Gregor Eichinger (1956- ) was born in Wels, Austria and studied architecture at the Technical University in Vienna where many of his passions were born. He worked in architecture firms, advertising agencies and film productions before founding Eichinger Oder Knechtl with Christian Knechtl in 1985. They both became well known for their work on Café Stein, Wrenkh restaurant, Unger & Klein Wine Shop, the Jewish Museum, Café/Restaurant/Bar Palmenhaus Burggarten and Restaurant & Café Österreicher in the MAK, all in Vienna, as well as shops for Helmut Lang in Tokyo, Kobe, Osaka and Paris. As of 2005, Gregor Eichinger runs "eichinger offices" whose firm has designed various architectural projects such as bars, restaurants, premises, cultural venues, as well as privat residences. He also also designed glassware for J. & L. Lobmeyr, furniture for Braun Lockenhaus and lighting for Mühlbauer.
His work is characterized by an extraordinary interest in surfaces, codes, rituals as well as a Viennese style that makes contemporary and local aspects internationally comprehensible. In the course of time his oeuvre has gone far beyond Viennese borders, Vienna being continuously the point of departure. Apart from numerous publications and exhibitions Gregor Eichinger teaches at universities at home and abroad, amongst others the ETH Zurich, the University of Applied Arts Vienna and the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich.
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