I had already come across Studio Böttger's work several times - through products for Menu, Normann Copenhagen or Zaozuo - so it was really nice to meet Sarah Böttger at the Craft Week in September. Formed by Sarah and her brother Henrik, Studio Böttger stands out for the organic approach to each project and for transforming everyday objects into something special through a great attention to detail and respect for materials. Betting on an aesthetic vision based on simplicity, quality and beauty, the pieces designed by the German studio are the result of the accumulated experience of the brothers in the fields of craft, design and art.
I talked with Sarah to find out more about herself, her work and inspirations.
Please talk a bit about yourself...
I was born and raised in Germany. My brother and I have grown up with the artistic work of our father. I realized early that in addition to the heavy copper plates and tools I was always particularly taken by the skillful technique, work process and the meticulous care he showed. Even today I am still fascinated by people who are passionate involved in what they do closely related to an attitude that is recognizable. And I do not limit this to the creative field. May be this is one reason why I love music, beyond music is the best companion in every life situation.
I am a trained carpenter. I had never planned this, but the enthusiasm for craftsmanship in general and being able to do something with hands had always been there. Nevertheless, I have slipped into this but never regret it. After this I spent almost one year in Sydney, where I took some of the time to prepare myself to study industrial design.
I love traveling which has always been important to me. The first time I lived elsewhere was when I was sixteen, and the curiosity about other countries, cultures and places has remained until today. During my studies I spent a while in Helsinki. What it was exactly that made me go to Scandinavia, I only realized there. I was very impressed by the self-evident connection between craftsmanship and design in Finland. Above all, I took my enthusiasm for the material glass from this time.
Today I work with my older brother Henrik in our collective Studio Böttger. The process was fluid as he was already involved in many projects. He worked also in design but mostly art for many years. The decision to work on a common path professionally feels very natural. Our friends have already been waiting for us to make this step for along time.
Why did you become a designer?
Working as a designer gives me the opportunity to transform ideas into a shape. Every project is different and the respective areas of expertise and people who are part of the process always bring new excitement and fresh experiences. That gives me the opportunity to constantly challenge myself. I want to design things that are used and I like the idea that people use them in their own environment and daily lives, to enjoy them and hopefully keep them for a long time.
What inspires you?
Inspiration can be everywhere also in daily life in particular in nature or people. To me it is much more challenging to be open to it at the right moment.