Amanda’s aim is to design products that people connect with and create great experiences.


Amanda Buckley is an American product designer based in Zürich, Switzerland. She specializes in the design of furniture, lighting, product systems, design research, and product experience installations.

She began her career in corporate America designing office furniture for a global manufacturer, thus her work spans the simple to the complex with a deep understanding of the context in which things live. Amanda uses design as a way to think through contemporary issues while exploring the frequencies between the lines. With a hands-on approach, she employs a rigorous yet fluid process that values collaboration, research, and making.

Amanda works internationally as both an independent and freelance designer.


Awards & Accolades (selected)

European Product Design Award, Bronze, 2017 (Empty Light).
Conran + Fab Disrupting Design, Winner, 2013 (Empty Light).
Deutsche Bank Award for Creative Enterprise, Runner-up, 2012 (Home Grown / South Africa).
Helen Hamlyn Design Award, nominee, 2012 (Home Grown / South Africa).
GOOD DESIGN Award, 2010 (Steelcase, Elective Elements).
Best of NeoCon Gold Award, 2008 (Steelcase, c:scape).

Teaching & Workshops

KaTO Architecture, USA, Design Mentor, 2015. 
Norway University for Science and Technology, Norway, Visiting Lecturer, 2014.
Honk Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, Visiting Lecturer, 2013.
National Art and Design Saturday Club, UK, Lighting design workshops, 2013.

Exhibitions (selected)

Breaking Through, London Design Festival, London, UK, 2014 (Lighting for Learning).
Works, Ventura Lambrate, Milan, Italy, 2013 (Empty Light).
RCA Collective, Dutch Design Week, Eindhoven, The Netherlands, 2012 (various).
RCA Paradise, Ventura Lambrate, Milan, Italy, 2012 (Valezina Table).
Steelcase, NeoCon, Chicago, USA, 2008-2010 (various).


Royal College of Art, London, UK, 2012,
MA in Design Products

Savannah College of Art & Design, Savannah, USA, 2005,
BFA in Furniture Design, Minor in Decorative Arts