I grew up hanging out at my father's studio every day after school. There were no computers then, so I enjoyed learning to use the drafting table, ink, stencils & templates. I used them to do my first fashion drawings which ended up having somewhat of an architectural feeling. All of these tools were expensive and I learned to be sure to take care of them.
Harold, translated my father's designs into technical drawings. Josel was the wood and metal specialist, who would build the framework of the furniture. Manfred a master- upholsterer created all the pillows and fabric covers etc. Upholstery truly is an art, like sculpture, and he could cover and create anything out of fabric, leather and foam. One of the great joys for me was to use his upholstery machine. Before I was allowed to do so he took a thin piece of wood and sewed straight through it, to teach me how powerful these machines are. I watched my father giving his team challenging designs and them finding the right way to translate them. He was always pushing to do something impossible and they always found a way because he would never give up. My father’s team were like family to us, they joined us for lunch every day prepared by my mother and were around at every important family function.
My father would spend hours debating over an angle of a curve on a chair or desk ,asking me over and over again what I thought, only making tiny changes. It taught me that designing very simple, modern, timeless things is the most challenging. He also taught me that design is for another person, not a statement for yourself, it should enhance another person’s life, bring beauty and joy to them. To this day this is all he thinks about every minute of his life. He also taught me that it is most important to have technical skills in order to design and hence I had formal tailoring education before starting to work in the fashion industry. Living in a digital world it feels really wonderful when you can create something tactile, three dimensional , real. Back then, that was the only way to create. It was much slower and more time was spent on design but products from that era are still being used today.