Jerszy Seymour is a designer working in the most expanded sense of the field. He sees design as the creation of situations, as the general relationship we have with the built world, the natural world, other people and ourselves, and as much about the inhabitation of the planet as the inhabitation of the mind. The goal is the transformation of reality guided by constant humour and a tainted sense of poetry and the idea of the NON-GESAMT GESAMTKUNSTWERK.
His work spans from playing with the industrial and post-industrial produced object, actions, interventions and installations, covering a range of mediums and materials, objects, film, performance, music and writing.

He was born in Berlin in 1968 to a Canadian mother and German father who were both ballet dancers. He grew up in London during the eclectic roller coaster of the eighties, where he studied at South Bank Polytechnic (1987 – 1990) and industrial design at the Royal College of Art (1991 – 1993). Shortly after this he moved to Milan and started his own indepenent projects, including ‘House in a Box’ in 2002, ‘Scum’ in 2003, and the clothing concept ‘Tape’ in 2003.
In 2004, Seymour moved to Berlin where he formed the Jerszy Seymour Design Workshop and embarked upon a series of conceptual projects seeking to revitalize the position of design within society. In 2005 he created the ‘Brussels Brain’ installation, (Design Brussels), and, in 2007, the exhibition ‘Living Systems’ (Vitra Design Museum) to investigate the individual economy. In 2008 the installation ‘The First Supper’ (MAK, Vienna) proposed the possibility of an ‘amateur’ society; this was followed by ‘Salon des Amateurs’ (Marta Herford, 2009) and the ‘Coalition of Amateurs’ (MUDAM, Luxembourg, 2009). He was also invited to show a retrospective of his work at Villa Noailles (France), creating the exhibition ‘Being There’. These and other ongoing experimental and conceptual projects form the central thrust of his work. Parallel to this he also designed products and strategies for companies including Magis, Vitra, Alessi. Seymour is represented by CRONE Gallerie in Berlin and Gallery Kreo in Paris.
His work has been exhibited in many museums worldwide, including the Design Museum in London, the Vitra Design Museum in Basel and Berlin and the Palais de Tokyo. His work can be found in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the ‘Fonds National d’ Art Contemporain’ France, the Centre Pompidou, Paris, the MAK in Vienna and the ´Musee d´Art Grand-Duc Jean´ in Luxembourg.
As an integral part of the philosophy of the Workshop, he teaches and gives workshops at the Royal College of Art in London, the Domus Academy in Milan, the ECAL in Lausanne, the HfG in Karlsruhe, HBK Saarbrucken, the Vitra Design Workshops in France, UdK in Berlin, and the Strelka Institute, Moscow. 
In 2000 he was presented with the Dedalus Award for European Design and he received the Taro Okamoto Memorial Award for Contemporary Art in 2003. As a realization of the Amateur projects, Jerszy Seymour created 2011 the program and is director of ‘The Dirty Art Department’, the new Applied Art and Design Masters at the Sandberg Institute/Reitveld Academy in Amsterdam together with Catherine Geel, Stephane Barbier Bouvet, and Clemence Seilles.
His first solo exhibition “The Universe Wants To Play” at Gallerie CRONE in Berlin was openned in April 2013.

Solo The Universe Want To Play, Gallerie CRONE, Berlin, 2013 (Anti-) Social Vulcano, Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein, 2012 Being There, Villa Noailles, France, 2009 Coalition of Amateurs, MUDAM, Luxembourg, 2009 Salon des Amateur, MARTa Herford, 2009 The First Supper, MAK Vienna, 2008 The Brussels Brain, Design Brussels, 2005 Tape: Made to Measure, Galerie Tissi, Berlin, 2005 Scum Skate, Tokyo Design Block, Tokyo, 2004 Mo´ Scum, Diesel Gallery, New York, 2004 Welcome to Scum City Part II, IDEE, Tokyo, 2003 Tape, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, 2003 Welcome to Scum City, Gallery Facsimile, Salone di Mobile, Milan, 2003 Lowlife, Gallery Kreo, Paris, 2003 Bonnie + Clyde, The Design Museum, London, 2002 House in a Box, Salone di Mobile, Milan, 2002 Group Kloental Triennale, Kunsthaus Glarus, Switzerland, 2014 MERZEN, HEAD – haute ecole d’art et de design, Geneva, Switzerland, 2014 Playing Favourites Part II, Design Exchange, Toronto, 2013 Normadic Furniture 3.0, MAK, Vienna, 2013 Totem and Taboo, MuseumsQuartier, Vienna, 2011 Space for Fantasy, Galerie des Galeries, Paris, 2010 Experimenta 09, Museu da Electricidade, Lisbon, 2009 Retreat, Fort Asperen, 2009 Amateur Furniture, Esther Schipper Gallery, Berlin, 2009 Formless Furniture, MAK, Vienna, 2008 Vitra Edition, Vitra Campus, Weil am Rhein, 2007 My Home, Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein, 2007 Somewhere Totally Else, European Design Biennale, Design Museum, London 2003 Living in Motion, Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein, 2002 Smash, Salone Di Mobile, Milan, 2001 Design Now, The Design Museum, London, 2001
SELECTED WORKSHOPS ‘Worshiping Industry’, HGK Braunschweig, 2010 ‘Modern Modern Blues’, UdK Berlin, 2010 ‘Nuclear Banana’ ( with Clemence Seilles, Stefan Barbier Bouvet, Catherine Geel), Boisbuchet, 2010 ‘A New World Adventurers Guide’ , Strelka Institute, Moscow, 2010 ‘A New World Adventurers Guide’, La Cambre, Brussels, 2010 ‘Vitratopia’, Vitra AG, Weil am Rhein, 2009 ‘Amateur Wax Manual’, ESAD, Strasbourg, 2009 ‘Color Party’, HBK Saar, 2008 Glasworkshop, CIAV Meisenthal, 2008 ‘Moulinex in the Mix’, Group Seb, France, 2007-2009 ‘Medialabs’, Vodafone/SFR, Paris, 2007 ‘Living Systems’, RCA, London, 2006 ‘Living Systems’, Academy of Fine Arts, Prague, 2006 ‘Living Systems’, ECAL Lausanne, 2006 ‘Low Edukation’, ESAD Reims, 2005 ‘Crime Is A Decoration’, ECAL Lausanne, 2005 ‘Scum’, Vitra Design Workshop Boisbuchet, 2004 ‘Metamorph Farm’, Vitra Design Workshop Boisbuchet, 2003 ‘Reproject’, HfG Karlsruhe, 2003 ‘Reproject’, Domus Academy, Milan, 2003 ‘Hack’, Domus Academy, Milan, 2002

SELECTED LECTURES

HGK Braunschweig, 2010

ADF / London Design Week, 2010

UdK Berlin, 2010

Pecha Kucha, Lisbon, 2009

Lynfabbriken Aarhus, Denmark, 2009

Israel Design Conference, Jerusalem, 2009

HBK Hamburg, 2009

DMY Berlin, 2009

Museum of Art, Indianapolis, 2009

DMY Berlin, 2008

DESIGNMAI, Berlin, 2006

Clubovka, Bratislava, 2006

RCA, London, 2006

Design Center Prague, 2006

Ikejiri Institute of Design, Tokyo, 2005

Goethe Institute, Tokyo, 2005

Academy of Fine Arts, Prague, 2005

Sapienza, University of Rome, 2004

Museum of Art, Iceland, 2003

RCA, London, 2003