Tim Seiffert



Tim Seiffert

The 2 Minute Interview

“Timmi” aka Tim Seiffert has friends. And they have friends, too. Friends of friends, so to speak. Freunde von Freunden is the name of the project Tim started a few years ago, together with his friends(!) and fellow campaigners Frede and Torsten. The idea: portrait real people surrounding them in their real homes, tell real stories about them to inspire other people. “Their surroundings” have grown a little – Freunde von Freunde is a global creative network with teams in more than 90 cities, a very own event space in Berlin-Mitte, two published books – which shouldn’t miss in any hip household from here to anywhere – and a whole bunch of smart concepts. FvF is a creative, exciting and very dynamic network that is constantly moving and evolving. We openly asked the glorious trio’s marketing whiz all sorts of things, forced him to move and raided his fridge. Tim, thank you very much. You are officially invited to come visit us.


Name: Tim Seifert
Age: 33 years old
City: Berlin
Job: Co-Founder Freunde von Freunden
Shoe size: 44.5 EU
Favourite place: Currently L.A. and the U.S. west coast


What is your place like?
Not particularly unusual. I moved to Mitte about 6 years ago and nothing has changed since then. I’ll take interior design more seriously the next time I move. 

Are you good at keeping home and work separate?
Unfortunately not.


What’s the nicest apartment you’ve ever been to?
My parent’s apartment in Berlin-Grunewald. Not just because of the way it’s done up, but also because the feelings and memories I have of the apartment, the house and the garden. I love Grunewald, and without taking regular trips there to counterbalance urban life, I’d probably no longer be in Berlin.


How do you get to have so many interesting and creative friends with nice apartments?
We started with our closest friends in Berlin and now we work with local teams in more than 90 cities and have published over 550 portraits. Of course, these are not all our closest friends anymore :) But Fred, Torsten and I have the obligation to maintain high quality standards and to treat the people we get to know and the content we share respectfully.


You HAVE to move. Where to?
If I had to, probably somewhere by the sea.

In future, what will you do less?


What are your three fridge-essentials?
Parmesan, grapes and water.


How would your parents describe you?


What would you never do for money?
Let down my friends and family.


Which personality would you like to visit at home?
Keith Richards.


Would you like to say hello to anyone?
Frederik Frede and Torsten Bergler.


What are you afraid of?
Serious illness.


What would you cook for us if we visited you at home?
Spaghetti Carbonara.


Something you absolutely must do before you die?
Live by the sea and start a family.


What should no one know about you?
My bank pin number.


Which question should we have asked?
Whether I’ve lost my marbles yet.


Last Words:
Thanks for the kind questions.


Kategorien: People | Autor: | Datum: 10. Februar 2016 | Tags: , , , Keine Kommentare

Karol Kasierski



Karol Kasierski

The 2 Minute Interview

Oh Karol, when you first came to visit us a couple of months ago and told us about your idea to open a Polish fast food deli in the middle of Mitte we were of course culinarily enthusiastic, but we were also aware of the endurance and staying power you’d need to pull it all off. Sure, there is a large Polish community in Berlin, but that is not enough to stand a chance in a culinary street fight. Two months ago, the deli opened with a bang (Occupy Brunnenstraße!) and since then Karol’s TAK TAK – Polish Deli has undisputedly emerged to being the King of Pierogi and Bigosh in Berlin. We got him to tell us about how he did it, why he did it and what these lovely dumplings are all about.


Name: Andrzej Karol Kasierski
Age: 34
City: Berlin, dude!
Job: caterer / marketing strategist
Shoe size: 46
Favourite Polish word: the genitive of Michael Jackson = Maikella Dschäcksona
Contact: info@taktak-polishdeli.de

What does „tak tak“ mean?
Yes yes! Say yes to Polish food! But in fact, I came up with the name because apparently I say tak tak tak tak a lot when I’m on the phone to Polish people and friends and colleagues make fun of me because of it. tak tak just sticks to your memory and the words look quite pretty, too.


What was the greatest obstacle you had to overcome during the founding of tak tak?
Sine I don’t have any rich aunts or other assets, I had to find investors.


Do you still like eating pierogi or are you starting to get sick of them?
I’m not sick of pierogi. But sometimes I do get sick of certain filings. But luckily that changes quickly. At the moment, I am in love with our turkey-sundried-tomato-feta filling. And we always try to offer new varieties, too, so it never really gets boring. Before the holidays we had a Berlin boar-buckwheat-red-cabbage filling, which was a big hit. In January we had winter vegetables mixed with red lentils and while I’m writing these lines, a new experiment is simmering on the stove. It’s probably going to be a filling with Polish smoked cheese, Brussels sprouts and buckwheat.


Do you prefer sweet or savoury fillings?


180.000 Polish people live in Berlin. How many of them do you know?
Definitely 3000% more than I did before the opening two months ago.


What aren’t you good at all?
Understanding how anyone could possibly like the colour pink.


Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
In 10 years I’ll be 45. Hmmm… Either somewhere in the sun or still in Berlin.


The most beautiful place on earth?
I don’t know. I haven’t seen every place yet. But in summer, I enjoy spending time at my favourite lake.


Three things that belong in every fridge:
Beer, sausage and cheese.

Mum’s best advice?
Be on time. Be nice. And don’t fuck up.
How can tell, that you’re all grown up?
I’m not. And I don’t want to. But I do know the difference between whiskey and whisky now.
What is the most important invention of mankind?
Oh dear, here we go…this is going to be a bit pseudo-intellectual-philosophical. But I’d have to say freedom – physically as well as mentally – and that we have the chance to reinvent ourselves every day. Unfortunately, this invention is not yet available for everybody. 

Please, tell us a Polish joke.
I don’t know any. (‚Yeah, right!‘ Editor’s note.)


With which personality would like to down a Carlsbad Bitter?
I’ve got some serious boozing planned with Hildegard Knef, Harald Juhnke and Jim Morrison for the very, very distant future. Currently I’d like to go have some drinks with Joaquin Phoenix. But most likely, I’ll finish off a bottle with Jochen Hudlmaier some time soon.


What would you cook for us if we visited you at home?
The undisputedly best Bolognese in the world.


When did you last try something new and what was it?
I always take different routes. Apparently it promotes creativity.


What should no one know about you?
Who Bob is. (‚We know the answer.‘ Editor’s note.)


Which question should we have asked?
Whether it’s true that I think Celine Dion is the most disgusting thing the pop music industry has come up with.


Last Words:
“This is the strangest life I’ve ever known.“


Kategorien: People | Autor: | Datum: 03. Februar 2016 | Tags: , , , Keine Kommentare

Nina Klein



Nina Klein

The 2 Minute-Interview

Nina Klein is a real whizz kid. A stylist at heart, she started her own agency and earned universal fame, then launched a jewellery label and recently created her very own app. What?! Exactly. It’s about time to ask Nina some serious questions about her workload – on a friendly basis, of course. After all, she is part of our highly appreciated clientele and therefore practically family. Fun fact: Our dear senior PR expert Nina Z. got married a while ago. Her new surname: Klein. Confused? That’s what we thought.


Name: Nina Klein
Age: 45
City: Berlin
Job: entrepreneuse and business coach for women
Shoe size: 42
Favourite time of day: Any time after 8:00 am.
Contact: mail@nina-klein.de

Agency, jewellery label, and now an app – trouble making up your mind or what?
Definitely not. The combination is what makes every day exciting. The different stages of all of my projects and companies keep me curious and on my toes, and help me to stay humble. This way all of my companies can benefit from each other as well.


What is your definition of beauty?


What do you see when you look in the mirror?
Most of the time, I see a person full of zest for life.


The Queen invites you to tea – what do you wear?
I would consult one of my stylists first. Or I’d decline. Tea with the Queen…hmmm… I’d prefer tea with Charles…


Your three most important tools?
Mobile, laptop, mascara.


What is your definition of success?
Being able to earn money with what you’re good at and really like doing. Or the moment everything just falls into place just like you had planned in the beginning – when it was still an idea.


What are you currently struggling with?
With the cold in Berlin and with the fact that this year, I won’t be opening a pop-up office in the sun for my agency in February but during autumn instead.


What should everyone have done in his or her life at least once?
Paragliding from Lion’s Head in Cape Town.

What is your favourite place in Berlin (besides your home)?
My secret little garden – right around the corner from my place. No one is ever there at the weekends!


With whom would you like to go out for gin&tonics?
Bobby Dekeyser.


If we visited you at home, what would you cook for us?
Käsespätzle (cheese spaetzle) – or quinoa with spinach, peas and Shitake mushrooms.


What would you do if you were afraid of absolutely nothing at all?
Already live in the sun by the sea.


If you could change the world, where would you start?
Find a solution for the still existing hunger in the world.


What should no one know about you?
That I know almost every „Sex and the City“ scene by heart.


Which question should we have asked?
Whether I use my new app climbr productivity myself, or when the new Charity Collection by Nadja Auermann for my jewellery label Besafeangel will appear or where am I going to open a pop-up office for my agency this year?


Last words:
It’s all a matter of intention.




Kategorien: People | Autor: | Datum: 27. Januar 2016 | Tags: , , , , Keine Kommentare

Camilla Rando



Camilla Rando

The 2 Minute-Interview

As a mum you develop superpowers. This idea certainly comes to mind once you’ve met Camilla Rando, publisher and senior editor of the blog and magazine Mummy Mag. Perhaps she’s one of the most famous Mummies in the city. And perhaps she’s also the stylish showcase Mummy that just seems to make everything work. She most definitely is one of the wittiest power women we’ve ever had the chance to speak to. Together with her team, Camilla is currently releasing the 4th issue of the Mummy Mag Paper „Home sweet home“ that features The Knots, SNUG, home stories and takes a look at home offices of great Mummies. And even Daddies get a word in edge ways this time, too. Reasons enough for us to finally have a little chat with Camilla.


Name: Camilla
Age: 32
City: Berlin
Job: Blog-Consultant & Editor
Shoe size: 40
Favourite colour: Varies according to mood
Contact: camilla@mummy-mag.de

Early bird or morning grouch?
Morning grouch, I’m afraid. But after about two cups of coffee, I’m a new person!


What part of life changes the most after having a child?
Definitely your sleeping routine. Apart from that, you just need to get yourself organised. But at the end of the day, life is simply a whole lot better.


Who do you call most frequently?
Saskia & Janine (my mummies in crime).


Are Mummies better people?
No way! They might be more resilient or efficient. But unfortunately that is not universally valid.


What is an absolute parenting no-go?
Punishing children! And maybe growing up?


What makes you realize that you’re all grown up?
When I sound like my mother. It keeps happening more often.


What would you do without a computer?
Probably something that requires craftsmanship.


How do you switch off from your daily routine?
By leaving my computer and iPhone at home.

Share a magical place!
My home. Seriously! Apart from that, I’ve found Sri Lanka to be a truly magical country.


What are you proud of?
A lot of things. Professionally, I’m proud of the MUMMY MAG and my wonderful team.


What would you cook for us if we visited you at home?
If you came to visit? Definitely a 4-course meal. I love cooking for guests.


What are you afraid of?
Nothing! Except…


When was the last time you tried something new and what was it?
This month. A vegan diet. I managed to persevere for three whole days. But with children, you’re always trying new things anyway.


What should no one know about you?
That I’m hooked on American TV series.


Which question should we have asked?
What is my latest project?


Last Words:
We’ll get it right!





Kategorien: People | Autor: | Datum: 20. Januar 2016 | Tags: , , , , Keine Kommentare

Ugur Orhanoglu



Ugur Orhanoglu

The 2 Minutes-Interview

Ugur Orhanoglu is part of Berlin’s In Crowd. He seems to know just about everyone and everyone knows him. Either as a photographer – his actual profession – or because of his legendary vegetarian 27-course dinners that he organizes in different locations throughout the city. We were lucky enough to have a taste of one of his latest coups at the leogant Loft where his current exhibition „Water“ is still on show till tomorrow and have been fans ever since.  We talked to Ugur about man and nature, a Q&A with Buddha, Jesus, Moses and Mohammed and about the Mona Lisa. The good news: you are a work of art!


Name: Ugur Orhanoglu
Age: 46
City: Berlin
Job: Photographer
Shoe size: Depending on the make, between 42,5 and 44 2/3
Favourite water: filtered from the tap
Contact: mail@ugur-boss.de

Why are you a photographer?
By accident! The first time I looked through a camera lens, everything was in focus all of a sudden (I hadn’t realised I was short-sighted until then). Photography enables me to capture moments that touch and move me and share them with others.


What makes a good photograph?
A photograph should touch me, no matter by what means.


Who or what inspires you?
In short: man and nature.


Which piece of art would you like to own?
If it were a matter of getting a lot of money for it, I would probably choose Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa. But basically, it’s just oil on canvas. Every one of us is a work of art made from a hundred billion cells that unite to become even more. So I already own a piece of art: myself.


Do you prefer being a host or a guest?
I like being both. As a host I enjoy making sure my guests have a good time and as a guest I enjoy the attention.


Who was he most exciting guest at one of your dinner parties?
I can’t really say. There were certainly some people known from films and television, r are incredibly wealthy, artists or writers. But people who know me, know that things like that aren’t important to me – I try to value every moment. People are people, with all their strengths and weaknesses. Therefore everybody is exciting. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that everybody is equally likeable. :-D


Which qualities do you appreciate in people?
I greatly appreciate when people manage to maintain the ability to be unbiased and have empathy for others.


If you could change the world over night, where would you start?
Wow, what a question! I’d probably start where everybody should: with myself!


Who or what were you in a former life?
I believe that I don’t believe in having a former life. And if I was something else, I probably was a person or an animal, or a stone, or maybe a grass stalk. See, I’m getting silly…


Share a magical place:
Take a right just behind the eyes. :-D


With which famous person would you like to have coffee?
I don’t drink coffee but I would like to meet all the religious founders (like Buddha, Moses, Jesus, Mohammed) to ask them whether they approve oft he deformation of man and nature that has been and still is being committed in their name. That would be interesting to know, wouldn’t it?


What would you cook for us if we visited you at home?
Whatever I have in the fridge. Always vegetarian, never with a recipe, usually tasty.


What are you afraid of?
Hopelessness / helplessness.


When was the last time you did something for the first time and what was it?
At the moment, I’m trying to part with things I once thought were important to have – a new experience I’m currently going through quite often. As you know, I like collecting things.


What should no one know about you?
Doesn’t that question contradict itself?


Which question should we have asked?
Maybe a question about my current exhibition and future exhibitions?


Last Words:
Come to my finissage tomorrow.









Kategorien: People | Autor: | Datum: 13. Januar 2016 | Tags: , , , , Keine Kommentare

Laura Zumbaum

Laura Zumbaum

The 2 Minuten Interview

Charming Laura has certainly caused a stir with selosoda – a refreshing pick-me-up made from sundried coffee cherries. We’ve already told you about the selosoda winter tea selection; her crowd funding campaign is still running and the next big coup is already in the making, too. Quite the busy bee, Miss Zumbaum! We were wondering whether all this work even left any time for everyday things like grocery shopping or simply reading a book. We looked into it and managed to ask Laura Zumbaum a few questions about fears, addictions and the ideal contents of a refrigerator. Here is the essence of our investigative work summed up in 2 minutes.


Name: Laura Zumbaum
Age: 26
City: Berlin
Job: coffee-cherry-fanatic
Shoe size: 38
Favourite cocktail: Blonde Negroni // Gin, Vermouth, orange zest, selosoda
Contact: laura@selosoda.com

  Do you always answer the question „How are you?“ honestly?
I try to!How are you?
Great. In 48 hours, I’ll be on my way home to Barcelona.


Your start to the day: Coffee or tea?


What are your New Year resolutions for 2016?
1. Increase the value of the coffee plant – with a product that is not only sustainable, but also tastes fantastic, is healthy and out of the ordinary.
2. Go to the seaside. Last year, I only made it to the Müggelsee – in October, for the half marathon. Not a great accomplishment!


What can you never get enough of?
Good espresso. And Bon Jovi songs from the nineties. Kind of funny, but true.


Which three items belong in every fridge?
A Pinot Gris, butter and homemade blackberry jam.


A piece of advice you never thought would come in handy:
Don’t ask for too much advice.


Do you take more after your mother or your father?
That’s hard to say. The running joke in our family goes like this: “Child, we actually found you on the street.“

With which famous person would you like to have coffee?
Giovanni di Lorenzo, during my next visit to Hamburg.


What would you cook for us if we visited you at home?
Celery and apple soup, spicy sourdough bread.
Pumpkin and ricotta lasagne, chestnuts, sage.
Lukewarm Tarte Tatin with quince.


What are you afraid of?
Of time flying by.


When did you last try something new and what was it?
Trading my apartment in Berlin with friends of Freunde von Freunden for theirs in Paris. At first we were excited, then hesitant and then very keen. We discovered a new way of travelling and made new friends.


What should no one know about you?
Maybe that I like to eat whipped cream by the spoonful.


Which question should we have asked?
Why should anyone support the selosoda crowd funding campaign?


Last Words:
I sincerely thank you. And: coffee is a fruit.

Kategorien: People | Autor: | Datum: 06. Januar 2016 | Tags: , , , Keine Kommentare

Erik Spiekermann

Erik Spiekermann

The 2 Minute-Interview

Erik Spiekermann is not a man of many words. So the fact, that he has taken time to put some of his thoughts into words for us, makes a little proud. Erik Spiekermann is a designer, typographer, type designer, author and nothing less than a legend. (Although Erik himself probably wouldn’t agree with that term…) His creative work is second to none and has influenced legions of designers for many years. Together with two partners he founded MetaDesign in 1979 – still one of the most prestigious brand agencies to this day. Many of the fonts designed by Erik have become modern classics, above all FF Meta and ITC Officina. So, what do you ask someone to whom typography is language made visible? Keeping things more personal, we asked him about such things as culinary skills, fears, self-given advice etc. Thank you, Erik. For each and every single letter.


Name: Erik Spiekermann
Age: 68
City: Berlin
Job: Designer
Shoe size: 43
Favourite font: Block.
Contact: Yes.


What is good design?
Good design serves both the recipient and sender and has an aesthetic added value.


Which idea would you have enjoyed having yourself?
Inventing type.


What is the most important invention of mankind?


What wallpaper is currently on your desktop?
The colour Grey.


Which moment changed everything?
The Invention of type. And my birthday changed everything for me.


What can’t you do at all?
Play the piano.


How important is success to you?
It depends on what it’s measured.


What advice would you give your teenage-self today?
Start saving money as soon as possible, or you won’t get a pension. (Because I don’t get a pension.)



What quality do you appreciate in people?


Which album, book, and film should everyone have heard, read and seen?
As many as possible.


Which piece of art would you like to call your own?
Malevich’s Black Square.


What would you cook for us if we visited you at home?
I would bake a cake.


What are you afraid of?
Stupidity. It is what causes most wars.


When did you last try something new and what was it?
Today, I ate lebkuchen I made myself. (6.12.)


What should no one know about you?
That I can’t play the piano.


Which question should we have asked?
Is there life before death?


Last Words:
Everything will fall into place.


Kategorien: People | Autor: | Datum: 17. Dezember 2015 | Tags: , , , , , Keine Kommentare



The 2 Minutes-Interview

berge (Mountains) and their music always stir our emotions either leaving us in high spirits or moving us to tears. Their song »10.000 Tränen« (10.000 Tears) is a heartfelt appeal on behalf of tormented and enfeebled animals and was quite rightly a big hit last year. When we first saw the duo Marianne and Rocco play live at our muxmäuschenwild mini-summer-festival during the World cup in 2014, we were sold/ we knew we had fallen for them. All the way. This weekend, they’ll play a charity gig at the WABE in Berlin and perform songs from their album VOR UNS DIE SINNFLUT. We managed to catch up with them and had a nice little chat about the challenge Thai-curry-loving city slickers face when engaged in Indian temple dance, real concerts and everlasting songs. May they both move mountains.


Name: Rocco Horn | Marianne Neumann
Age: 36 | 28
City: Berlin | Berlin
Job: musician | musician
Shoe size: 47 | 39
Favourite note: 288,33 Hz :) | a
Contact: I maintain it… |info@hoertberge.de



If you could change the world over night, where would you start? R: With myself!
M: That’s a very difficult question and I feel truly incompetent to give a meaningful answer. I would probably try to deglobalise the world and take away everybody’s smartphones. It would be so exciting to see what happens when everyone is forced to actually communicate with one another in the here and now


A good deed for everyone to do before the year is over: R: Tell a friend or a family member why you think they are special.
M: Make Christmas presents yourself or buy them from small regional stores. And tell your parents you love them.


Who or what inspires you? R: Michael Jackson, Michael Jordan, Bruce Lee, my son and you.
M: Genuine and authentic people inspire me immensely.


Which concert will you remember forever? R: My first Steve Vai concert.
M: My first concert without my parents and with my best friend Rosa: ECHT at the Columbiahalle. We felt incredibly cool.


Your song for eternity? R: That’s a mean question, I could easily make a Top Five list… hmmm… „Right Now“ by Van Halen, or „Live Is Wonderful“ by Jason Mraz, or „Transatlanticism“ by Death Cab for Cutie, and and and …
M: Nothing is forever. Songs are no exception.


You will be reborn. As what? R: I hope not…at least not on an existing planet.
M: I hope will not be reborn too many times, it kind of get’s old after a while…But if had to choose, then please make me a tiger.


What makes you feel that you live in the right city? R: Because nothing is drawing me away.
M: Because I can be creative and free and I meet like-minded people everywhere.


Your next vacation: Mountains or Ocean? R: Um, both! :) Really!
M: Ocean.


What did you dream of last night? R: A friend of mine won a motorcycle!
M:  Of warm, far away places and vacation.


What did you want to be when you were a kid?

R: I didn’t want to be anything. I was quite happy with the overall situation
M:  All I remember is that I didn’t find the idea of pursuing the same work every single day to be very appealing. So, considering that, I’ve been very lucky.
What have you been planning to do for a while but somehow don’t manage to do it? R: I usually manage to do the things I set out to do. I even got round to taking some time off now.
M: To pursue plans with discipline and meditate every day. 

With which band would you like to go on tour? R: Great question! Trevor Hall!!! And Berge, as strange as that might sound.
M: Clueso.


What would you cook for us if we visited you at home? R: Probably a veggie Thai curry with coconut milk and rice.
M: I’d probably make a lentil curry.


What are you afraid of? R: I don’t understand the question…
M: Sickness.


When did you last try something new and what was it? R: Last night – but telling you WHAT would be rather inappropriate here…
M: I started Indian temple dance three months ago and regularly go to classes now. It’s really quite difficult and new, and you have to be extremely focused, but I enjoy it.


What should no one know about you? R: This is a trick question, isn’t it?
M: That I get bored sometimes.


Which question should we have asked? R: What should everyone know about me!? ;)
M:  Where to buy our current album VOR UNS DIE SINNFLUT.


Last Words: R: I leave them to Marianne.
M: Bye-bye!

Kategorien: People | Autor: | Datum: 09. Dezember 2015 | Tags: , Keine Kommentare

Felix Ilse

Felix Ilse

The 2 Minute-Interview


Felix Ilse sure knows his tea. He has made it his personal mission to help people lead a happier, greater and healthier life. How does it get any better than this?! His start-up Teatox brings together enjoyment (tea) and health (detox) in an extremely laid-back manner. We wanted to find out what else Felix gets up to when he’s not busy creating new teas or pushing his Teatox web shop to the next level. We went on a wild roller coaster ride with him and Jerry Seinfeld and had Raclette from round pizza boxes. Oops, we might have got things slightly mixed up here. Please re-arrange yourself. P.S. We love your Skype-name, Felix!


Felix Name: Felix Ilse
Age: 27
City: Berlin
Job: entrepreneur
Shoe size: 44,5
Favourite herbs: rosemary (especially on potatoes)
Contact: felix@teatox.de | skype: filse1

  Do you start your day with tea or coffee?
Actually I prefer coffee, as a matter of fact cappuccino with a pinch of brown sugar sprinkled over the frothed milk…marvellous! And then it’s tea for the rest of the day.


Black or green?
Colour or tea? Green is my favourite colour (just can’t decide between British racing green and teal) and also the colour of my choice when it comes to tea: Matcha!


Which moment changed everything?
Deciding to start Teatox right after graduating. From then on, it’s been quite a roller coaster.


How can you tell that you’re all grown up?
Having to file a tax return and forgetting to do so year for year.


What’s your advice for young entrepreneurs?
No.1: Don’t start a company for the sake of being hip.
No.2: If you’ve answered No.1 with „yes“: Don’t waste time. If you’re aiming to be an active entrepreneur, you should get started straight away.
No.3: Try launching a new product. There are already plenty of online marketplaces and fashion apps around.


What is your generation’s greatest challenge?
Having too many options and being afraid to miss out on something. I love the pace of times and live accordingly myself, but this life style also encourages a certain vagueness and short-term nature.


What are you impressed by?
Knowledge und Empathy.


What can’t you get enough of?
Sushi & liquorice.

Name a magical place:
Rather an area: Patagonia.


Why are pizza boxes square?
That’s a legitimate question. Presumably they’re easier to stack and manufacturing costs are lower. Although round boxes would save material and hence maybe even stop global warming.


With which famous person would you like to have a cup of tea?
Jerry Seinfeld. A pleasant person down to the core and my all-time favourite comedian.


What would you cook for us if we visited you at home?
Raclette. Does that count? Apart from the taste, I enjoy it so much because it’s such a social and communicative way of eating. Things are constantly being passed around, filled up or topped up… It’s like an evening of fun and games. (When and where? Editor’s note.)


What are you afraid of?
Not being able to see the essential things.


When was the last time you did something for the first time?
I try new things almost every day – even if it’s just a new route to the office.


What should no one know about you?
My school bag was the one with dolphins on it.


Which question should we have asked?
Can you sniff Matcha too?


Last Words:
It’s all good.

Kategorien: People | Autor: | Datum: 03. Dezember 2015 | Tags: , , , , Keine Kommentare

Kaya-Line Knust


Kaya Line Knust | Stop The Water

Kaya-Line Knust

The 2 Minute-Interview

Kaya-Line Knust is full of energy. As soon as she enters the room, you feel stronger, smarter and more beautiful yourself. We experienced that when Kaya-Line came to visit us in our studio about six months ago to talk about PR for her fantastic natural cosmetic line STOP THE WATER WHILE USING ME! She had us at hello. And we’re glad she did, because now, we get to work with her such a lot and we’ve never smelled this good and have never been as sustainably well groomed before! So it’s about time we got straight up and personal. But don’t say we didn’t warn you. May we introduce: Kaya.


Name: Kaya-Line Knust
Age: 32
City: Hamburg
Job: manager of sustainable natural cosmetics company STOP THE WATER WHILE USING ME!
Shoe size: 40
Favourite fragrance: James Heeley ’Sel Marin’ and Maison Loius Marie ’Bois de Balincourt’
Contact: World Wide Web (or kaya@stop-the-water.com)



What’s the first thing you do in the morning?
Put espresso pot on stove. Turn on music. Drink espresso.


What is your personal contribution to improving the world?
I try to live as sustainable as possible while spreading a maximum of positive energy, joy and love – in hope of a beautiful chain reaction.


A good deed for everyone to do before the year is over:
Just one? There are still six weeks left tot he year! Action speaks louder than words. So get going!


What’s next?
Living in the here and now.


What is the most important invention of mankind?
I’m having trouble deciding between wine and a bed!


Name a magical place anywhere in the world:
To me, Africa has the ultimate magical energy. Followed by the fireside bench at my parent’s house.


Where did you grow up?
I spent the early years in Eckernförde, later I lived in Freiburg and then I spent my youth in Hannover. After that, I had had enough and headed for New York City.


What are you proud of?
I’m proud of my family and friends. I am truly blessed to be surrounded by such extraordinary people.

How do you get wrapped around one’s finger?
With homemade (soul) food. And music: play me a song (and pretend it was written especially for me) and you’ll have me wrapped around all 10 fingers!


With which famous person would you like to have coffee?
Paulo Coelho!


How did the „Keep off the grass“-sign get on the grass?
Chuck Norris?


What would you cook for us if we visited you at home?
Something warm, preferably with sweet potatoes, homemade bread and some exquisite wine. And afterwards some (not homemade!) schnapps.


What are you afraid of?
Not being able to save the world. And broken hearts.


When did you last try something new and what was it?
I’m always doing new things. Life is all about doing new things.


What should no one know about you?
Can’t tell. Because of my super powers, you see…


Which question should we have asked?
How I’d save the world!


Last Words: Something I really like to have. Always.


Photo: Mali Lazell


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