How did you acquire a taste for USM?
Every day on my way to school as a child, I rode my bike by the USM headquarters in Bühl. The green lettering left an impression on me. I just never knew what they did. I enjoy having a different relationship to USM now. High-quality furniture is important to me, not just for functionality or as storage space. The USM shelves will certainly stay with me my whole life, no matter where I move. To me, they are like a little treasure for which I worked especially hard.
The shelves are very classic and discreet, much like the rest of your interior design. Your graffiti, on the other hand, is much more explosive.
I like to paint with colors but sometimes in monochrome as well. What’s important is that it fits. But to have everything in my apartment be colorful is not my thing. I don’t run around in bright yellow pants or a blue shirt. I just like things to be more discreet – I want attention for my images, not for myself. In my apartment, I consciously decided on contrasts: a black shelf with gray elements in front of a white wall. But in painting, too, I like to work with clean and straight lines. This is difficult because inaccuracies are more obvious there. The wilder the image, the less you notice mistakes.
So you stay true to your style in interior design as well as painting.
I want it to look good, and this way it does. Others may find it boring. I would like to appeal to a certain aesthetic and remain timeless.
Do people ever ask you about the USM shelving?
Yes, people who are familiar with USM do. When it was still in the bedroom, it didn’t attract as much attention. It has a better effect in the living room. It may be subtle, but it holds its own. That’s a pretty good combination. It doesn’t have to be orange, yellow or green to achieve that.