In the 90's we were both attracted by the energy of the formerly divided Berlin absorbing creative young people from all over the world. In 1996 within an atmosphere of constant change and seemingly endless possibilities we started to study a at the University of Fine Arts, Berlin. Though coming from different backgrounds, we soon started to collaborate. Which turned out be an amazing team-work, reaching results beyond our single capacities. 1998 we founded the Design Studio "wunschforscher" roughly translated as "desireresearchers", creating objects between design, invention and art. The most famous works from this period are the "SushiRoller" and the "top.table". Simultaneously we made the set-designs and visual cocepts for fashion shows, events and parties, amongst others for MTV Designerama On Stage and for Adidas Originals.In 2005 we founded "osko + deichmann". 2006 the occasional table PONTON for Ligne Roset was introduced. One year later the light object ABYSS by Kundalini and the CLIP CHAIR for MOOOI were presented on the Salone di Mobile in Milan. In 2009 Blå Station launched the sofa series PEBBLE. The works of "osko+deichmann" have been shown at the Louvre Paris, Vitra Design Museum Weil am Rhein and Berlin, Cube Gallery Manchester, MoMA Berlin, the Guggenheim Museum Berlin, VIA Gallery Paris and 107 Rivoli Paris etc. (© osko+deichmann.com All rights reserved)
Q : When did you realize you wanted to be a designer?A : Blasius: When I was 10 years old and helping my parents colouring their architectural plans.Oliver: The parents of my first girl friend were architects and had an amazing house with furniture I had never seen before. But it was not only seeing these objects, but being in this environment I realised that doing something creative could be a profession
Q : How would you define your design style?A : simplicity, smartness, surprise
Q : What would you do if you were not a designer/artist?A : Blasius: Animal Cognition Scientist Oliver: PhysicistQ : Where do you draw your ideas/inspiration from?A : Basically everything can be an inspiration, if you walk through life with open eyes.
Q : Who do you consult about works?A : Blasius: Family Oliver: BlasiusQ : Which of your projects do you consider a success?A : One of our projects we really love is the Straw cantilever chair we did for the 90th anniversary of the Bauhaus. In this object we managed to almost make the impossible possible by realizing the most challenging chair construction with the apparently weakest detail: the kinked steel tube. This defines what we see as a great product, namely an object that has a surprise, a second layer, something the user can discover.Q : Which of your projects do you consider a failure?A : Our diploma projectQ : What is the first design work you can recall?A : The first project we did together in university were "jumping shoes". The aim was to create a device which could support and improve the human motion sequence of the leg. It sould adapt to natural walking and running. As small and lightweight as possible, belonging, almost cyborg-like, to the body.
Q : To what extent do you believe that design should be functional?A : Always, otherwise it is not design.
Q : Name a colleague you admire.A : Blasius: Naoto FukasawaOliver: Achille CastiglioniQ : What have you learnt about design yourself?A : Everything. Because we started our studio so early, when we were still studying, so we had to make our own mistakes.
Q : What in your opinion is the greatest design invention in recent years?A : White headphones
Q : With which personality from the past would you like to have coffee?A : Blasius: Leonardo da VinciOliver: Timothy Leary
Q : Which materials interest/fascinate you most?A : Most of the time not the material itself is interesting, but how it is used.
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 : It is more work than you expect. Believe in yourself.
Q : What are your future projects?A : Unfortunately we can not foresee the future