designaffairs to open first US studio in Portland

May 2018 launch completes a global network across North America, Europe and Asia


Portland, Oregon, will be the location for the first US studio to be opened by designaffairs, a strategic design consultancy based in Germany and China. The studio will open its doors on May 1st, 2018.

The international consultancy has chosen to enter the US market at a time of great change and transformation in numerous industries, both domestically and worldwide.

Nico Michler, Co-Founder of designaffairs, explains the decision: “For 20 years, designaffairs has brought hardware, software and service solutions to market. Our clients around the world need joined up thinking and doing. A global network across North America, Europe and Asia will help enable that.”

Situated on NW Northrup Street, where the Pearl district meets downtown, designaffairs Portland will consult for clients in industries such as mobility and transportation, home and building automation, medical and healthcare, consumer products and retail.

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Bianca Fleischer
Vice-President, Studio Director
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designaffairs Portland will be run by Bianca Fleischer, Vice-President and Studio Director. Bianca has been living and working in the US design industry for more than 12 years.

Bianca explains the choice of location: “designaffairs is excited to join Portland’s thriving design community. We chose Portland for many reasons. It sits at the intersection of a number of rapidly transforming industries that will help shape the global business landscape for years to come. It has a vibrant creative culture and a rich talent pool. It is also a breathtakingly beautiful part of the country. Portland is an ideal home for the innovative and collaborative working culture we want to build.”