1 — Could you tell us a bit about what you do for a living and where you’re from?
My name is Sebastian Schützdeller, 29 year old architect and designer from Munich, Germany.
2 — What initially inspired you to become an architect?
I guess I have always been surrounded with the idea of a home being a well thought-out surrounding and therefore always confronted with the use and design of a space. The first points of contact with architecture in my guru’s office have shaped me, his approach and devotion.
3 — Can you describe your experience in the industry so far?
I basically always worked in offices during university and gained my first experience at the same time. During some stays abroad and afterwards, I continued to work in upmarket single-family house construction and product design – until I decided to set up my own studio.
4 — What projects would you say have been highlights?
I think every project has its own special charm, but the current projects House L and House P are both incredibly charming in very different ways and therefore highlights so far.
The nominations for the German Design Award have always been a remarkable praise for my work, but especially receiving the Archiproducts Design Award, where the design was selected from more than 600 products by 300 companies from 15 countries, alongside products by Philippe Starck and Antonio Citterio was a great honor – and one of the the starting signals for my own studio.
6 — What does simple aesthetic & minimal design mean to you?
In my opinion minimalism is not about the colors black and white – it’s about honesty, the honesty of materials and volumes, of concept and building. You need a clear picture of your concept and what you want to achieve with a building – which materials will be used and why which proportions are chosen. Only then can a building meet the requirements of minimalism as every decision follows these set parameters.
7 — What do you do in your spare time?
Difficult question, as there honestly is not much spare time. If there is though – I fix old stuff, and get out of the city’s chaos.
8 — Can you tell us what you’re currently working on?
Currently we’re working on several projects, mostly upmarket single-family houses, a store, and small interior projects.
9 — If you had a piece of advice for new architects, what would it be?
Make sure to realize what your key talent is and stay focused on where you want to go.
10 — If you could work with anyone in the world, who would it be and why?
It would be great to talk to Bjarke Ingels about his work, and I think Sir Jonathan Paul “Jony“ Ive has some great thoughts about materiality and minimalism.