Axel Schmid was born in 1971 in Nassau/Bahamas. After a practical training in metal and wood working, he studied industrial design at the Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Kuenste Stuttgart in the classes of Prof. Klaus Lehmann and Prof. Richard Sapper. After his graduation he gained a scholarship to Japan from the German Industrial Design association VDID. He is currently working for Ingo Maurer in Munich. He received various awards, amongst others the Bavarian State Awardfor young designers.