Flügel was born in Bavaria, daughter of a gentleman farmer, reserve officer and highly decorated war veteran, Hans Flügel. She studied design at the Johann Friedrich Böttger Institute in Selb, Bavaria. In 1986 she founded Barbara Flügel Porzellan located in Selb.
Her designs attracted attention from Villeroy & Boch, and she has since become an outside designer to the company. In parallel she continues to operate her own company offering limited edition porcelain articles.
Awards and notable achievements
Flügel has been recognized with numerous awards such as the Gold Medal from the Zentralverband des Deutschen Handwerks (ZDH) and a prize for design from the Arbeitsgemeinschaft der bayerischen Handwerkskammern.
She was chosen as the principal porcelain designer for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.
- Porcelain decorations, Barbara Flügel, Frech-Verlag (Stuttgart), 1989, ISBN 3-7724-9977-5 (Translated from German)