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Creative couples: get to know the young founders Melisa and Danny

Melisa and Danny are a couple you like to hang out with. A couple that is fun, relaxed, likeable – and super focused.

They are not your reg­u­lar cou­ple but a real pow­er force when it comes to their own cre­ative busi­ness­es. Yes, plur­al. They’ve met dur­ing their stud­ies, moved to Berlin, and found­ed the Turk­ish-Ger­man mag­a­zine Renk’ as well as their visu­al agency Buero Farbe’. Now anoth­er long-term project is com­ing up: they expect a new, tiny team mate…Before the Christ­mas trou­ble has hit hard they enjoyed the calm with a nice din­ner – take a look inside their cozy flat and find out how work­ing with a part­ner can function.

To get to know you bet­ter: When and how did the two of you meet?
D: 
We first met at uni­ver­si­ty, more than five years ago by now. There were a few small­er encoun­ters, but, rough­ly clus­tered, did Melisa know about me that I was work­ing as an under­grad­u­ate assis­tant ana­lyz­ing and archiv­ing books, and I knew about Melisa that she – as a tutor – liked boss­ing around poor fresh­men with a mega­phone. Even­tu­al­ly I saw her rolling a cig­a­rette out­side, at this point I already noticed her, so I threw my ruler and book into the cor­ner to keep com­pa­ny with her. I think I com­pli­ment­ed her then glar­ing red hair, super creative…

What was the first thing you noticed about the oth­er per­son?
M:
In 2011/2012 we had a pho­tog­ra­phy course togeth­er and every­body was sup­posed to bring pho­tos they liked and explain why. Dan­ny brought a bunch of aes­thet­ic black and white pho­tographs that def­i­nite­ly got my attention.

D: The loud voice and her cheeky nature.

What is his or her most out­stand­ing fea­ture to you today?
M:
As we work togeth­er it’s impor­tant to dif­fer­en­ti­ate between our busi­ness and our pri­vate life. In our job Danny’s best fea­ture is that he’s incred­i­bly good in doing phone calls. It might sound com­plete­ly irrel­e­vant but it’s not at all, espe­cial­ly because I’m super bad at it! Each and every time I’m sur­prised by how like­able he sounds on the phone. Plus: he’s a real­ly good design­er. As soon as he got a plan he’s able to visu­al­ize amaz­ing things in the short­est amount of time. In pri­vate I’d say he’s a true affi­ciona­do. If I can’t stop work­ing he would pro­vide an all round care­free pack­age to sound the bell for the end of the work­ing day: Net­flix, deli­cious food, tak­ing a bath, or some­thing com­plete­ly else!

D: I’m a char­ac­ter that even­tu­al­ly tends to spin in cir­cles, espe­cial­ly with my own thoughts. In these sit­u­a­tions Melisa is like a stick in the spokes – with her I keep the overview.

How do you find a bal­ance between work and rela­tion­ship?
M:
I’d say I’m good in sep­a­rat­ing work and rela­tion­ship strict­ly. I nev­er take things per­son­al instead I’m just hap­py to be work­ing with him. It’s an incred­i­ble feel­ing to reach work goals not only with a busi­ness part­ner but with your part­ner in life. It’s kind of like a dou­ble rush of happiness.

D: Many friends ask us this ques­tions. And it’s true, some­times it’s tempt­ing to reflect a call with a client or to hold a board meet­ing in bed, in the mid­dle of the night, before falling asleep. How­ev­er, going to the gro­cery store, cook­ing, play­ing backgam­mon, and trav­el­ling are good oppor­tu­ni­ties to switch your thoughts to some­thing com­plete­ly different.

What came first: The per­son­al con­nec­tion or the con­nec­tion on a cre­ative lev­el?
M:
Def­i­nite­ly the per­son­al – and it took and still takes a lot of work and effort to adapt to the other’s pro­fes­sion­al and cre­ative lev­el. Some­times it works great, but there are some days when it just doesn’t work at all.

How much is the oth­er per­son part of your own work and cre­ativ­i­ty?
M:
Let’s keep it the oth­er way around. At the moment I wouldn’t know what or who isn’t part of it.

What is one place espe­cial­ly inte­gral to your rela­tion­ship? Why does it hold so much mean­ing?
D:
I hon­est­ly had to reflect this ques­tion for quite a long time, but final­ly came to the deci­sion that it’s not places play­ing an inte­gral role in our rela­tion­ship – instead of where’ it’s more about with you’. We’re one of those cou­ples that faces ques­tion­ing looks when peo­ple hear how much time we spend togeth­er, whether at work or in private.

Which place makes you feel the most inspired?
M:
Some­times it’s the Fernse­hturm. Back in the days I used to find it fas­ci­nat­ing, it’s huge and a sym­bol for Berlin. Today, when I find the time to view it, then it always reminds me of my then fas­ci­na­tion and excite­ment, of a time when I had no plan of what to do in life or in the city. Now, five years lat­er, I can say I real­ly arrived, we get many jobs, and we’re expect­ing a baby. Some­times I see the Fernse­hturm and think about the achieve­ments we made on our path and I’m hap­py that that tele­vi­sion tow­er just became a part of our every­day life.

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You’re about to become par­ents – how do you expect your life, your work, your rela­tion­ship to evolve?
M:
We’re real­ly look­ing for­ward and are super excit­ed. We placid­ly take the things as they come. I doubt that it’s pos­si­ble to have the per­fect mas­ter plan with a baby. I’m sure it all turns out very dif­fer­ent­ly – with or with­out a mas­ter plan prepared.

D: We plan to approach it just like we han­dle all our oth­er projects: good prepa­ra­tion is nec­es­sary, but the actu­al mak­ing is more impor­tant than over­think­ing everything.

With the cold­er sea­son approach­ing, what would your per­fect win­ter day as a cou­ple look like?
D:
The per­fect win­ter day def­i­nite­ly starts with sleep­ing in. A long walk with fresh snow is nec­es­sary as well. Enjoy­ing the cold win­ter air, catch­ing some rays of sun­shine, the grind­ing noise of the snow under your shoes – beau­ti­ful. On a per­fect win­ter day we’d also proud­ly own a fire­place. While stretch­ing our feet towards the fire we would watch Ground­hog Day’ on TV and sip a small gin & ton­ic with lavender.

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22 Dec 2017 · neubau eyewear