An industrial designer, not an artist
Art director of Thonet Germany, consultant to Muji Japan,
restoring motorcycles, and, of course, watching my sons grow up
Why do you do what you do?
Because I don’t have a boss—but some of my clients are bossy.
First step on a project
Leave it on one side for a few days
Last step on a project
Waiting for the royalties
How do you break a creative block?
Work on a different project
It really started after I left college and has never stopped.
Unfortunately, I am convinced that mankind is too selfish to save the world. We should all learn to do as little damage as possible.
First act as “design czar”
What is a design czar?
It’s a secret what I sit on. But I would like to have the FS by Wilkhahn—over 20 years old and still beautiful.
Office sound track
There is only the “blooong” of the Macs in the morning. I prefer to work without music, much to the aggravation of my assistants. Sometimes to break the silence I put on “The Power,” by Snap!
A papier-mâche Ganesh
Most useful tool
Folding the corner over. Very naughty and disrespectful to books.
Best place to think
In bed when you wake up in the middle of the night
The biography of Hergé (for the second time)
The Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird
The Airbus A380
The Four Seasons restaurant in New York. Sorry, kind of obvious. It really is superb, though.
Barack Obama. (If this is too political, then “sleep.”)
Sarah Palin. (If this is too political, then “disco dancing.” I was never good at it.)
Learned the hard way
To swim. I was thrown in. Horrible.
One where you are happy with yourself