Mr Maurer, what makes good design?
“It considers people, in its technology as well as its form.”
Do you have a set design formula?
“No, I ’m not religious.”
Where do your ideas come from?
“I’m inspired by a lot of things, the reflections in somebody’s eye, the wind in the leaves of a tree. I grew up next to a lake, so I developed a keenness for light early on.”
How would you describe Munich?
“Lovely. It ’s not the beer, but the joy on people’s faces as they walk along the Isar that makes me happy.”
Your personal relationship to the city?
“I ’m luckily stuck here, but thankfully I also live in New York – I need the challenge.”
What is your greatest dream?
“Building a life-size replica of the Sistine Chapel. So people can see it and maybe even have a drink there. As it is, it ’s hard to get in.”