As I walked the Tendence gift fair in Frankfurt this summer, Iris Maschek appeared to me like an oasis of glam in a desert of practicality. There she was, surrounded by clocks and soaps and clever ceramic jugs with customizable chalkboard labels, dressed all in black and perched in a cool mid-century rattan chair against this gorgeously baroque Rorschach-like backdrop: A specimen from her first wallpaper collection. Maschek already has a successful career designing textiles and wall treatments for European brands like Rasch, Eijffinger, Creation Baumann, and Dedar, but having her own line leaves her free to explore darker, more experimental imagery and proportions.
First thing you ever made:
A cloth I wove when I was 6 years old. I made it on a small loom for children. It should have been a multicolored carpet for my dollhouse, but it ended up as a blanket for my cat.
My “design hero” is nature itself. No designer can compete with its creativity and the variety of shapes, colors, and functionalities it provides.
Album most played while you work:
I use music to put myself in different moods. The albums I currently play the most are Morton Feldman’s Triadic Memories, Colleen’s Everybody alive wants answers, and Theophilus London’s This Charming Man.