NEUBAU designer Gabriel Kirschner 1

Peop­le of neu­bau: Gabri­el Kirschner

NEUBAU EYEWEAR isn’t your typical anonymous label but a familiar brand with different faces and real stories to tell.

With a visi­on to fuse crea­ti­vi­ty, sus­taina­bi­li­ty, and style, NEU­BAU is a reflec­tion of the crea­ti­ve minds and makers behind the brand. In this seri­es, we put a lens on the peop­le of NEU­BAU and reve­al the actu­al lives behind the brand.
Sto­ries about the love for high qua­li­ty, strong design, inno­va­ti­on as well as per­so­nal expe­ri­en­ces in Vienna’s Neu­bau district and latest dis­co­ve­ries in their neigh­bor­hood. Frame of Mind wants to intro­du­ce the peop­le that make ever­ything hap­pen. An insi­de view of what’s hap­pe­ning behind the sce­nes — the fourth one in this seri­es is Gabriel.

He is the mas­ter­mind behind all new design lan­guage of NEU­BAU and enjoys sports and out­doors whe­re he loves to push his own bounda­ries and find new chal­len­ges — we tal­ked with Gabri­el about his inspi­ra­ti­ons, fit­ness and dai­ly routines. 

How would your descri­be your job at NEUBAU?

My job descrip­ti­on is Design, which means I am respon­si­ble for all the Design at NEU­BAU. In clo­se com­mu­ni­ca­ti­ons with Dani­el Liktor (Mana­ging Direc­tor) and Domi­nik Fue­reder (Pro­duct Mana­ger), I deve­lop the pre­sent and future design lan­guage for NEU­BAU EYEWEAR.

What new hob­by have you dis­co­ve­r­ed for yourself?

Sin­ce the first lock­down, I have kept mys­elf busy with the Wim­Hof method — it’s a very power­ful breat­hing tech­ni­que com­bi­ned with ice baths. I have done it every day sin­ce then and I love it. I also star­ted to slack­li­ne, it is much more dif­fi­cult as you’d expect.

What was the most bizar­re social distancing online shop­ping purcha­se you made?

I don’t know if I bought some­thing bizar­re. Like many others, I bought some exer­cise equip­ment. Nor­mal­ly I go clim­bing but this year the clim­bing gym is clo­sed. In my case, I got mys­elf a rower machi­ne and a Hangboard.

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WHAT DO YOU DO IN YOUR FREE TIME TO SWITCH OFF?

I like to exer­cise in all kinds of sports — but to real­ly switch off? I guess I have to go into natu­re. My favo­ri­te thing is dri­ving with my cam­per to the Aus­tri­an Alps to go hiking or climbing/​bouldering some rocks. During clim­bing, you can’t allow yourself to think of anything else. That’s my favo­ri­te part about it! You train your mind­set in such a strong way.

A WORD THAT BEST DESCRI­BES YOUR CARE­ER SO FAR?

Pas­sio­na­te / extraordinary

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRI­BE THE DEVE­LO­P­MENT OF NEUBAU?

I have not been in the team sin­ce the begin­ning. In my opi­ni­on, the team did a real­ly gre­at job deve­lo­ping and estab­li­shing an urban eye­we­ar brand that has uni­que fea­tures — such as dif­fe­rent sus­tainab­le mate­ri­als, natural3D for example.

WHAT IS YOUR RELA­TI­ONS­HIP TO VIEN­NA? WHAT DO YOU ESPE­CIAL­LY LIKE?

Vien­na is like my second home bes­i­de Linz. Half of my fami­ly lives in Vien­na, in my Child­hood we often visi­ted them. Now, most of my friends live the­re, and I visit them as often as pos­si­ble. What I love about Vien­na is the cul­tu­re, how locals speak and behave, the histo­ry of the city, all the dif­fe­rent muse­ums, all the archi­tec­tu­re espe­cial­ly the art nou­veau, and it is the most worth-living city in the world, I think that says it all.

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WHAT ARE YOU MOST LOO­KING FOR­WARD TO THIS YEAR?

A new era for NEU­BAU just star­ted and I’m real­ly loo­king for­ward to crea­ting the new future of the brand, with the team. I espe­cial­ly have the new tita­ni­um collec­tion in mind, which was in coope­ra­ti­on with ODEEHs collec­tion we deve­lo­ped a new signa­tu­re hin­ge, for which I’m very proud​.In pri­va­te? I hope holi­days in a for­eign coun­try will be pos­si­ble again in 2021.

CUR­RENT FRAME OF MIND

Through the pan­de­mic, pri­va­te life feels like it has stop­ped. I real­ly look for­ward to when ever­ything is open again — wha­te­ver that will look like after this long peri­od of time. It affects the psy­che to stay at home for such a long time.

WHAT ROLE DOES DESIGN TAKE IN YOUR PRI­VA­TE LIFE?

Design, in gene­ral, is a big part of my life, that’s why I wan­ted to work in that branch. I love to crea­te things, star­ting as an idea and some­ti­mes the­se ide­as come to life. In my pri­va­te life, I like to hand­craft stuff. As an eye­we­ar desi­gner you often work on a com­pu­ter, I love that, but I also love the craft­s­manship behind crea­ti­ons. So, as often as I can, I make hand­craft stuff. I can find a lot of inspi­ra­ti­on for work the­re and like to expe­ri­ment with dif­fe­rent materials.

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