Ihab El Riz


Ihab El Riz was born in Lebanon and grew up with his parents and five siblings in Lüneburg, Germany, from the age of four. Living with two cultures gave him the ability to think outside the box and empathize with different people and life styles. Multiple perspectives and backgrounds motivate Ihab to always look for what connects and, based on this common ground, create functional and emotional solutions.


New technological, economic and ecological conditions and changing social values require us not only to react to today’s needs, but to proactively go beyond them. Ihab’s goal is to create durable products with clear functionality and aesthetic depth that creates emotional value. He dedicatedly follows this path leading to pure design and sustainable solutions. Ihab’s concepts are based on intercultural and interdisciplinary approaches to bridge user and object and facilitate bridges between people.


10/2007 – 07/2008

Architecture studies, HafenCity University, Hamburg, GER.

09/2008 – 03/2012

B.A. Industrial Design, Muthesius Academy of Fine Arts, Kiel, GER.

03/2011 – 07/2011

Internship as industrial designer at PSLAB. Lighting Design, Beirut, LBN.

09/2012 – 12/2016

Industrial designer & product developer at Tobias Grau GmbH, Rellingen (Hamburg), GER


Co-founder and art director at MOE`S Shisha GmbH & Co.KG, Lüneburg, GER.

From 01/2016

Freelance industrial designer, Hamburg, GER.