Walter Heidenfels

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Walter Heidenfels (born 1961 in Tönisvorst, Germany) is a German industrial designer that is one of the key principles of TEAMS Design GmbH in Hamburg, Germany. He is known for his award winning work for many companies such as Schmersal and Busch-Jaeger. According to TEAMS GmbH, Walter has been instrumental in extending many long term relationships with companies such as Robert Bosch GmbH and Still Forklift (KION Group). He specializes in 3D CAD, such as Rhinoceros 3D, Pro/Engineer, SolidWorks and Unigraphics to bring his designs to life.


Heidenfels studied industrial design at the University of Wuppertal in Germany. From 1998-2002 Walter and his associate partner, Danos Papadopoulos, ran an office called Wings of Design in Wuppertal. Heidenfels then opened the Hamburg office of TEAMS Design with Ulrich Warth in 2002. Today he continues to active contribute to the design culture at TEAMS. Heidenfels is also regularly asked to contribute articles and lecture at neighboring universities.[1][2]

Personal life[edit]

Heidenfels currently resides in Hamburg, Germany. He has been a member of the VDID since 1984.

Design awards[edit]

Heidenfels has collected over 10 awards during his career. Here are some of the awards:


  • Governor of Osaka Prefecture Prize, Japan Design Foundation, Solar Drinking Water Generator[3]



  • iF Award - TES TAPPERT Twin Rack Electronic Rack System[4]
  • North Rhine-Westphalia Designpreiz - TES TAPPERT Twin Rack Electronic Rack System


  • iF Award - K.A. Schmersal GmbH AZ17 / AZM 170 Safety Switch[5]

iF Awards

  • K.A. Schmersal B.A.P. Positioning System for Lift Cabins[6]
  • Hailo-Werk Trans Sorter / Mobile Clothes Sorter [7]

Red Dot Design Award

  • K.A. Schmersal B.A.P. Positioning System for Lift Cabins
  • K.A. Schmersal AV 20/21 Safety Interlock

Red Dot Design Award

  • Busch-Jaeger Elektro Ocean Waterproof Fittings Range[8]



  • Zec, Peter,(1992). Design Innovationen Jahrbuch, Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen, Essen, ISBN 3-929227-00-2
  • Zec, Peter, (1995). Designpreis des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen, red dot edition, Essen, ISBN 3-929227-22-3
  • Zec, Peter, (1998). Design Innovationen Jahrbuch, Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen, Essen, ISBN 3-929227-35-5
  • Princeton Architectural Press, (2002/2003). Designer Profile 2002/2003 - Volume 1: Industrial and exhibition design, Birkhauser Basel, ISBN 978-3-936560-00-8
  • Zec, Peter, (2001). Who’s Who in German Design, Birkhauser Basel, ISBN 978-3-929638-56-1
  • Design Zentrum, (1998/99). Ranking:Design 1998/99, Birkhauser Basel, ISBN 978-3-7643-6852-4
  • (1998). form spezial Nr. 2: Transportation Design, Birkhauser Basel, ISBN 978-3-7643-6879-1


External links[edit]

TEAMS Design