"vi må gå nå" (norwegian: we have to go now)
Since his childhood, the german designer Markus Werner wanted to make shoes.
His first pair was created at age 10 - out of clay.
But then this passion was put on hold. For 18 years.
In 2006 he graduated in Integrated Product Design at the University of Applied Sciences in Coburg. Afterwards he worked as freelancer for several projects and in 2007 he moved to Estonia to support a design office in Tallinn.
After returning to Germany in the autumn 2008 he focused again on the topic shoes.
So he made an internship at a small factory for safety and professional shoes to learn from the scratch how to make shoes.
Since 2009 he's working there as shoe developer.
In 2010 he started his project vimågånå (norwegian for “we want to go now”): creating shoes that combine ecological materials with unique design elements.
Starting from usual shoe manufacturing processes and materials, his aim is to replace traditional materials with more exciting and non-polluting materials.
In 2012 Markus participated together with Oliver Heintz from Barkcloth and serveral other partners in the competition "Bundespreis Ecodesign".
In August 2012 the official nomination for this award was published in the categorie concept. Markus and Oliver will participate at the award ceremony on the 22nd november at the Federal Environment Ministry in Berlin. Hopefully to receive the award.