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(c) Saskia Stolzlechner

We teamed up with the Austrian artist Peter Olschinsky to create a limited collection

We teamed up with the Austrian artist Peter Olschinsky to create a strongly limited range of sunglasses. For the launch we talked to him about his work.

He designed a graph­ic image of the Vien­nese dis­trict Neubau, that is home to many cre­atives and the inspi­ra­tion behind neubau eye­wear — the lim­it­ed col­lec­tion is from now on avail­able. For the launch of the col­lec­tion we talked to the Graph­ic Design­er Olschin­sky about his work!

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(c) Saskia Stolzlechner

Peter, how do you start your mornings? 

It´s basi­cal­ly the same rou­tine every­day: get up, walk the dog, have break­fast, go to work. On week­ends I try to run before breakfast.

Tell us a lit­tle bit about your­self. How is your every­day work struc­tured and how did every­thing start?

I start­ed as an illus­tra­tor around 20 years ago, then I shift­ed more towards graph­ic design, which is now most of what I do. The struc­ture of my every­day work is based on the projects we are work­ing on – but usu­al­ly it starts with check­ing e-mails, writ­ing a to-do list, and then get­ting things done. We work hard, and usu­al­ly don´t have a lunch break, but we try to leave the stu­dio at around 5.

You’re an artist and work in dif­fer­ent fields such as graph­ic design, illus­tra­tion, pho­tog­ra­phy and art direc­tion. Is there any­thing you like most and why? 

Each field has its own chal­lenges, and that´s why I like the vari­ety. Of course I feel most com­fort­able when I am free to play around with illus­tra­tion, but my goal is to deliv­er best work in what­ev­er I do. And I believe it´s very impor­tant to leave my com­fort zone once in a while, oth­er­wise I wouldn´t be able to devel­op my work any further.

Your spe­cial­ty is archi­tec­tur­al illus­tra­tion. Is there a city you love most par­tic­u­lar­ly regard­ing architecture?

Well, there are a lot of fas­ci­nat­ing cities. I love the struc­tures of metrop­o­lis­es like New York, Hong Kong, or Shang­hai for instance – but that doesn´t nec­es­sar­i­ly mean I would like to live there. I am inter­est­ed in how struc­tures are grow­ing and devel­op­ing, and I like the jux­ta­po­si­tion of old and new. 

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Frank by Peter Olschinsky
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Carla by Peter Olschinsky

How do you inspire your­self while work­ing in a cre­ative stu­dio and being an artist both at the same time? 

To be hon­est – I think inspi­ra­tion is not what it takes most when it gets to work. The most impor­tant thing is that you sit down and work, work, work. This is how you get shit done. Ideas come all the time, but you need expe­ri­ence to exe­cute them. And expe­ri­ence is earned by hours and hours of labor.

Your archi­tec­tur­al illus­tra­tion of the dis­trict Neubau in Vien­na is print­ed on our frames Frank and Car­la. Was your work dif­fer­ent in this coop­er­a­tion than nor­mal­ly and how?

Usu­al­ly, I´m not asked to repro­duce a spe­cif­ic area or cityshape; my illus­tra­tions nor­mal­ly show sur­re­al cities, so this was some­thing new. Also, regard­ing the pro­duc­tion process for print­ing on the frames, there were some details I had to take care of, to make sure the illus­tra­tion would work well on every frame. But that was great fun, actu­al­ly.

How do you choose the col­ors for the cities you show in your work and why did you choose green for the dis­trict Neubau?

The colour range of my illus­tra­tions often devel­ops while I am work­ing on them. There is a lot of ran­dom out­come dur­ing the process of cre­ation. Regard­ing the green for the dis­trict Neubau: I would prob­a­bly not have cho­sen this from the begin­ning, but it came as a sug­ges­tion from you – and it worked out well, I´m total­ly hap­py with it.

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Frank by Peter Olschinsky

Do you have idols? 

There are many peo­ple in this world that have done extra­or­di­nary things. What I admire most is when they do not only have a cer­tain out­stand­ing tal­ent, but when they fol­low their way obliv­i­ous­ly and with deter­mi­na­tion, to achieve their goals.

Do you think hav­ing idols is pro­duc­tive or destruc­tive and why?

There´s a big dif­fer­ence in either get­ting moti­vat­ed by some­one, or try­ing to be some­one else. First is great, sec­ond not. I think we should stop com­par­ing each oth­er, but rather find out our per­son­al strengths.

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(c) Saskia Stolzlechner

Which 3 movies should every­body see? 

Blade Run­ner 1 and 2
Metrop­o­lis (Fritz Lang, 1927)
Eat, Drink, Man, Woman (Ang Lee, 1994)

Which are your favorite places in the dis­trict Neubau, Vienna? 

The Muse­um­squarti­er, and all the small shops, restau­rants, cafes and ate­liers around Kirchen­gasse, Stift­gasse, Neubau­gasse.

The lim­it­ed frames are avail­able online, for Aus­tria only.
Shop Car­la by Olschin­sky here and Frank by Olschin­sky here.

Find out more about Peter Olschin­sky.

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Carla by Peter Olschinsky
16 Aug 2018 · neubau eyewear