Born in Germany in 1978, Katrin Greiling left for Sweden in 1998 to study cabinet making and fine carpentry at Capellagarden. She continued her education with a 5 year master's degree in furniture design and interior architecture at the prestigious Konstfack University in Stockholm. After graduating she started on a quest to explore design globally: During a three-year stay in Dubai she was commissioned to design global offices for a property developer. Research trips took her to Shanghai, Cairo and Istanbul. She studied the culture of the Middle East. Some important works were created during this period, including the Bidoun Sofa Series, consisting of stacked mattresses inspired by the daily life of traditional Bedouins.
In 2013 she moved Studio Greiling from Stockholm to Berlin, Germany. Her work combines Furniture Design, Interior Architecture and Photography – an interdisciplinary mix, which enables her to tackle her projects from a variety of perspectives.
Studio Greiling's creations have won numerous design awards and participate in many international projects and exhibitions. In 2010 she was featured in the first Wallpaper Handmade exhibition by the UK’s Wallpaper magazine. In 2012 she was one of the designers selected for the Halingdal 65 show by Kvadrat. Together with Etienne Descloux she developed the “Freunde von Freunden” x Vitra apartment in 2014 – a showroom and event space in Berlin. Her most recent collaboration was with Kinnasand. It took her to Milan for the Structures exhibition in April, 2018, which explored the interface between carpet and object.
In 2017 Katrin Greiling was appointed to the position of Professor of Product Design at University of Fine Arts in Saarbrücken.