) and Tom Schönherr (*1954), are closely linked to Germany's design history. They even created a sensation back in the 1970s at frogdesign, a legendary design studio in Stuttgart. In 1987 they launched “Phoenix”.

The creative south-west: for the last 30 years, Hansgrohe and Phoenix Design have been partners of impeccable taste

During the seventies, bathrooms first experienced the advent of design. This change was initiated by the creative designers from Stuttgart in conjunction with the sanitation specialists from Schiltach. Both companies from the south-west of Germany have formed a successful team ever since. Together, they work on creating intelligent interplay between design, functionality and convenience, or in short: ease of use. During this period of collaboration, Phoenix Design designed all the key products for the hansgrohe brand. Products featuring both technological and visual durability. The Stuttgart-based design studio has won approximately 700 prestigious design awards to date. It has also pocketed a number of awards for the “Schiltach creations”. For many years now, Phoenix Design has been selected the best “design office”: It has retained first place in the iF ranking “creative”. Around the world, It is therefore viewed as a leading independent design studio for product and interface design.

Harald Lutz, Andreas Haug, Bernd Eigenstetter, Tom Schönherr

Phoenix Design is: Harald Lutz, Andreas Haug, Bernd Eigenstetter, Tom Schönherr (left to right)

Designed by Phoenix Design


Creating emotive design requires familiarity with the requirements of the user.

  • Hansgrohe design meeting
  • Hansgrohe design meeting
  • Hansgrohe overhead shower design process
  • Hansgrohe Raindance Select overhead shower
  • Sketch of a Hansgrohe mixer
  • Hansgrohe awards ceremony
  • Hansgrohe Uno designed by frogdesign
  • Service robot Care-O-Bot 4
  • The innovative chair Neon
  • Interface design for Internorm
“In our designs, we consistently focus on the user's needs.” (Tom Schönherr)

Phoenix Design has a representative office in Suzhou, China, it frequently features at international design fairs and sends its design experts to talks all over the world. Its in-house Academy fosters young talent. “In 500 years' time”, said Managing Partner Tom Schönherr, “people will be going to museums and will perceive the ‘everyday objects’ of today as the culture of the 21st century.” Phoenix Design designs products and ranges that work, that are fun to use and, notably, that protect the environment. “We focus on intuitive interaction, always with the aim of transforming the brand identity into a touching experience.” The innovators frequently succeed in achieving a balance between functionality and magic. These days, product design and the design of digital interfaces are closely interlinked, which explains why over a third of the 60 employees are currently involved in Interaction Design.

If you own a Hansgrohe shower or mixer, then this product was designed by Phoenix Design

In 2003 Phoenix Design participated in the launch of hansgrohe's best-seller “Raindance”, amongst others. With its large spray disc and short, ergonomic handle, the proportions of this hand shower totally defied convention. Raindance caused such a big stir in the sanitary industry that you could even say that the sensuous Raindance shower reinvented the market for shower products. Recently, the shower range was enhanced with the addition of an extra functional feature, guaranteeing ultimate ease of use and a more enjoyable experience for both bathroom and kitchen users: Select.

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