One time when I was in LA, I drove out to my old art school. It was a Saturday, so there was almost nobody around. I stopped in the art supplies store and bought some of my favorite items: some tape rolls that we used draw with, some notebooks, and my favorite pens. I began wondering how it was that I came to do this work, and how I got through it the early phase of my career. I had these tools, I’d learned a lot, and I had some vision about products. But I didn’t yet have the experience needed to fully realize that vision. When you have tools and vision, the central question becomes “Where do you want to go?” Right now, I’m in a pretty silent space, still trying to contemplate this. I strive to be more intuitive, focusing on the present moment – that’s what’s important. When opportunities arrive, I either say no, or I jump in and focus on it.

Recognition

LATCH
IDEA AWARDS (2016/17/18), GOOD DESIGN AUSTRALIA (2016/17/18), IF AWARDS (2016/18), GOOD DESIGN USA (2018)
INVUITY
IDEA AWARD (2017), GOOD DESIGN AUSTRALIA (2017), MEDICAL DESIGN EXCELLENCE AWARD (2017)
SURFBOARDS
D&AD YELLOW PENCIL (2010), GOOD DESIGN AUSTRALIA (2010), IDEA AWARDS (2010/14), DESIGN MUSEUM LONDON (2012), SACRED CRAFT BEST IN SHOW (2013)
TORK
IDEA AWARD (2009), IF AWARD (2009), RED DOT AWARD (2009)
NEIL PRYDE
IF AWARD (2003), RED DOT AWARD (2003)
FLOW SNOWBOARD BINDINGS
IF AWARD (2003), RED DOT AWARD (2003)
DANGER HIP TOP
WIRED RAVE AWARDS (2003)
APPLE EMATE
IF AWARD (1997), GOOD DESIGN (1997), I.D MAGAZINE GOLD AWARD (1997)
NEC JAPAN
D&AD YELLOW PENCIL (1997)

I still use my pen and pencil.

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Thomas Meyerhoffer is a designer, innovator and entrepreneur.

The internationally acclaimed designer is the creator of an extraordinarily diverse range of successful products with universal appeal. His simple and intuitive designs are experienced every day by millions of users around the world.

After taking positions at Apple, IDEO and Porsche, Meyerhoffer founded his integrated design studio in Montara, California, in 1999.

Meyerhoffer is the recipient of multiple international design awards and patents. His work has been featured in The New York Times, Outside Magazine and in Museums such as The Cooper Hewitt, New York, SFMOMA, San Francisco and Design Museum, London.

See the studio profile ‘The Genuis Issue’ of Outside magazine for an introductory text about the practice.

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Timeline

1993
APPLE, EMATE
1999
SMITH GOGGLES
2005
NEIL PRYDE WINDSURFING SAILS
2008
CAPPELLINI CHAIR
2009
TORK
1999-2020
SURFBOARDS
2014
COCA-COLA
2015-2020
LATCH
2016
BLOOMBERG FOR PRESIDENT
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Selected texts about TM

The Genius Issue Outside Magazine (2017)
How Thomas Meyerhoffer designs our favorite things
Michael Roberts

Latch The New York Times (2016)
New York Discovers Keyless Entry Systems
Michelle Higgins

The Surfboards of Thomas Meyerhoffer
The Surfer’s Journal (2008)
Scott Hulet, Vol 16, No 2

Apple eMate Domus Magazine (1998)
Francesca Picchi, Issue 801

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Thomas Meyerhoffer Studio
1241 Main Street, Montara, California, US
+1 (650) 455-0061 info (at) meyerhoffer.com