BIOGRAPHY CHRISTOPH BEHLING Christoph Behling is the founder of Christoph Behling Design, a London based product design studio which has achieved international recognition in a diversity of industries including communication technology, luxury goods, watches, and transport. Be it watches or solar-powered boats, it is a fascination with ‘energy’ which is at the core of Behling’s work, merging science with art to create the impossible. Behling skilfully merges his interest in energy with his belief that products should inspire change, leading his body of work to bring genuine innovation to a range of industries. Born in Geneva and raised in Germany, Behling completed his diploma in Industrial Design in 1995 in Stuttgart, where he designed and built his first solar boat as his final project. Upon graduation, Behling worked for a number of well-known product design consultancies in both Tokyo and London before establishing Christoph Behling Design in 2004. In parallel, Behling founded SolarLab Research & Design in 2006 to formalise his commitment to solar powered design, which originated in Stuttgart. Solarlab is widely recognised as a pioneer in the field of sustainable transport design, having created and developed over 40 solar-powered boats, as well as installations and architectural designs. The Serpentine SolarShuttle, launched in London in July 2006, has become an international icon of sustainable design. Behling is the lead designer for TAG Heuer, a collaboration which has become among the most awarded in the luxury watch industry since 2003. Since then, Behling and his team have designed all concept pieces including the Monaco 360, Carrera 360, Diamond Fiction, V4, Monaco 24, Caliper 36, Pendulum and the Mikrotimer flying 1000th; as well as the majority of all watches in today's TAG Heuer collection. Behling is also the Creative Director at Atelier Haute Communication, a Paris-based telecommunications company for whom the studio has designed the Versace UNIQUE, the Levi’s phone and TAG Heuer luxury handsets, among others. Behling has received numerous accolades for his work and has been on the judging panel of design competitions across Europe. For 5 years he taught the Masters course in Design Products at the Royal College of Art and is the curator-cofounder of RCA’s annual Sustain exhibition during the London Design Festival.