After studying art in Zurich, Berlin and Hamburg, Linde Burkhardt now divides her time between Germany, France and Italy, assimilating the ideas and atmospheres of the places she lives and works in. As well as being an architecture and design critic, she teaches, paints and designs, and organises exhibitions. One of her abiding interests is the influence that objects and places have on people. In Hamburg she helped to create public-space environments and founded the Urbane Design group. She explored the theme of play for Documenta 5 in Kassel and published (Emme Edizioni) a book Abitare con i bambini (Living with Children) based on her experiments investigating how children perceive various kinds of domestic space. Her design work explores sculptural forms, the possibilities of lettering, signs and symbols, and the powerful influence that colour has on people. She began designing carpets for Driade in 1987, and designed a pottery and ceramics collection for driadekosmo in 1995.