Christian opened his first studio in Munich in 2000. His work for crystal manufacturer Nachtmann earned him several awards including ‘Design Plus’ in 2006 and a nomination at the German Design Awards in 2007. His clients include Rosenthal, Villeroy &; Boch, Theresienthal, Galerie Bensimon Paris or Swarovski. In 2008, he designed the VIP lounges for Bentley and Bugatti.
1/ Can you introduce yourself?
Doing it myself feels weird to me, I feel like I have to play a role. I try to be honest with my clients and myself; I take them and their needs seriously. I want my design to speak for itself, I don’t want my personality to be at the center of the attention. This is why I would present myself as a rather discrete person.
2/ How do you define design?
A ‘different’ product does not necessarily mean a good product. I put beauty, rarity and longevity at the heart of my creations.
3/ Must design necessarily be functional?
The word ‘functionality’ has been overused like design. Of course objects have to be practical but more importantly they have value in the personal connection you create with them. You get to know them, love them, that’s what’s important.
4/ What do you dream of designing ?
I’d love to design furniture. And leather goods.
5 / Your next project?
Many things are coming up:
– A new porcelain hotel ware collection
– Chairs for one of my favorite Japanese brand, Karimoku New Standard
– Rain, a table I created for French Gallery Bensimon
– A new lighting series
– A very refined and elegant collection for Christofle