2 After having completed his training as in- dustrial designer at the University of Essen, he started freelancing at the Italian Studio Mattheo Thun in Milan. Together with his partner Robert Kilders, he founded the de- sign studio bert&bert in 1997. Since 2005, Norbert Geelen feels at home both in his German office in Straelen and in his Milan studio. He has specialised in designing up- market lifestyle products and furniture. Norbert Geelen