The German-born artist and designer seeks out objects with nostalgic value or imperfections – a car from his childhood, a digital take on an iconic camera, or a pair of not-quite-round sunglasses
1969 Mini Cooper S
Somehow it is still modern today. It’s small and economical, but has a little bit of bite and is speedy like a go-kart. It also has wonderful nostalgic appeal, something I use a lot in my design. It’s one of the first cars I remember very well as a kid.
E-motion propelling pencil
Basically it’s a pencil that has a very thick lead. Most such pencils have leads that are too thin and so prone to breaking. This one is really solid, makes a nice line and feels good in the hand. It’s a combination of a craftsman’s pencil – you know, those really rough ones – and a very fine technical tool.
M Monochrom digital camera
The Leica M is an object of passion and desire. I like that it promotes an old-fashioned form of photography. To have a digital camera that only shoots black-and-white, combined with the iconic Leica design, makes it a very special item. How it compares to other cameras I don’t know, but very often one buys things just because the idea itself is beautiful.
My glasses! I think Mykita is a good brand with lots of very interesting products. But they are also good technically: the frame is screwless, and this is one of the few designs where the glass lens is actually thicker than the frame. These ones are round, but not completely – the frame is not symmetrical. All these imperfections make it perfect.
Fortis 2pi watch
It’s an intriguing thing because time is something precise and not precise. Like Pi, it’s an irrational number. I thought it would be interesting for this watch to have a technical dial and an academic attitude … typical things that I remember from trigonometry classes. We always try to do something individual and get away from the typical graphic approach, add a little emotion. I think the Japanese like this watch a lot.