Michael is trained as a cabinet maker in Germany, received a Bachelor Degree in Industrial Design from the ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena, USA and completed his Masters Degree in Design Products at the Royal College of Art in London. Before opening his own studio in 2003, he has worked as an Automotive Designer for Volkswagen AG, Germany.
Sans’ past clients include companies such as 'Volkswagen AG', 'Ahlers AG' or 'Adam Opel GmbH'. He has designed window campaigns and installations for 'Hugo Boss', 'Jet Set' and 'Pierre Cardin' and has developed the store-concept for 'Baldessarini'. Sans has designed furniture for various clients and did the interior design and art direction for the Michelin-Star-Restaurant 'Nobelhart & Schmutzig' in Berlin.
He created the interior design for the head-quarters of acclaimed law-firm 'Hyazinth LLP' in Potsdamer Platz, Berlin, an office space for lawyers 'Friedrich Graf von Westphalen' in Leipziger Platz in Berlin and is currently working on an office space of the notary 'OMX Legal', again in Berlin.
He has developed the store-concepts for a bakery ('GRAGGER BROT') and a butchers' shop ('Gut Kerkow').
In 2008 he launched SANS, an accessories label for very exclusive, hand-made, mostly limited edition luxury goods.
Sans is associate professor at the renowned ArtCenter College of Design and is teaching at both campuses (Berlin and Pasadena, California, USA).