Just Do It“, a phrase coined/ trademarked by Nike – this is the ideal by which Kurt Merki Jr. lives by. Unafraid, bold, creative, hungry and persistent still despite all his success and fame, from designing products and spaces for corporate giants like Duravit, to creating the concept design for stores like Laederach, and Koch Optik store to name a few, this Swiss-Ghanaian designer is blazing a trail in Europe that makes us proud.

Kurt, based in Zurich, Switzerland, is not afraid of a challenge. He is a true designer who does not wait to be commissioned but designs on inspiration and makes bold pitches to companies. It was such a bold move that earned him a place in Duravit’s line of designers. Born in Ghana to a Swiss master carpenter and a Ghanaian fashion designer, Kurt Merki had a unique upbringing. At an early age, he was exposed to the world of design and trade, accompanying his father to Europe to market products from Kurt Merki Sr.’s wood work factory, which was based in Ghana.