Stefan Beese

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Stefan Beese
Stefan Beese Production Designer Diversity Awards.jpg
Born (1969-10-28) October 28, 1969 (age 47)
Flensburg, Germany
Nationality German
Occupation Architect
Practice beesign

Stefan Beese (born October 28, 1969) is a German production designer and architect. He emigrated from Germany to the United States in 1999, where he founded the firm beesign in Los Angeles.


Early life and education[edit]

He is a certified member of the German Chamber of Handicrafts, after a three-year apprenticeship as a carpenter in 1989.

Graduated from the Polytechnic of Art at Husum, Germany in 1992, with a Bachelor of fine art and design.

Studied Architecture at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts at Kiel, Germany from 1992 to 1995.

Studied Production Design and Interior Architecture at the University of Design and Media in Hanover, Germany from 1995 to 1999


Mr. Beese's extensive training in Interior Architecture and Production Design led to his forming the company beesign-production design in 1995. Mr. Beese has done production design for feature films, TV and commercials as well as having designed shows, fairs, exhibitions and sets for stage and screen in Europe and the United States.

Beese opened his Los Angeles branch of beesign in 2000, and served as Production Designer on films such as Asylum Days (2001), Purple Heart (2005), Hollywood Dot Com (2007), The Great Commission (2003), The Trial (2002), Fear Within (2004) and Natural Selection (2003). His client list includes NBCUniversal, Syfy, Mercedes Benz, Volkswagen, Sony, Showtime and WDR Cologne.

Beese served in 2007 as the Executive Producer on the Make It Right "Pink Project" in collaboration with Brad Pitt and Graft Architects.

Stefan Beese produced a new main stage face-lift and overall production design for the New Orleans Essence Music Festival in 2008. His Stage Design for the 2009 Essence Music Festival earned him the Live Design Excellence and Music Design Award in 2009.

Since 2008 Beese has been the Production Designer for the Voodoo Music Experience in New Orleans, LA, for which he began curating large-scale, site-specific art installations. Two of his own installations, The Passage and the Eco Container Lounge, have become fixtures at Voodoo. The Eco Container Lounge earned him the Live Design Excellence Award in 2011.

In 2012 and 2013 Beese served as Production Designer for the H2O Music Festival Series produced by Hispanic Television and Radio Network Univision.

In 2012, five years after producing the Pink Project in collaboration with GRAFT, Beese served as the Production Designer for Brad Pitt’s “A Night to Make It Right” fundraising gala in New Orleans, which raised over $5 million to support its mission to build safe, affordable, and sustainable homes in New Orleans’ Lower Ninth Ward.


Finalist Best Concert Design for H20 Music Festival Live Design Excellence Award 2013

Finalist Corporate Event for A Night To Make It Right Live Design Excellence Award 2013

Winner of the Live Design Excellence Award for The Eco Shipping Container Lounge, Voodoo Music Experience 2010

Grand Stand and VIP Lounge made from Shipping Containers for the 2009 & 2010 Voodoo Music Experience, City Park, New Orleans, LA.USA.

He received the Live Design Excellence Award for the production design of the Essence Music Festival 2009.

Winner of The Music Design Award for the production design of the Essence Music Festival 2009

Nominated for The Parnelli Award for Best Set Designer of the Year for the Production Design of the Essence Music Festival 2009

Winner of the DAD Yellow Pencil Award 2008 with Brad Pitt, MIR and GRAFT for The Pink Project.

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