I was born in Stuttgart, and still live in the city, in Stuttgart-West, a multi-cultural area with a lot of little shops and coffee bars.
Where do you shop?
I would recommend Kampe 54. It’s the first place I go to for interiors. In addition to the objects they have, they help you with all your questions and build concepts for you. I also like Rita Limacher’s bookshop, where you can find very good books and magazines on architecture, design and art. Another recommendation would be the flower shop simply called Der Blumenladen, on Olgastrasse near the centre, for a great variety of plants and flowers – and, for food shopping, the market hall.
Where do you eat?
The Basta restaurant has a good atmosphere and, of course, the food is also very good. Santa Lucia is a nice Italian restaurant with good dishes. Its central location is unbeatable. Nannina, an Italian restaurant not far from the centre, offers tasteful dishes and fantastic wines. Kottan is a little bar which is incredibly popular in summertime. Outside it’s full of people then and you have always a good time; a good place to visit before and after dinner. I always meet friends there.
Where do you go to relax?
My favourite walk in Stuttgart is around Schloss Solitude outside the town. There’s a little lake and a great forest. Nature is beautiful there; I go every morning. My favourite view is from Karlshöhe. You have a fantastic view over the city from there.
Where do you go at the weekend?
The best landmark is, of course, the television tower. It was the first in Europe and it’s still amazing. And, lately, the new library, which has an overwhelming interior. You can also visit the Mercedes-Benz and Porsche museums. They are both architecturally very attractive from the outside. But I like the new art museum in the city centre. It’s very nice inside and outside.
Where would you live if not in Stuttgart?
Paris and New York are places I travel for inspiration. I would like to live in Rhode Island. You have the seasons, the sea and it’s very calm, but not boring, and it’s close to Manhattan. I also love Stockholm, but only in springtime. Apart from the fashion on offer, I especially like the atmosphere.