/Kollektiv Plus Zwei/

We are a design duo that loves to explore and play with materials, humor and the complete manufacturing process. Studio Kollektiv Plus Zwei designs furniture, conceptual objects and experiments with the goal of making them more sensually perceivable and tangible.

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“We love the connection and contrast of materials. We are always eager to discover new materials to work with and find out about their ad-/disadvantages and what they want to be.”

Passion & work

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Hello guys! Let’s start from story behind Kollektiv Plus Zwei: how did You met? What was the main points to work together? What’s the meaning of the name? How You fulfill each other professionally?

/Stefanie & Matthias/

Hello! We met at university during our first studies of product design back than in Germany. We fell in love, became a couple. Besides that we´ve been always supporting each other at projects. If you hang out a lot together, share the same interests and discuss design, you will develop a similar understanding of design and aesthetics over the years.

Matze: technical understanding and materiality. Steffi: colors and textures.

The meaning of the name: although we work together as a duo we see ourselves as part of the collective. This means we get inspiration, hints and support from our environment – the collective.

What was Your first project as Kollektiv Plus Zwei?

Our first project was a textile tube lamp – called Knitula. It was the first and probably longest project we ever did. There are 100s of prototypes in different shapes and textile lampshades we did :).

How would You describe your profession in five words?

Material, curiosity, sensual perception, humor, stamina.

Your work is very aesthetic. What names inspire Your work most?

We do not have a role model for our entire work, we have different idols for different areas of our work. Chefs, textures of our environment, craftsmanship and industrial mass production, to name a few. Otherwise we gain inspiration from rather the quiet and subtle observations of our everyday life.

What is Your favorite material to work with on a product design?

Resin is a beautiful connector of materials. But in general we love the connection and contrast of materials. We are always eager to discover new materials to work with and find out about their ad-/disadvantages and what they want to be.

Tell us about Your best project so far?

That is „The Importance of the Obvious“ series. It is the project with the greatest variation, it has brought us to many exciting places and interesting people.

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A question from creative family member, Renata Simone: “How you manage to work together? Is it easier or harder to work alone for You?”

In most of the cases it is easier to work together instead of alone for one-selves. You have a partner to share and discuss your ideas, that motivates and supports you. Sure, sometimes it is also difficult to discuss projects, because logically one can not be equally enthusiastic or convinced about every project. In these cases, usually one of us will continue alone until the other one is back on board :).

Your amazing work can be found at /neim/ shop. What was the main points of choosing to take a part in /neim/ creative family?

A convincing concept of /neim/, an open, professional, constructive and supportive culture of conversation and sympathy.

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