Barbara Friedrich, born in 1951, trained as a multilingual secretary after finishing school. She later went on to study Communication, Literature and Philosophy at the Ruhr-University in Bochum. She has been linked with design, architecture and home lifestyles via her journalism since the early 1980s.
After holding senior positions at the magazines Ambiente, Elle Deco and Architektur&Wohnen, she was appointed Editor-in-Chief of the home & lifestyle magazine ZuhauseWohnen in 1993. From 1999 to 2016, she was Editor-in-Chief of A&W Architektur&Wohnen by the Hamburg publisher Jahreszeiten-Verlag and also served as the magazine’s publisher. Since 2016, Barbara Friedrich has worked as a freelance author, presenter and jury member in the design industry. She also produces short videos on design classics, which can be viewed on YouTube and her website.