PROFILE / EXPERIENCES

Ulrike R.Birnbaum is a German designer and consultant, specializing in brand and visual identity. Her business clients include the Walt Disney Company, the Ritz Carlton Hotels, Swarovski, and Pixar. To name a few, she also worked with Zandra Rhodes, Victoria Beckham, and designed for Mats Hummels, Tamara Ecclestone or the Oetker Family. With her studio based in Munich and New York, she designs lighting for customers on local and international projects. Alongside creative work and engineering services, she provides advice to companies & corporations on the impact of lighting on customer experience, public image & increased profitability through optimization and redevelopment of the existing designs. 


As founder of Continuum Studios, Ulrike is one of the only few German design consultants, who run an independent business with no manufacturer affiliation. Prior to running her design agency, she served in London (UK) & New York (USA) as principal designer and project manager to one of the world's leading creative agencies: Imagnation Ltd. She also served as senior designer to ARUP - the world's leading engineering business -  and the English National Opera in London (UK).



According to her clients, she is a `very effective and focused consultant and professional who is able to advise on the interlinked disciplines of design and public image`.  She is said to be an expert who `understands the economic relevance of designing for a client with broad public presence`.  Her clients references also highlight that  `she's skilled and very thoughtful in the way she approaches projects, and has a great understanding to put plans into action`.
In addition to her business , she supports the projects of the International DarkSky Association in helping stop light pollution and protect the night skies - who are to be considered as ancient World Heritage - for present and future generations.

DIRECT ACCESS


Ulrike R.Birnbaum can be instructed directly in suitable Projects. 

e:  studio@ulrikebirnbaum.de
a:  Oberfoehringer St 127 / D-81925 Munich (D) 
     26West 87th St / 10025 NYC (USA)
p:  +49 (0) 89 2097 7081

 

AFFILIATION

International Lighting Design Association
Professional Lighting Design Association

CLIENTS


Ulrike's international case Profile includes, but is not limited to...

Cruise Line Companies
          Oceania Cruises / Seabourne / Regent Seven Sea Cruises / Walt Disney Cruise Line / Azamara

National Institutions

          London City Council / National Building Authorities of Germany / Berlin City Council

UNESCO Heritage / Heritage Protected Buildings

          Fuerst Pueckler Park Bad Muskau / Cathedral St.Jacob Bishopric Saxony

Media, Service Provider & Entertainment

          Allianz Group / ProSiebenSat1 / National Bank of Kuwait / Bloomberg / British Telecom

Lifestyle
          Swarovski / Bodyshop / Holland & Sherry / Heal's

Automotive / Flight Carrier
          Jaguar Landrover / Ford / Aston Martin / Bombardier Transportation / Tyrolean Jet Services

Museums & Galleries
          Christie's Auction House / National Art Museum Schwerin / Senckenberg Museums

Hotels / Bars / Wellness
          Ritz Carlton Hotels / Savoy Hotel London / Steiner Spa / Alpine Hotel Ried / Pier A New York 

As Well as Private Customers  based in Europe and the US

PUBLICATIOINS


Type: Article
Contemporary Lighting Fit Into a Victorian Style Villa
VOGUE Magazine, publication date June 2017
content: Designing the Cassland Villas in London, UK


Type: Article
Design Born of a Global Ethic
PLD Magazine, publication date May 2015
content: How to design a product, that appeals to the global market and be intrinsically linked with the branding of the originator or manufacturer.


Type: Article
Interview with Ulrike R. Birnbaum
LED INSIDE Magazine, publication date August 2013
content: Interview about her career, the global lighting market, her work approach and drive for future projects.


Type: Articles
further articles of projects published in...
HOUSE & GARDEN Magazine
GQ Magazine
TATLER Magazine
CONDÉ NAST TRAVELLER Magazine

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    Allianz SE (D)

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    Cassland Villa (UK)

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    Harrods (UK)

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    Private Villa (UK)

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    Private Villa (UK)

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    Private Villa (UK)

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    Set Design - Image Film (D)

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    Swarovski (AT)

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    JaguarLandrover (UK)

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    Disney Cruise Line (USA)

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    Nightclub THE TUBE  (USA)

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    Club Lounge DCL (USA)

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    Lobby Bar DCL (USA)

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    DCL (USA)

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    La Murrina / Murrano (IT)

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    Industrial Museum Knappenrode (D)

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    Public Bathroom WDC (USA)

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    Pier A New York (USA)

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    Steiner Spa (USA)

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    City Government of Berlin (D)

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    City Government of Berlin (D)

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    Pier A New York (USA)

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    French Restaurant (USA)

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    Private Yacht (IT)

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    WD Theatre (USA)

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    Sky Bar (USA)

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    BT Tower London (UK)

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    Steiner Spa (USA)

EDUCATION

University:  Faculty of Economics,  HS Munich
MBA (graduand)

University:  Art Academy, Wismar
MA Architectural Lighting Design (graduated with high distinction)

University:  Art Academy, Heiligendamm/HWI
MA Interior Design (graduated with high distinction)

 

AWARDS

Condé Nast Traveler's Recognition Reward
Luxury Cruise Ships
client: DCL, RSSC, Oceania

THEA Award  -   outstanding achievment attraction
Restaurant "Animator's Palette"
client: Walt Disney Company

IVCA's Global Achievment Award 
Olympic Pavilion
client: Samsung