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CovetED Exclusive Interview with Drechsler InteriorsMonday 27 February 2017
Drechsler Interiors create a world of magic and fantasy. If you ever visit Nuremberg take the tour up to the Unterlangenstadt, where this wonderful showroom is based on. It is not an ordinary shop. You will find yourself visiting the home of good lighting concepts and harmonious interior architecture.
- How have you decided to embrace your profession?
As a kid I loved drawing and recast my room several times, also designing/building my own bed and racks … so it was obvious to move into this direction.
- What do you love about your work?
Being creative and trying to find exactly the right solution for every client
- Who inspired you to grow, personally and professionally?
No one special.
- Where did you grow up? Do you think the places we live in have influence in our lives somehow?
I grew up just a few kilometers from where I live now. For sure do, the places we live in have influence in our lives. For example, where I grew up, there wasn’t much traffic, but a lot of nature and quietness. When I was working in Dortmund and Nuremberg, very soon it was clear to me, that this is not the way I want to live the rest of my life, as there were far too much traffic and too less nature. I’m glad, to live in this area again and never want to live in a bigger city, even if it would surely be much better for my profession, but home is where your heart is!
- How would you describe your style? Do you have a signature touch in the showroom?
I love clear modern room designs, mixed with some highlights, this could, for example, be a special way I style a wall, or maybe great unique lamps or furniture pieces, together with a good, atmospheric lighting concept.
Our showroom has a signature touch, as it is not like common showrooms, but in an old stable, which I renovated, to bring in my personal note (as described before) … also to surprise clients, when they come to our little village and don’t have too many expectations.
- Where do you draw your inspiration from when advising clients?
To me, it always depends on what the clients’ want, so I need to talk to them first, to find it out, concerning style, materials, etc. And of course, how much money they are willing to spend. The inspiration has got to subordinate then.
- What is your philosophy on work and life?
Just be yourself … and try to enjoy both
- What was your favorite class at high-school or university?
- What do you love to do in your spare time? What are your hobbies?
I nearly have no spare time, but I love to listen to music and the good thing about my job is, that I can listen to music nearly most of the day.
- What’s the hit song in your iPod/radio?
I don’t have an iPod and don’t listen to radio at all, as there’s nothing interesting to hear for me … I’m still listening to good old Vinyl-LP’s and CD’s … and hit songs, I’m afraid, I got too far to mention.
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- What’s your favourite book?
As I don’t have spare time, I’m only able to read a book, when I’m on vacation … which is not too often. I like to read biographies of interesting people then
- If you could be an object, which one would you be?
Oops, I got no idea … maybe an object of art?
- Do you prefer mountain or beach?
Both are interesting to me, but if concerning vacation, then beach
- In your opinion, what is the perfect place to relax and get inspired?
In nature, when walking with my dogs, or on my couch, while the fireplace is burning … and with some good music in the background.
- How important is your TV-watching chair?
That one is much more interesting for my wife, as I’m on the couch.
- Do you work better under pressure or with time to plan and organize?
I have no problem with both variations.
- Describe yourself in three words.
Typical German Bastard (means: reliable, on time, ordinary, busy, effective, creative, beer drinking, etc. … but hopefully not humorless).
- Is there anything exciting that you are working on at the moment that you can tell us about? Do you any new projects?
Not exciting enough to mention here, but the best job is always yet to come.
- Can you talk about one of your favourite projects that you have developed?
Maybe the “First International Flaconglass Museum” in Kleintettau. It wasn’t easy to develop at all, as it had to be in former small office rooms, corridors and storage spaces that were distributed on different floors, even in different parts of buildings. I had to bring it all together in its entirety, to have one cohesive museum in the end.
- What are your favourite materials to work?
No special materials.
- Can you describe the consulting process of this (any) project? …
- Do you have any guilty pleasures like certain steps you don’t let go of on your creative process? No.
- What do you love in a room?
Good lighting concept and harmonious interior architecture.
- What do you hate in a room?
The exact opposite: bad lighting, unsuitable furniture, colours and materials.
- Which major international events do you attend/follow to get all the latest novelties?
The furniture fairs in Milano and Köln, the Light + Building in Frankfurt, sometimes also smaller fairs like the 100% in London, etc.
- Which professionals do you admire, in the design and architecture world?
I like for example the work of Zaha Hadid.
- Which brands do you love?
Edra, Boca do Lobo, Brand van Egmond, Catellani&Smith.
- Do you have some kind of collaboration with other brands?
- Have you published some of your work? Which magazines or websites?
Mostly in smaller, regional magazines.
- Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?
On top of the mountain … just kidding, guess I’ll be exactly where I am now.
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