In Mark Goetz’s 30 year design career he has been responsible for innovative collections of seating and furniture pieces with a classically modern appeal.

SINCE THE INCEPTION of his firm TZ Design, Mark has worked with many companies and produced a stream of award winning and noteworthy projects. He began by working with Brickel Associates, where he introduced a series of lounge and guest seating which is still on the market and available through Geiger International.

WITH BERNHARDT DESIGN, Mark created a line of enduring furniture. He conceived and developed an extensive collection of chairs, casegoods, lounge chairs and occasional tables. In a period of 15 years he realized over 70 designs exhibiting a range of styles which utilized a variety of materials from metal and glass to wood and upholstery. Mark established a high level of design and influence that continues today within the Bernhardt Design offering.

IN 1998, Mark was commissioned to design a sofa for the renowned Herman Miller Collection. The goal was to create an innovative piece that would still be compatible the work of great design icons such as Charles & Ray Eames, George Nelson, and Isamu Noguchi. The Goetz Sofa is a design of beauty, comfort and functionality. It is perfectly suited for everyday living. Through the years Mark has forged a strong working relationship with Herman Miller where he has also been engaged in several projects including ergonomic task seating, collaboration, and guest chairs. His most recent contribution to the Collection was the Full Twist Chair.

IN ADDITION to his professional practice, Mark served as an industrial design professor at Pratt Institute for 20 years. In the Graduate Furniture Studio, his students were responsible for the ideation, design, and execution of an actual piece of furniture. This student centered course encouraged students to develop their own voice and nurture a unique and individual point of view.

CURRENTLY, Mark is applying his many rich experiences to a wide array of projects. For Nucraft, he designs conferencing and private office solutions. For the residential and hospitality markets, he is teaming his understanding of comfort and proportion with companies that share his appreciation for fine craftsmanship. For the healthcare industry, he is providing elegant solutions by combining a human-centric approach with aesthetic sophistication. And, for the educational market, Mark is creating agile products which support technology and invite collaboration. Today, regardless of the application, Mark remains passionate about innovation, respectful of the environment, and ever mindful of human needs.


2018, Geiger, Taper Chair, Architizer A+ Awards, Special Mention, Commercial Furniture Category

2018 Geiger, Taper Chair, Red Dot Award, Ergonomic Task Seating

2017 Geiger, Taper Chair, Best of Neocon Gold, Ergonomic Task Seating

2013 Nucraft, Merino, Best of Neocon Silver: Case goods

2011 Cabot Wrenn, Pratt Chair, Interior Design Magazine Best of Year Award: Seating

2009 Nucraft, Arena, Best of Neocon Silver, Seating: Bench

2008 Nucraft, Tavola, Interior Design Magazine Merit Award

2008 Nucraft, Tavola, Best of Neocon Silver, Table: Conference

2007 Cabot Wrenn, Open Arms, Best of Neocon Gold, Healthcare Seating: Patient

2006 Nucraft Shine, Best of Neocon Silver, Table: Occasional

2005 Cabot Wrenn, Tenure, Best of Neocon Gold, Seating: Guest

2000 Bernhardt Design, Perimeter Table, Chicago Athenaeum’s Good Design Competition

2000 Bernhardt Design, Esperanto Best of NeoCon Gold Award for seating

1998 Bernhardt Design, Cirque Table, Best of NeoCon Gold Award for occasional tables

1996 Bernhardt Design, Serenade, Best of NeoCon Gold Award for tables

1996 Bernhardt Design, Aria Chair, Best of NeoCon Gold Award for seating

1996 Bernhardt Design, Aria Chair, IIDA Apex Award for seating

1993 Bernhardt Design, Tribeca Chair Institute of Business Designers Award for seating