Claus-Christian Eckhardt studied art history at the Philipps-Universität Marburg and industrial design at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste Braunschweig. He worked as interior designer for Silvestrin Design, was in charge of designing consumer electronics and communication products at Blaupunkt where he was also responsible for the design of the Bosch Telecom product range and Bosch mobile phones. Later, he became chief designer and head of global product design with Bosch and after that head of design at Tenovis and Avaya. Since 2000, he also works as a freelance designer and consultant for LG, Nokia, Omega, Sagem, Siemens, Suunto, Whirlpool, and others.
Since 2001, he is professor and head of the division of industrial design at Lund University in Sweden.
He received several national and international awards and recognitions, e.g. Red Dot Award, IF-Hannover, Good Design Award (The Chicago Athenaeum), ID Annual Design Review, The International Design Yearbook. His research fields are design management and design implementation.