Where would be your ideal place to live?
That’s so difficult to say. I want everything all at the same time, both calmness and excitement. I guess the only option for me is both a house on the river and the big city.
What’s your favourite place to shop?
Berlin. It’s so innovative and young, with lots of art and young, fresh designers and it’s also a little nostalgic. I love the mix between second-hand, self-made and high fashion.
What is your favourite German city?
Berlin, again. It’s very open, international, experimental and its not so expensive: just perfect for artists. I love all the art spaces and temporary project rooms, there’s so much going on here. No jobs, no money, but many creative people!
What advice would you give visitors to Germany?
To eat all the German sausages and to try all the German beers. If you are still able to walk, then try to see the beautiful Ostsee Baltic and relax on Hiddensee. This is a very small island in the north, where no cars are allowed, just horses. Do this in summer; winter in Germany isn’t so much fun. If you have some money left, spend a night in the Hotel Elephant in Weimar; don’t forget to say hello to Goethe.
What are the distinguishing qualities of German design?
German design is cool, simple, elegant, functional, classic and sometimes a little stern, although maybe I’m saying that because of the German temperament. To appropriate the Bauhaus philosophy: form follows function.
What’s your favourite Berlin restaurant?
I like the Majakowski in Pankow. It’s very small and very nice, with sausages! It’s beautiful in summer and it has a bohemian spirit; left-wing intellectual politicians and actors drink beer here all night long.
What product or brand best embodies German craftsmanship or a German aesthetic?
It would have to be a Neo Rauch painting. But if we’re talking about products and brands, I’d say Hugo Boss and Siemens.