How did you end up working with Motel One?
One day I received an email from Vienna: an art scout from Motel One had stumbled upon my book about Munich. That was exciting and the beginning of a long creative journey, something I could never have imagined at the time.
What was the task you were set by Motel One? And what did you deliver?
The idea was to bring the city of Munich into the hotel. The idea was that the guests of this Motel One – many of whom are trade fair visitors who barely find the time for a stroll through the city – should still be able to get an impression of Munich. Basically, the fastest, most artistic sightseeing tour of Munich with added humour.
What was the creative process like?
In the beginning, I was spoilt for choice and asked myself questions like what should I include, what could be included and what do I absolutely want to illustrate. I spent two years drawing my way around Munich, exploring all facets of the city. Creating wall installations for Motel One from over 200 drawings collected in the travel guide that I had created previously was a completely different, but no less challenging, creative process resulting in artworks in the most diverse drawing styles, colours and sizes, and also divided into themes. Having to weave all that into balanced and inspiring compositions really got my brain working in overdrive.
Your favourite Munich motif is...?
The Olympic Stadium – a real design sensation! And the Oktoberfest – a melting pot, a reflection of society, Munich tradition and modernity – where everything comes together for the ultimate celebration of life and beer!