Kai Stania is one of the most successful and acknowledged Austrian designer, and has created the Riletto, Atelier, Lift and K7 collections for Team7.
Born in Salzburg in 1965, he studied architecture at the Vienna University of Technology between 1987-1996. In 1990 he studied at the College of Applied Arts, Vienna, mastering in product design with Ron Arad. He has also worked with Alsop Architects and in the Ron Arad studio, both in London. He completed his studies with a diploma in Architecture at the Vienna University of Technology.
Since then he has been involved with design and project management for Neunkirchen Mitteregger and Seiser, and has been significantly involved in the design and development of most products for Bene Office furniture. He became Assistant Professor at the Department of Building and Design at the Vienna University of Technology. In 2001 he acted as Design consultant for a multimedia terminal for Philips Design.
In 2002, he opened his design studio "Kai Stania – Product Design".
After receiving his title of Master of Joiner, Erwin Berghammer set the cornerstone of his future career by purchasing a small wood working company in Ried, Austria, at the age of 26 in 1959. The Team7 brand was formed in 1965, by a number of management team members. More recently Dr. Georg Emprechtinger, now CEO, became the majority owner in 2006.
Back in 1980 the company was repositioned and Team7 focused on 'eco' furniture. Team7's philosophy is balancing contemporary design and ecology. Using only woods from sustainably managed forests, glued and finished using natural solutions: Team7's unique purity policy helps to protect the environment. With seven different types of wood and flexible made-to-measure and custom designs, Team7 combines social responsibility with transparent, ecologically and economically sustainable production.