Per Weiss Andersen was born in Denmark in 1959. In the late 80ies, he was a professional musician while studying at the School of Architecture in Aarhus, where he graduated as an industrial designer in 1988. He started up working for Friis & Moltke and Schmidt-Hammer & Lassen - some of the famous Danish architects.
Since 1989 Per Weiss Andersen has been the head of Innovation Design Office and responsible for the concept, product design, and marketing. This work resulted in a close cooperation with Verner Panton just before his death in the late 90’ies. Together they developed the Phantom chair and the Panto Beam lamp.
Per Weiss Andersen likes to express his creativity on a variety of platforms and offers concept, design, and marketing for other Danish furniture companies, both through Weiss Design Works.
Per Weiss Andersen is not a person working nine to five and he follows the design process from a to z:
“My approach to industrial design is multiple and holistic. Design cannot be seen as an isolated mission and the creative process should not be fragmentized by artificial professional boundaries. This is why I work full scale conceptual, starting with trend spotting and strategy over design and graphics to photography and layout. Inspiration and insight grow out of this dynamic working situation, shaping designs that actually affect the target group. Good design makes a difference to the end-user, and this is why my design process is always focused on the potential users, their lifestyle and their needs. This doesn’t mean a loss of integrity as a designer, quite the contrary – it makes my work meaningful. Becoming distant and idiosyncratic would reduce the challenge and object of my work.”
Since 2010, Per Weiss Andersen has worked with graphics, visual arts, and sculptures. It has resulted in a large number of works, most of which are made as mixed media on Cyclus paper made from recycled fibers. He has now selected a limited number of works that have been optimized for high-quality print on Hahnemühle paper.
"I am driven by enthusiasm for the process, the pursuit of creating primitive abstract figurative compositions that give the viewer the desire and opportunity for personal interpretation" Per Weiss Andersen