A Discontent Dreamer.
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, eventually leading to his co-founding of product and spatial design studio Think & Shift. Under the Think & Shift brand, he designed award winning products, spaces and experiences for companies such as Microsoft, Auckland Transport, I Love Ugly, BoConcept, and many more.
In 2015 Kamp became increasingly frustrated by the unsustainable practices, technological restrictions and monotonous outputs of industrial design. He sold his shares in Think & Shift and left the company to build KAMP.studio; a practice that would allow him to transition from industrial design toward the emerging field of post-industrial design, to focus on his creative energy on the exploration of more expressive and more elegant alternatives to conventional product design,