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.”