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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 Dec 2018 · neubau eyewear
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