Nadja König

The 2 Minute Interview

A wise man once said if you’re good at crafts, you can do anything. And right he was. Nadja König is pretty much the arts and craft champion around here. With a pen, a pair of scissors and paper she invents and creates completely and utterly astounding things. Fashion for example, or stationary concepts for big fish such as Johnny Walker or Häberlein and Mauerer. Nadja immediately won our hearts when she presented her unbelievably awesome illustrations for a PR client – lovely hand drawn shampoo bottles, tubes, jars, drinks and even water processing units (!). We met with the young and wild mummy for some cucumber soup and had a chat about package holidays, crime scenes and the normal day-to-day madness in the life of a paper-crazy person.


Name: Nadja König
Age: still 31
City: Munich
Job: Illustrator, paper lover and fashion designer
Shoe size: 37 – have you got some shoes for me ;-)?
Favourite pen: Rotring ink pen

Please tell us how to make the perfect paper airplane.

Fold left, fold right, from top to bottom, halfway down and off it goes.;-)


What’s the best part about your job?
Creating new things is always exciting – be it as a fashion designer or a person crazy about paper.


And what is really annoying?
Unreliability – be it clients, partners or suppliers – really bothers me.


If you could paint your own perfect world, with what would you start?
The sky.


Who or what inspires you?
Even if it sounds like a cliché, I always try going through life with my eyes open!


What are your three most important tools?
A pen, a pair of scissors, paper.


Which moment changed everything?
It sounds a bit cheesy, but the birth of my daughter changed everything. All of a sudden, you know exactly what you want in life and what’s important – and also what is not!


Share a magical place!
Hmm, that’s a hard one. To be honest I think any place can be magical if you’re with the right people.


Once and never again?
A package holiday on the Canary Islands.


Do you believe in fate?
Definitely. Lately, lots of things in my life kept changing. But every new situation always offered new opportunities as well.

What was your greatest success so far?
In terms of my recent work in the scope of StiftScherePapier it was the collaboration with Johnny Walker and Häberlein und Mauerer. I was able to create a complete stationary concept and the client’s enthusiasm and excitement made me very proud.


What are you afraid of?
Not being able to see and take in new pictures.


Which piece of art would you like possess?
The Young Hare by Dürer.


What would you cook for us if we visited you at home?
An iced cucumber soup as a starter, then something with fish, and tiramisu for desert. When are you coming?


Which super power would you like to have?
Of course I’d need a sensational outfit first and then I’d fly around and do all sorts of good things ;-)


When did you last try something new and what was it?
It’s been a while, but I went water-skiing last summer. It was really amazing and my muscles were so sore I couldn’t move for two weeks.


Which question should we have asked?
Is Sunday night Tatort night?


Last Words:
Because I´m happy.