Born in Germany, Philipp Mainzer studied product design at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, and architecture at the Architectural Association both in London. In 1995, Philipp Mainzer co-founded the modern furniture brand e15. Having established the progressive, enduring philosophy and unique branding of e15, he has received international awards for many of his designs, which are identifying icons for e15 and part of several permanent exhibitions in museums. Parallel to the creation of e15, Philipp Mainzer practiced architecture in New York and continues to do so since his return to Germany in 2001. He is a member of the executive committee of German Design Council and regularly gives lectures on architecture, design and branding. Philipp Mainzer is creative and managing director of e15 and his architecture office PHILIPP MAINZER OFFICE FOR ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN.
Born in Iran, Farah Ebrahimi studied art and fashion at Otis/Parsons School of Art and Design in Los Angeles, graduating in 1987. This was followed by an extensive career in teaching fashion design and dress history at Otis. In addition to establishing her eponymous fashion label, she also assisted the legendary California fashion designer Holly Harp. In 1999, Farah joined Donna Karan as Design Director for DKNY in New York, where she also met her husband and working partnerPhilipp Mainzer, architect and co-founder of e15. Farah relocated to Frankfurt in 2001 where together with e15 she transformed Bergman, Germany’s first concept store, into a pioneering retail and show space whilst curating notable art and design exhibitions. In 2008, Farah Ebrahimi and Philipp Mainzer received the Design Award of the Federal Republic of Germany for the design of e15’s modular sofa SHIRAZ. The sofa KERMAN was awarded as Interior Innovation – Gold in 2017. In the same year, Farah and Philipp became honorary members of DDC (Deutscher Designer Club) where she currently serves as member of the advisory board.