The Lepper Schmidt Sommerlade design agency based in Kassel is primarily involved in the area of designing furniture for commercial applications. One of its trademarks is combining competence in design and construction. Independent projects with architects, graphic designers and artists provide inspiration for drafts for serial products. The agency has received several design awards. Christian Lepper was born in Bad Honnef am Rhein in 1958. After training as a carpenter, he went on to study design and architecture in Kassel. Roland Schmidt was born in Peine in 1961. After training as a carpenter, he too studied design in Kassel. Uwe Sommerlade was born in Calden in 1961. He too trained as a carpenter before going on to study design in Kassel.