Interview with Atelier Olschinsky

by Wednesday, February 22, 2012

P. is Peter Olschinsky

V. is Verena Weiss

Hello Peter and Verena, who’s the first designer that comes to your mind in a second? 

P. Krzystztof Domaradzki. Brilliant works.

V. Banksy. Don´t ask me why, he was just on my mind this very moment.


Tell us a little bit about your atelier: where is home, and how long have you been running this studio?

P. In 2005, we literally bumped into each other. We both met when we were discussing a job we were planning to do as client and agent and we soon decided that it would be a good idea to work as partners. Since then, we are running the studio together, just us two.

V. If you mean our studio: we simply love it. A few years ago we had the opportunity to move in here, it is a former large storage room in an old house which was altered to some kind of loft. We like to work in these spacious rooms, which allow us to have a lot of stuff around without feeling cramped. As we are here most of our time, we find it extremely important to feel comfortable while working. On our walls, we have large prints of our favourite photos and illustrations and we change them from time to time. Sometimes people come in from the street and ask if we are a gallery.


Talk about Nevertheless, what was at the beginning the idea behind,  and what are you planning about it?

P.&V.We´ve had this idea for quite a long time. In 2010 we just decided to do it, not only to dream about. As we are always working on free projects besides our daily business, there was quite a lot of stuff waiting to be published. We also knew some designers, artists, people with good ideas, whom we wanted to introduce because we liked their work. And, most of all, we loved the thought of creating a magazine just the way we wanted to. In fact, we did not expect Nevertheless to come out that big so quickly… When we started, it was like an experiment. Now, with every new issue, we have the feeling that Nevertheless becomes more mature but without losing it´s initial thought.


What inspires you and how do you keep motivated when things get tough in the studio?

P. Keep playing around. I like working on several projects at the same time. This keeps me open minded.

V. Have a short break when your thoughts are stuck. And then get back to work quickly, always having in mind that it´s the best job in the world.


What’s the place or what do you do when you feel you’re thinking in a bright way?

P. Playing around on my computer.

V. Going somewhere, no matter where, changing my surroundings.


When you were 13, what did you want to be?

P. An Illustrator.

V. A musician. A vet. A designer.


Tell me a song that has haunted you.

P. Light my fire by The Doors.

V. Stabat Mater by Pergolesi.


What do you have in common with a teenager?  

P. I still want to do everything in an instant. I don´t like to be patient.

V. I´m still a little awkward, sometimes.


Something you’ve always wanted to do, but have yet to.

P. Rallye driving.

V. Travelling around the world for a year or two.


Something you want the world to know about your studio.

P. Work is fun.

V. Work is fun.


Something that annoys or frustrates you about people.

P. Moaning and lamenting.

V. Being egoistic.


Your idea about social networks.

P. & V. Fascinating but time-killing.


A word that you hate.

P. Impossible.

V. Mismatch.


How many hours do you work in a day?

P. In our job you can´t count hours. It´s not a typical 9 to 5 business, and as long as you love what you do, it doesn´t matter how long you work.


V. You can´t just switch off your mind. Which is good, I think.


If you had absolute power for one day, what would you do?

P. Hire a plane or helicopter and going somewhere really special.

V. Something good. Don´t know yet.


Your house is on fire, what do you save?

P. My hard disks!!!

V. Nothing. Just make sure nobody gets hurt.


What’s overrated today?

P. Arts.

V. Money.


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