What inspired your Critical Objects project? “I have a general interest in form and function, as well as in product design, furniture, and the arts. I felt the need to have a break from my daily graphic-design routine and wanted to explore design beyond my usual work, but at the same time profit from my graphic-designer mindset and point of view. I felt like moving into a field that covers most of my interests could give me enough freedom to create something from scratch without getting lost.”

Till Wiedeck of HelloMe, Graphic Designer

If you’re wondering why we chose to kick off a story about a graphic designer with a series of objects that fall squarely in the art/furniture realm, there are two reasons: First, they were our first introduction — via Pinterest — to Till Wiedeck‘s work, and second, they illustrate perfectly what’s so great about the Berlin-based talent. Though he refers to himself as a hyper-functionalist, preoccupied with detail and simplicity and too serious to answer our sillier interview questions about Google searches and fictional characters, somehow he’s still the kind of guy who would take a sizeable chunk of time out of his client schedule to build a suite of semi-useless objects like these. You’ll find the same juxtapositions in the portfolio of his graphics studio, HelloMe, where he might pair spare typography with lush hyper-color flower arrangements, creepy Photoshop smears, or experimental acid-trip paintings he and his cohorts have made by hand. It all comes together in our interview with Wiedeck, who has a thing for both Bauhaus and Memphis, modernist chairs and tchotchkes. Whatever it is, it’s working.

First thing you remember making: “I started drawing very early. I recently got a lot of mine and my brother’s early childhood paintings from my mother. I took them all with me to archive them. There’s no specific thing I remember, but I spent a lot of my childhood painting and drawing until the age of ten, when I suddenly came across graffiti. My very first love, it opened a whole world of typogrpahy for me.”

What you’d make now if you had a $1 million budget: “I would create a lab for visual experiments and just be researching. Probably.”

First thing a stranger would say when they saw your work: “I would love to be able to tell. If it made them smile I would be very happy.”