Philip Kottlorz was born in 1985 in Tübingen. In 2007 he enrolled at the State Academy of Fine Arts in Stuttgart to study industrial design, graduating in 2013. Before and during his studies he completed various internships, among others for Ippolito Fleitz Group GmbH Identity Architects in Stuttgart.
From August 2011 to January 2012 he interrupted his studies to spend a semester on an Erasmus scholarship at the École nationale supérieure des arts décoratifs in Paris, France. From the end of 2012 onwards Kottlorz freelanced as a media producer for Kniff Projektagentur, where he has been a member of the permanent staff since February 2014. In his spare time, Kottlorz does voluntary work for various institutions.