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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
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