Interview with Stephan Maria Lang

Winner of Architecture Design Awards

Award Winning Designer Stephan Maria Lang shares insights


Interview with Stephan Maria Lang at Monday 21st of May 2018:

DL: Could you please tell us a bit about your design background and education?
SL : i am trained in TUM Munich and ETH Zürich Switzerland, i worked in London i was teaching at the TUM Munich

DL: What motivates you to design in general, why did you become a designer?
SL : i love to create to find unique solutions and to work with an holistic approach

DL: Did you choose to become a designer, or you were forced to become one?
SL : life is a creatice flow i was thrown into

DL: What do you design, what type of designs do you wish to design more of?
SL : Museums i mainly design high end residences and would like to design more museums

DL: What should young designers do to become a design legend like you?
SL : do not compromise . Find and follow your own artistic solutions

DL: What distinguishes between a good designer and a great designer?
SL : passion and personality to express something unique

DL: What makes a good design a really good design, how do you evaluate good design?
SL : it touches your senses , your soul

DL: What is the value of good design? Why should everyone invest in good design?
SL : it uplights your life

DL: What would you design and who would you design for if you had the time?
SL : sculptures

DL: What is the dream project you haven’t yet had time to realize?
SL : a museum

DL: What is your secret recipe of success in design, what is your secret ingredient?
SL : tolerance and indulgence

DL: Who are some other design masters and legends you get inspired from?
SL : FL Wright, Schindler, Neutra, Lautner, Benisch

DL: What are your favorite designs by other designers, why do you like them?
SL : Falling water and Sidney opera they touch my soul after all these years

DL: What is your greatest design, which aspects of that design makes you think it is great?
SL : House P is a huge Villa and sits gently in its Garden

DL: How could people improve themselves to be better designers, what did you do?
SL : do not copy. find your own answers, don't be comfortable in repeating yourself

DL: If you hadn’t become a designer, what would you have done?
SL : a postman or a gardener

DL: Who helped you to reach these heights, who was your biggest supporter?
SL : my friendly and highly professional team

DL: What were the obstacles you faced before becoming a design master?
SL : to find clients , loyal partners and to build up a highly professional team

DL: How do you think designers should present their work?
SL : it is always so individual be passionate and authentic

DL: What’s your next design project, what should we expect from you in future?
SL : a residence in Switzerland. i hope to realize the most beautiful houses at the nicest places around the world

DL: What’s your ultimate goal as a designer?
SL : to build a falling water or a Guggenheim museum

DL: What people expect from an esteemed designer such as yourself?
SL : decent authentic approach to fulfill their personal dreams

DL: How does design help create a better society?
SL : society does not become better trough design

DL: What are you currently working on that you are especially excited about?
SL : 3-6 Villas at exciting sites. i love the variety of solutions for my individual A- list clients

DL: Which design projects gave you the most satisfaction, why?
SL : private residences give you the opportunity to create everything from the exterior to the interior to the garden as a "Gesamtkunstwerk"

DL: Where do you think the design field is headed next?
SL : green an natural

DL: How long does it take you to finalize a design project?
SL : the design process is short the building process takes up to 2 years

DL: When you have a new design project, where do you start?
SL : i start with needs and dreams of the client combines with the restrictions and opportunities of the site

DL: What is your life motto as a designer?
SL : i am a maximalist

DL: Do you think design sets the trends or trends set the designs?
SL : good design should be timeless

DL: What is the role of technology when you design?
SL : a tool to make life easier

DL: What kind of design software and equipment do you use in your work?
SL : Archicad 2d drawing and pencil scetching

DL: What is the role of the color, materials and ambient in design?
SL : at the end it is all about atmosphere amd we shoultd carefully watch every detail of a space

DL: When you see a new great design or product what comes into your mind?
SL : lovely great inspiration for my life

DL: Who is your ideal design partner? Do you believe in co-design?
SL : my team is very important. they complete so many abilities i do not posses

DL: Which people you interacted had the most influence on your design?
SL : the craftsmen on site and my Bauleiter

DL: Which books you read had the most effect on your design?
SL : a book about Schindler and Light in Japaneses architecture

DL: How did you develop your skills as a master designer?
SL : learning by doing

DL: Irrelative of time and space, who you would want to meet, talk and discuss with?
SL : FL Wright and Schindler

DL: How do you feel about all the awards and recognition you had, is it hard to be famous?
SL : it is a recognition for a hard and long development we had in the office

DL: What is your favorite color, place, food, season, thing and brand?
SL : the nature with the constant change of season creating unique light texture colour is touching my soul

DL: Please tell us a little memoir, a funny thing you had experienced as a designer?
SL : the compliment of a rich client: Stephan the house is a dream; more beautiful then i could have ever dream t of

DL: What makes your day great as a designer, how do you motivate yourself?
SL : the moment of "coincidence" when after a long struggle a solution appears on the paper

DL: When you were a little child, was it obvious that you would become a great designer?
SL : playing Lego i hated to mix color could be a hint

DL: What do you think about future; what do you see will happen in thousand years from now?
SL : the human kind is probably extinguish itself and nature will eventually recover

DL: Please tell us anything you wish your fans to know about you, your design and anything else?
SL : The quality and beauty of Stephan Maria Lang's works lays in the integration of architecture, garden, and interior into a Gesamtkunstwerk