PCH INNOVATIONS is fueled by the core experiences of our diverse team. Our products, services and new business solutions reflect the inspiration and revelations derived from our work history, personal histories, travels and daily practices.

We focus on producing powerful solutions by emulating the magnetic charges of chance and serendipity. We transpose the lessons attained from various firsthand experiences into tangible platforms ranging from hardware and software to ceramic or steel, each embodying an overarching narrative extending from the pages of our self-defined – and refined – discoveries, principles and beliefs.

PCH works with partners through a highly collaborative, imaginative and fluid process, combining Disruptive Strategies with Dreamtelligence and Design Fiction. We employ multi-perspective practices to source inspiration from all relevant fields, whether intrinsic to our partner’s environment, or adapted from other valuable planes of experience.

PCH INNOVATIONS’ development system involves sustained questioning and conversation. We address our clients’ needs by first understanding their mandate, and then inventing a specialized approach to transforming those reasons into innovative, resonant results.

We invent concepts, design their features, functions, and form, and engineer their materialization for future consumer and market demands.

Due to the confidential nature of our future-oriented innovation projects, we are often prohibited from publishing information or images regarding recent ventures. The following cases comprise the portion of what we are permitted to share publicly.


Our Mandate:

  • Ongoing scientific findings are advancing our understanding of the universe and origins of our existence.
  • At PCH, we are dedicated to democratizing the essential knowledge of our times, and to feeding our intrinsic desire for understanding through continuous learning, striving to heighten our knowledge and experience.
  • We believe art is the ideal tool for elucidating complex and crucial science.
  • With PROJECT Ω, our aim is to actively re-interpret and re-shape empirical and theoretical knowledge by connecting existing paradigms and beliefs with new information gained through personally resonant investigations and discovery.

Our Approach:

  • String Theory postulates the possibility of 10 space-time dimensions. This pushes on our limits of understanding. Since we are programmed to frame everything within three dimensions of space and one dimension of time, the idea of six more dimensions is difficult to accept. While we cannot yet experience all 10 dimensions, we can still represent their possibility through our four-dimensional framework.
  • The ΩI Artifact is our artistic interpretation of String Theory, which promises nothing less than a complete unified description of all forces and particle matter, revealing all of nature in harmonious and manifold composition.
  • For ΩI, we translated the multi-dimensional aspect of String Theory revealed through a mathematical construction called the ‘Calabi Yau’ into an experiential artifact, a geometric compactification.
  • The Calabi-Yau in our ΩI Artifact visualizes how the six imperceptible dimensions included in String Theory can be folded into one another. When the Calabi-Yau folds to its maximum, its symmetry is revealed, and we experience a scientific perplexity through a captivating aesthetic.
  • The potential for String Theory is vast. It might even offer the ultimate design tool to master matter. Most importantly, this exploration of nature’s complexity is a path toward a higher human capability of conceptualization. By looking beyond our spatial and temporal capacities, we break open our cognitive limitations and forge bold new perspectives.


  • To make multiple space-time dimensions of String Theory visible, we animated and integrated it into a 3D-holographic projection with a stereoscopic display as its heart – to fascinate a diverse audience through an inspiring object that draws an understanding of science at its core.

Please find more information about the project here: Project Omega

For product inquiries please mail to moonshot@pch-innovations.com



Our Mandate:

  • Initiating a game-changing move and pioneering the field of hyper-perceptual & implicit/ passive driver-vehicle interaction
  • Designing the in-car interaction from scratch – to maximize safety, efficiency & joy of use
  • Demonstrating and successfully leveraging the power of brain-computer-interfaces in cars

Our Approach:

  • Focusing on two main cases, related to autonomous driving – driver’s mental workload & driver’s awareness – where we use the BCI-technology to obtain driver’s EEG data and combine this with data from other cars, their environment and the current traffic situation; to guarantee that the system's reactions are optimized along the individual driver’s preferences – for safety first
  • Using BCI-technology to make other systems work more reliably, like gesture recognition, biometrics or eye tracking


  • We are currently working on an integration of 3 scenarios in a demonstrator vehicle
  • Many other scenarios can be envisioned, especially when it is about reinforcing other biometric systems for e.g. drowsiness detection, distraction monitoring, aggressiveness & stress analysis
  • Beyond automotive applications, BCI could drastically enhance human machine interactions in critical situations where full understanding of the user is necessary, as e.g. mining, tactical scenarios, medical surgery, aviation, power plant management

-- In cooperation with FEV Engineering, TU Berlin & UCSD --

BCI Experiment @ PCH Lab

PCH's BCI-Concept


Our Mandate:

  • Reinvent the Smartphone as wearable and non-intrusive device in 2020/25
  • Use cutting-edge technology with high chance for feasibility
  • Approach as design fiction project

Our Approach:

  • Conduct consumer scouting, and translate latent needs into compelling concepts
  • Define use cases
  • Design mock-ups
  • Screen for specialized, high-end component suppliers
  • Develop software and hardware components


  • Digital Mock-Ups for wearable device
  • Running virtual prototypes
  • Solution for 3D stereoscopic projection
  • Device with high consumer & market relevance
PCH INNOVATIONS – Future Wearable Devices
PCH INNOVATIONS – Future Wearable Devices

PCH INNOVATIONS – Future Wearable Devices


Our Mandate:

  • Caustics are captivating light patterns, created by materials focusing or diverting light by refraction or reflection. Normally we know caustics as random side effects. (e.g. play of light in water)
  • Whenever multiple rays of light converge on the same point on a surface, they cause that region to become relatively brighter than its surrounding regions; these non-uniform distributions of bright and dark regions are known as caustics
  • We wanted to find a way to control caustic patterns – to form almost any desired shape by optimizing the geometry of the reflective or refractive surface generating the caustic

Our Approach:

  • Real-time computer graphics have been influenced by image-space algorithms, i.e., algorithms that operate on images of objects rather than the object geometry
  • E.g. shadow or displacement mapping is a widely used image-space technique for rendering shadows by performing a simple depth test on rasterized pixels rather than doing expensive shadow-ray intersection tests with the scene geometry
  • Image-space algorithms allow for a fast, approximative approach for rendering various optical effects that are prohibitively slow to produce using conventional geometric techniques, especially for real-time applications such as games
  • Recent research developments have introduced a new image-space technique for rendering caustics in real-time: Caustics Mapping
  • The convergence of the light rays is generally caused by reflective or refractive objects, which bend the rays causing them to change their direction and focus on a single point


  • Our inhouse developed caustics mapping algorithm simulates this light transport using an approximative image-space approach to render visually convincing caustics in real-time
  • The concept of our algorithm is quite simple and intuitive: It starts with tracing light through the refractive object; the footprints of the refracted light are then collected onto an image plane facing the light source to create a caustics map
  • Translation in various objects (that unfortunately can not be disclosed)

-- In collaboration with EPFL École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne --

Registered Patent as of 2017

Caustic Reflection/ Refraction


Our Mandate:

  • Develop a 3D stereoscopic center display, almost levitating on car's instrument panel

Our Approach:

  • Conduct consumer scouting, and translate latent needs into compelling concepts
  • Development of transparent, curved & auto-stereoscopic 3d-center display
  • Displayed information empathically adapts to context and various situations
  • Effect of floating information elements – tight to driver's eyes via eye- and face-tracking


  • Automatically populating and de-populating display layers
  • Intuitive use via touch, gesture and voice control
  • Glasses-free 3D view via auto-stereoscopic screen technology
  • Information to be displayed: in-car O2-level, temperature & air flow, music BPM & volume, Driver's heartbeat & pulse, mediathek
  • Information can seamlessly and naturally be swiped between all in-car displays – via tactile controls, embedded in steering wheel and center console

-- In cooperation with Mirai Media Lab and FEV Consulting --



Our Mandate:

  • For us as innovation designers, it is not only our duty to explore, but to exceed our own innate dimensions
  • One path to exceed is integrating the beauty and complexity of science, math and art into new functions, aesthetics and objects
  • This time we experiment with self-similar, broken and fractured geometry – fractals
  • Fractals, as a manifestation of universal knowledge, and as a metaphor for the infinite possibilities available to us.

Our Approach:

  • x = abs(x+Fold)-abs(x-Fold)-x
  • y = abs (y+Fold)-abs(y-Fold)-y
  • z = abs (x+Fold)-abs(x-Fold)-z
  • rr= xx+yy+z*z
  • if rr < sqr(Min_R) then m=Scale/sqr(Min_R) else
  • if rr < 1 then m=Scale/rr else m=Scale
  • x = x*m+Cx
  • y = y*m+Cy
  • z = z*m+Cz


  • Fractals provide a simple solution to capture the enormous detail and irregularity of clouds and landscapes
  • Fractal geometry is an efficient way to draw realistic natural objects on a computer screen
  • We can use fractals to model dynamics of eco-systems
  • We found infinite aesthetic possibilities – static and dynamic
  • Translation in various objects (that unfortunately can not be disclosed)

Fractal Design


Client’s Mandate:

  • Reinvent urban mobility in response to increased market fragmentation and changing consumer needs
  • Develop unique vehicle concept as a brand mobilizer for market turnaround – to be presented at L.A. Auto Show 2006

PCH’s Approach:

  • Orchestrate 12-month innovation lab, engaging a multidisciplinary team of 12 leading experts and creatives from Volkswagen Group
  • Integrate consumers, enthusiast clubs and major technology partners in development process


  • Creation of innovative 3-wheeler concept vehicle, presented at L.A. Auto Show 2006
  • Construction of two running prototypes and one show car
  • Development of feasible business case, partnership and sourcing strategy
  • Development of holistic marketing, communication and retail concept

-- In cooperation with Lotus Cars PLC and Magna Steyr Fahrzeugtechnik AG & Co KG --

GX3 on Wikipedia

Volkswagen – GX3 Unveil at LA Auto Show 2006

Volkswagen – GX3 Emotional Testing

Volkswagen – GX3 Prototype Testing

Volkswagen – Georg Karcher drives GX3 Prototype


Client's Mandate:

  • Become the first European automotive manufacturer in the US to be recognized as a high-end tuner
  • Develop 3 concept cars displaying Volkswagen’s aftermarket part and accessory line, to be displayed at SEMA 2005
  • Emotionalize the VW brand through the development of high-end customization concept for VW Jetta, Passat and Touareg

PCH’s Approach:

  • Develop distinctive VW Euro-tuning concept, promoting ‘German Engineering’ in the US
  • Leverage immediate revenue potential for VW
  • Make select tuning parts available at dealerships immediately following introduction of concept vehicles
  • Embrace US tuning and aftermarket community in addition to VW’s US dealer network


  • Creation of three unique vehicle concepts incorporating 650 hp, 4WD, modified body parts & custom paint concepts
  • Unique nomadic device integration (PSP, iPod, etc.)
  • Invention and orchestration of R GT brand
  • SEMA Award 2005

-- In cooperation with HPA Motorsports and RWB --


Client’s Mandate:

  • Provide Volkswagen Group’s strategic framework for 2018+ in the US market
  • Reposition VW brand in the US
  • Identify potential sweet-spots for existing & new vehicles, and for new business fields

PCH’s Approach:

  • Develop unique, innovative project approach and set-up
  • Orchestrate global selection of 25 team members from 15 different VW departments
  • Create 18-month live-work environment in LA
  • Conduct 300+ qualitative and 6.000+ quantitative consumer interviews, home stays, ethnographic ride-alongs, etc.
  • Engage continuous dialogue with consumers, experts, dealers and other industries throughout entire project
  • Visualize tangible consumer worlds for 2015+

- Conduct several international scouting trips (US, Japan, India, China) - Coordinate 360° brand evaluation - Tear-down three competitor vehicles incl. product engineering and source analysis


  • Creation of specification book for American and Chinese models of 2010 Jetta and 2011 Passat (partially result of project Swanlake in China)
  • Reduction of Jetta product costs by 5%
  • Reposition of VW brand in US market
  • Derivation of US-specific vehicle architecture, form language, functional vehicle concept and aesthetic framework
  • Redefinition of VW’s early product development phase
  • Aggregation of holistic scouting and foresight toolbox
  • Development of new framework for multidisciplinary work environments and cooperative culture evolution

Volkswagen – MOONRAKER (Fast Facts)

Volkswagen – MOONRAKER (Scouting America)


Client’s Mandate:

  • Prove business case for a new automotive player in the electric vehicle segment
  • Enrich product and service concept(s)
  • Redesign vehicle exterior with high customization potential

PCH’s Approach:

  • Initiate ongoing 360° assessment of product quality, manufacturing & logistic process reliability in US and China
  • Identify infrastructural solution for integration of CODA’s power storage solutions
  • Create a low-cost approach for vehicle’s exterior redesign – with high potential for open collaborations with fleet and private customers


  • Development of concepts for utilization of battery technology as large-scale power-storage units in infrastructural and humanitarian context
  • Integration of CODA’s battery technology into Make it Right’s sustainable housing project, New Orleans (US), as well as the Zahara Children’s Center, Addis Ababa (Ethiopia)
  • Development of low-cost decal design concept, with high degree of customization and significant revenue potential
  • Creation of special edition signature design

CODA Automotive – Decal Project I

CODA Automotive – Decal Project III

CODA Automotive – Decal Project II

CODA Automotive – Decal Project IV


Client’s Mandate:

  • Evolve brand positioning and brand values
  • Create art piece with strong narrative and high revenue potential
  • Reconnect with young target group on a global scale

PCH’s Approach:

  • Inside-Out/Outside-In: Conduct 100 interviews with employees, stakeholders and customers – from supervisory board to interns, from retailers to architects
  • Reinvent artist-brand collaboration based on Villeroy & Boch art heritage
  • Invent new process for product development
  • Accompany new products with 360° communication strategy
  • Materialize future narratives


  • Reinterpretation of Villeroy & Boch brand in the context of future developments and consumer needs
  • Development of ‘Second Glance’ theme as a guideline for communication and product development
  • Limited Sink Art Edition consisting of 100 unique pieces to transfer into series production in collaboration with Ebon Heath, artist in residence at PCH INNOVATIONS
  • Ceramic surface as a tactile and visual experience: New relief technique (emboss-deboss) applied on Limited Sink Art Edition
  • Development of new product categories – Ceramic jewelry (necklaces)
  • Poetry, pattern and ceramic combined to create a unique mobile art sculpture
  • Two films, documenting the company and the project, with new aesthetic approach
  • Launch events and roadshow throughout Berlin, Shanghai, Moscow, London, Paris, New York City
  • Mindset-shift in product development process

Loop Art Project Website

PCH INNOVATIONS – Villeroy & Boch, Second Glance Part I

PCH INNOVATIONS – Villeroy & Boch, Second Glance Part II


Client‘s Mandate:

  • Understand Digital Natives as future workforce and consumers of future information, communication and technology solutions
  • Define future challenges for an organizational integration of Digital Natives within large organizations
  • Derive new models and processes for cooperatives and large organizations in approaching the target group of Digital Natives
  • Empower the vision for the digital generation

PCH’s Approach:

  • Create six relevant content streams – focused on future work environments – as a motif for the Digital Natives Innovation Camp: Collaborative Value Creation, Knowledge Cultivation, Next Generation Identity, Skill Management, Leadership, and Intellectual Property
  • Develop concept for six-week-long live & work innovation camp, creating a cutting-edge technology environment, with a focus on practical solutions for future corporate environments
  • Intensively elaborate content streams through living and working together
  • Create a continuous sphere of cross-generational exchange


  • Decoding of Digital Natives’ behavior patterns
  • Development of 16 prototypes and mock-ups (hardware and software) for new business and service solutions, with high potential for direct implementation
  • Translation of findings into implications for organizations, leadership models and work environments
  • Further implementation of project results in Project i at BMW Group and Deutsche Telekom via several pilot projects

-- In cooperation with BMW Group, SAP & Burda Digital Media --

Deutsche Telekom, Palomar5 – Digital Natives Innovation Camp

Deutsche Telekom, Palomar5 – Digital Natives Micro Innovation Camp