Born near Pittsburgh, Mark Goetz is principal and founder of TZ Design in New York City. He studied industrial design at Pratt Institute, including a semester spent abroad studying furniture design and architecture with professors from the Danish Royal Academy in Copenhagen. In 1993, he returned to Pratt, this time as an industrial design professor where he taught in the undergraduate and Master’s program for twenty years.
While Goetz has designed products for numerous consumer brands, including Marimekko, Le Sportsac, Crate & Barrel, and Steuben, his first design for the contract furniture industry was Geiger’s Washington Avenue family of seating. The collaboration was the start of a long, fruitful relationship, highlighted by the popular Full Twist Chair and Taper Chair. The latter, which he designed in collaboration with longtime Herman Miller seating advisor Dr. Brock Walker, earned Contract magazine’s Best of NeoCon gold award in the ergonomic desk/task chair category in 2017.
The design for Taper reflects Goetz’s passion for designing new ways to address evolving human needs. “The way we perform work is constantly changing; therefore, so should our chairs,” he says. “The emergence of new technologies also brings about new behavior and work environments. I am always excited to understand and embrace these changes, so that we can continue to support healthy work habits.”