Michiel Cornelissen Ontwerp is a small, highly skilled product design studio in Utrecht, The Netherlands – some 25 minutes from Amsterdam. We create exceptional product designs and experiences, working with clients that range from major international brands to startups. Our studio has extensive knowledge of and experience with emerging design technologies such as generative design and 3d printing, but we’re always aware that such technologies will be most useful at the service of in-depth customer insights and benefits.

For electronics and healthcare giant Philips we provide design services from conceptual design to production implementation.

Pod a porter neckband for shuffle 4 three quarter orange

For a major consumer audio company in the United States, we regularly provide 2 to 5 year visions on product design, user interaction and customer experience.


We’ve been helping fast growing 3D printing brand Ultimaker with product design, interaction and design strategy consultancy relating to new generations of their 3D printers.

Next to our client work, we initiate independent projects – partly to keep developing our design skills, and partly because it’s fun. Some of these products are now being sold at places such as the Tate Modern in London and the MoMA’s in New York and Japan.

We’d love to talk to you and find out how we can help on your next project.

Internships – product design
We regularly have internship positions available. Please send your portfolio to the e-mail address above if you are an advanced student or recent graduate, and have top skills in one or more of these disciplines:

  • Industrial design
  • Interaction design
  • CAD (Rhino/ SolidWorks or similar)
  • Rendering (Keyshot or other)

Jobs – user interaction (freelance)

 If you have a great talent for creating highly innovative user interaction concepts, we’d like to get to know you. By preference, you have experience with both software based interaction and hardware concepts.

Publications, Interviews, Awards and Exhibitions

My Penguin Sippy Cup wins Red Dot Design Award, iF Design Award and GIO Award

Video about Michiel Cornelissen & Dutch Design with Shapeways 3d-printing (20.000 views and counting…)

Philips Multiva receives IF Design Award and GIO Award

Michiel’s insider guide for Utrecht in Holland Herald, December 2014

Article in Bright Magazine featuring (a.o.) Iris van Herpen, Janne Kyttanen and Michiel Cornelissen

Interview on DeLood

IF award for Ladyshave 6317-6319

Model Citizens NYC Exhibition, Hosfelt Gallery, New York Design Week 2010

Merry Bird and Happy Bird products in MoMA store and catologue, New York & Japan

An overview of my work for design label Soonsalon in Japanese publication Jewelit.

30 Pencil Icosahedron and Pod à Porter published in Japanese magazine AXIS

‘Designer’s clever devices bring order to a cluttered world’. Interview with Michiel Cornelissen on

MoMA’s Bonnie Mackay on Happy Bird and Merry Bird jewelry in Dutch newsaper Algemeen Dagblad

Happy Bird in 2011 Wohlers Report

Philips Ladyshave 6317-6319 in 1000 new designs by Jennifer Hudson

Pod à Porter Published in Japnese FND

36 Pencil Bowl published in book Material +: Creative Products by Artpower publishers, China

Exhibitor at Skopje Design Week 2011, Macedonia

Interview with Michiel Cornelissen in UK magazine, 3d Artist

Dutch Design Week 2010 joint exhibition with 3d-printing company Shapeways; exhibit with 16 special edition Pencil Icosahedra