Designer by training, artist by nature; Daniel Kamp describes himself as an obsessive futurist who feels compelled to contribute to evolution through creativity.
Daniel Kamp was born in rural Rotorua and raised working on farms, skating in cities, and snowboarding on mountains around New Zealand's North Island. The son of an eccentric, entrepreneurial, bio farming father and a convention challenging, business strategist mother, Daniel had a rebellious streak that often landed him in conflict with authoritative figures. This defiance was rooted in a discontent with the status quo - a quality that led to his expulsion from boarding school at age 17.
After just surviving high school, Kamp went on to study Design Innovation majoring in Industrial Design, at Victoria University of Wellington. While studying he learned to use his dislike of 'what is' and foresight for 'what could be' as powerful tools for creativity. He graduated at the top of his class with awards for outstanding achievement but resisted pressure to continue on to a Master's degree.
Not long into working in the professional world, Daniel co-founded his first design business - contemporary furniture and lighting design brand Y.S Collective. Working out of a cold warehouse on the city fringe of Tauranga, Daniel and his two partners designed a collection of furniture and lighting that went on to retail at high end stores around New Zealand and Australia, exhibit at Maison & Object Asia, receive multiple design award nominations and feature in international media.
Whilst designing products for Y.S Collective, Kamp also began to undertake design contract work for clients, leading to his co-founding of product and spatial design studio Think & Shift. Under the Think & Shift brand, he designed award winning products and spaces for companies such as Microsoft, BoConcept, I Love Ugly and many more. He also worked as a design innovation consultant for The Comfort Group and Auckland Transport.
In 2015 Daniel Kamp sold his shares in Think & Shift and left the company to build KAMP.studio; a practice that would allow him to transition from commercial design toward the world of art design, to focus on his true creative passion, the exploration of new ideas and technologies.