Cordula Kehrer http://www.cordulakehrer.de
Cordula Kehrer has set up her own studio after graduating from Karlsruhe University of Art and Design in southern Germany in 2008. She also studied Design in Fukuoka, Japan and did an internship at Marc Newson's Design office in Paris.Her latest project is a container/side table for the German company "Magazin", which has been included into the Design collection of a major German newspaper, "Sueddeutsche Zeitung".
Q : When did you realize you wanted to be a designer?A : Being a Designer hasn't always been my dream - I slowly grew into it. I wanted to be a Designer as soon as I knew I could be good at it.
Q : How would you define your design style?A : Every piece that has been designed must be somehow an improvement to what already exists - either in the way of producing it, in its function or in its materiality... there are already so many things around us, so if I decide to add something to it, it must me meaningful. The style then develops on its own, following those ideas.
Q : What would you do if you were not a designer/artist?A : I would be a sociologist concentrating on people's behaviour, I think that people are the most interesting thing in the world. Or I would have studied japanese language and culture. Q : Where do you draw your ideas/inspiration from?A : Ideas are hard work. Before a good idea comes, I need to dive into a topic and spend a lot of time thinking and researching.
Q : Who do you consult about works?A : I ask anyone! Best thing is to ask a great variety of people doing different things. The more people you ask, the more interesting answers you get regarding your work - some of them might help, some don't, but all of them are helpful in a way.
Q : Which of your projects do you consider a success?A : A success for me isn't always related to a financial success - sometimes on the contrary! I consider a project to be a success when I can't find anything I could have improved, then I am satisfied.Q : Which of your projects do you consider a failure?A : There are lots of ideas and projects leading nowhere, projects that I put a lot of work in and have to realize that something better already exists, or that it gets much too complicated. Those projects are great because this is when you can learn most.
Q : What is the first design work you can recall?A : I really don't know. A design work doesn't happen unintentionally I think. The first design work was probably something bad at the beginning of art school!
Q : To what extent do you believe that design should be functional?A : Design is not Art and thus it needs to be functional. This doesn't mean it has to look boring and can't be fun though.
Q : Name a colleague you admire.A : I really like James Irvine who taught at my university. More than his designs (which are good of course) I like the way he can admit failures among his successful designs - and he gives you straightforward answers, even if you don't like to hear them - but this is very helpful for one's own development.
Q : What have you learnt about design yourself?A : Design is not the most important thing in the world.
Q : What in your opinion is the greatest design invention in recent years?A : I can't think of any. Maybe there has been none. But in terms of trends, I think that being aware of ecological ways of production and saving resources leads to a good direction.
Q : With which personality from the past would you like to have coffee?A : With my grandparents which I never got to know.
Q : Which materials interest/fascinate you most?A : paper! I love a blank piece of paper. It's full of promises, you can use it in so many ways like no other material.
Q : What advice would you give a designer at the start of his career / What advice would you have liked to receive at the start of your career?A : Do do do do do do doQ : What are your future projects?A : I don't know! But I'm already excited about what's going to happen next.