I'm really happy that Hamburg-based designer Andreas Linzner has stopped by today for an interview. Andreas creates magical one-of-a-kind monkeys, elephants, polar bears, and other custom animals and accessories from vintage terry cloth that have an emotional resonance with anyone who grew up in the 50s, 60s, or 70s. But I would venture to say that kids who've never even seen vintage terry love these adorable animals.
Originally a men's tailor at the Nuremberg Opera, Andreas studied textile art at the Nuremberg Academy of Modern Arts and earned a following because of the small runs of vintage terry he continues to use on his cloth menagerie of animals. But he also has his own original prints. The bunnies shown above are dressed in his signature Pucci-esque green print (which he calls "leaf"), and the blue print (he dubs "ocean"). Make sure to check out his special edition art collection (click on the highlighted link).
mj: How did you get into doing the animals and come up with the idea of the
custom vintage ones?
andreas: I love the towel fabrics especially the vintage fabrics. When I started my showroom in November 2000, I experimented with the material. I made a painting with it, designed clothing, and I sewed a bunny for a friend. The animals are one part of my work with vintage towels.
mj: When you design, what is your inspiration?
andreas: My inspiration is very different. I'm observing with my eyes wherever I am and it depends how I feel. When I look around, it is my world, like a dream world, I see so much that I like to see. I like the flowers in the park and road works.
mj: Which is your favorite design that you've done?
andreas: A digital camera made of towel fabrics and toweling painting.
mj: What do you enjoy most about designing?
andreas: The way an idea get real. To show something from my world of thinking, feeling and observing.
mj: Are you working on anything new?
andreas: I'm writing a book about toweling, and arranging an exhibition about toweling and the cultural history, also I created a toweling collection for him and her.
Here are A FEW THINGS YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT ANDREAS LINZNER
A) THE FOUR MOST STYLISH PEOPLE THAT INFLUENCED ME:
There is no influence from people
B) FOUR WAYS THAT STYLE MAKES THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE
1 to talk more with people that you didn't know and have an open mind
2 to be not so self-absorbed
3 to share
4 love and peace
C) FOUR OF MY FAVORITE DESIGNERS
1 joseph frank
2 stig lindberg
3 karl lagefeld
4 yoshi yamamoto
D) FOUR JOBS I HAVE HAD IN MY LIFE:
4 cleaning lady!
E) FOUR MOVIES I WOULD WATCH OVER AND OVER (AND DO):
1 movies from Pedro Almodovar
2 the women with Joan Crawford
3 muriel's wedding
F) FOUR PLACES WHERE I HAVE LIVED:
G) FOUR TV SHOWS I LOVE TO WATCH:
1 six feed under
2 queer as folk
3 desperate housewives
H) FOUR PLACES I HAVE BEEN ON VACATION IN THE LAST FOUR YEARS:
I) FOUR WEBSITES I VISIT DAILY (Or at least Weekly):
J) FOUR OF MY FAVORITE FOODS:
2 dark chocolate
3 ribbeles suppe
K) FOUR PLACES I WOULD RATHER BE RIGHT NOW:
1 in a house at the beach
3 the "Herrenhauser park" hannover