Martin Ballendat was born in Bochum in 1958 and gained a degree in industrial design from the Folkwang Design School, part of Essen University, in 1983. He has been a successful designer for more than 20 years.
After working for more than 10 years in leading positions in the furniture industry, he expanded his design studio as an independent designer, today employing some 12 people at two locations in Austria and Germany. He has been working in projects for renowned brands in 12 different countries (e.g. Germany, Austria, Italy, the UK, the Netherlands, Switzerland and the U.S.).