Sofia Hagen

Sofia Hagen

Co-Founder @ HagenHinderdaelLondon, United Kingdom
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Sofia Hagen

Sofia Hagen

Co-Founder @ HagenHinderdaelLondon, United Kingdom
About me
Sofia Hagen is the co-founder of HAGEN HINDERDAEL, a collaborative practice focusing on lighting design and feature installations. Prior to launching HAGEN HINDERDAEL, Sofia was Design Director and Partner at Design Haus Liberty, an award-winning architecture and interiors practice based in London and Hong Kong. As Design Director, Sofia was responsible for the design development of numerous interior architecture and installation projects in the UK and Europe. She played a major role in establishing the firm’s presence in the Chinese market by overseeing a 1.5 million sq. ft. interior architecture project for a leading fashion company in Guangzhou. This subsequently led to the firm being entrusted with the retail design and rebranding of China’s largest accessories brand based in Shenzhen, with rollouts of 1200 retail units all across China. Prior to her work for Design Haus Liberty, she gained interdisciplinary experience in architecture, interior, exhibition and graphic design at Zaha Hadid Architects, Acme Space and Make, designing commercial, cultural and residential projects in the UK, the Middle East and China. Sofia trained in architectural design under the aegis of Zaha Hadid at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, where she graduated with an M.Arch. in 2008, followed by a traineeship as interior designer at Odile Decq Architects, Paris. She has exhibited at the Salone del Mobile in Milan (Wallpaper Handmade 2019), the Venice Biennale (2016), the International Architecture Biennale in Rotterdam, the Museum of Applied Arts in Vienna (From VJing to Surface Sampling), the Arch Moscow (Controllable Complexity), and lectured at the Chelsea College of Art and Design.
  • Nacre
    NacreNacre is a modular series of 3D printed outdoor furniture and planters. A collaboration between London-based designers HagenHinderdael and Dubai-based 3D-printed concrete specialists Concreative, the seats were launched at Dubai Design Week 2020 and have been followed by a new series of planters launched in 2021 to complement public realm and outdoor environments.
  • Twine
    TwineFinalist of the Third Edition of the Ro Plastic Prize 2021. Exhibited at Museo Nazionale Scienza e Tecnologia Leonardo da Vinci during Milan Design Week, 4-12 September 2021. Designed for the third edition of Rossana Orlandi Guiltless Plastic campaign, TWINE is an urban public furniture piece pushing the boundaries of additive manufacturing with conformal 3d printing and bespoke design. A collaboration between designers HagenHinderdael, outstanding sustainable material supplier Reflow, and award
  • EDEN
    EDENDesigned by HagenHinderdael in partnership with Grosvenor Britain & Ireland and Artistic Statements, Eden celebrates the importance of natural urban green spaces through an interactive experience. Tucked away off of Motcomb Street in Halkin Arcade, we invite visitors into a secret garden providing a connection to nature as a healing force within our industrialised urban context. With an emphasis on wellbeing, community, and sustainability Eden brings awareness to the fact that we need to restore
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Projects credited in
  • Cocoon
    CocoonA collaboration between designers HagenHinderdael and 3d printing technologists ForustTM, COCOON is a decorative pendant light celebrating an innovative way to reduce timber waste through rethinking deforestation and the take and make production process. From the form through to its materiality and manufacturing, we sought to develop a product that is not only eco-friendly but fully degradable. The sculptural form of Cocoon has been developed to resemble an organic structure that speaks to the
  • Meadows of Change
    Meadows of ChangeDesigned by HagenHinderdael in partnership with Quintain and Artistic Statements, Meadows of Change celebrates the layers of history of Wembley as an icon. From its start as the small village of Wembly Green – meaning the meadow or clearing of Wembley, to its transformation into what is now Wembley Park; the artwork takes us through moments of perseverance and change in both the skyline and narrative of this unique part of London. Nestled within the telephone booths at Arena Square, we invite v
  • Fountain of Hygiene: Sanitiser Design Competition
    Fountain of Hygiene: Sanitiser Design CompetitionCALL FOR ENTRIES: Bompas & Parr invites the design community to develop an aesthetic and functional approach to hand sanitising with Fountain of Hygiene: Sanitiser Design Competition to raise money for the Red Cross Bompas & Parr invites creatives, designers, makers and architects to design inspired takes on the sanitiser pumps now on counters across the globe. The results will be displayed at the Design Museum in early April and auctioned by Christie’s to raise money for The British Red Cross.
  • EMBRACE - London Design Biennale @Somerset House 2021
    EMBRACE - London Design Biennale @Somerset House 2021We are excited to announce that our project EMBRACE, done in collaboration with artist Sadie Clayton for the Radical Ideas : Design in an Age of Crisis initiative, will be exhibited at London Design Biennale in Somerset House throughout June 2021. The briefs explored the many issues which the current Covid-19 pandemic has either shone a light on or further exacerbated. A collaboration with Sadie Clayton, our design called EMBRACE re-imagines home treatment in a safe haven where tactility and
    BOLLABOLLA brings awareness to how the escalated use of packaging materials is affecting our environment. Pointing the way to a circular economy instead of designing things to fail, bubble wrap sourced from packaging waste is used as form-work and transformed through parametric modelling and innovative research into the light product BOLLA. Made of an eco-friendly concrete mixture that has been custom developed with material scientists, recycled plastic particles are combined into a concrete aggregat
  • PACA
    PACAPACA is part of the Fountain of Hygiene exhibition, showcased at Design Museum London and BODW Hong Kong. Children’s hygiene should be encouraged in a playful way, making it an enjoyable part of their daily routine rather than a chore. Inspired by the famous PEZ candy dispensers, the disinfecting yet fun qualities of glow-in-the-dark UV light, and an animal that is known to count as emotional support and therapy in times of darkness, the Alpaca, we developed PACA – a toy with disinfecting qualit
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Work history
    Design DirectorDH Liberty Lux
     - London, United KingdomFull Time
    Architectural DesignerMake Architects
     - London, United KingdomFreelance
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  • Interior Architecture
  • Interior Design
  • Architecture
  • Lighting Design
  • Installation Design
  • Project Co-ordination
  • Project Conception
  • Project Development
  • Client Management
  • Creative Management
    MArch (Master of Architecture) ARB/RIBA Part IIUniversity of Applied Arts Vienna
     - Vienna, Austria
    Graduated with Zaha Hadid 2002-2008 Studio Zaha Hadid 2002 Studio Jeff Kipnis 2000-2001 Studio Wolf D. Prix