How to live, love, and work together

Lovers, friends, parents—and co-founders. See how this creative couple makes it work when they're together virtually 24/7.

Mar­ria­ge in its­elf can seem qui­te the insur­moun­ta­ble task for some, but not for Meli­sa and Dan­ny. The quint­essen­ti­al crea­ti­ve Ber­lin-based cou­p­le have see­min­gly cra­cked the code on suc­cess­ful­ly co-habi­ta­ting, co-paren­ting, and co-working. Below, details on their bud­ding busi­ness—@renk.magazin—and what life is like when the­re’s prac­ti­cal­ly no downtime. 

You two are co-foun­ders of renk. Maga­zi­ne. Wha­t’s the idea behind the pop cul­tu­re publication?

D: The Tur­kish word renk’ means color in Eng­lish. As the first Ger­man-Tur­kish maga­zi­ne, we pri­ma­ri­ly focus on pro­mo­ting mul­ti-eth­nic art and cul­tu­re, and the inter­con­nec­ted­ness that comes from mer­ging tho­se heri­ta­ges and life­styles. We like to think of it as an online space whe­re you can deep dive into our arti­cles to for­get about all of the poli­ti­cal dis­crepan­ci­es and deba­tes hap­pe­ning now, and just focus on the crea­ti­ve work of the people.

Not only are you busi­ness part­ners, you’­re also a cou­p­le. How did you meet, and how does work affect your relationship?

M: We met back in 2011 while stu­dy­ing visu­al com­mu­ni­ca­ti­on at Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­ty of App­lied Sci­en­ces and Arts. (We later enrol­led at Ber­lin Uni­ver­si­ty of the Arts, whe­re we stu­di­ed visu­al com­mu­ni­ca­ti­on at a mas­ters’ level.) Now that our rela­ti­ons­hip invol­ves us also working tog­e­ther, the­re is no clear divi­si­on bet­ween work and our pri­va­te life. Admit­ted­ly, we do spend a lot of time tog­e­ther, and are fre­quent­ly asked how this works out…

D: We make it a point to make time for qua­li­ty time, which is usual­ly sip­ping drinks while Net­flix-and-chil­ling on the couch. On the other hand, qua­li­ty time also inclu­des us working clo­se­ly tog­e­ther to flush out a cool con­cept for the magazine.

Whe­re do you source the sub­jects and topics fea­tured in renk. Maga­zin?

D: Typi­cal­ly we focus on the things Meli­sa and I love and find par­ti­cu­lar­ly inte­res­ting. Also, we always think about what might be com­pel­ling for our audi­ence to read.

And how do you gene­ral­ly split the workload?

D: The­re’s no crys­tal clear sepa­ra­ti­on of duties — we’­re both hea­vi­ly invol­ved with design, plan­ning, and conceptualization.

M: I’d say my focus lies more with all things orga­niz­a­tio­nal, while Dan­ny focu­ses on the more tech­ni­cal aspects.

You two seem qui­te in sync pro­fes­sio­nal­ly. Do you ever dis­agree about work?

D: When it comes to the maga­zi­ne, Meli­sa is ulti­mate­ly in char­ge. She gets the last word, so the­re is no need for long, drawn out dis­cus­sions. (Hap­py wife, hap­py life!)

What is your secret for striking the per­fect balan­ce bet­ween work and life?

D: For the lon­gest time, that ever elu­si­ve work-life balan­ce was merely a con­cept we read about…

M: We weren’t real­ly good at it at first, admit­ted­ly, but we’­re much bet­ter at it now. Our secret? Beco­m­ing parents!

What three words most accu­rate­ly descri­be what it takes to start a busi­ness in your respec­ti­ve opinions?

M: Con­fi­dence, focus, and discipline.

D: Per­sis­tence, (a litt­le) reck­less­ness, and imagination.

Shop the sto­ry: Meli­sa is wea­ring Eva, and Dan­ny wears Adam.

07 Dez. 2018 · NEUBAU EYEWEAR
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