Creative Business Style
How to unleash your creative powers on your everyday business look
Does the plain pencil skirt look allow you to express your true self? We believe that with these tips and tricks we can lift your everyday look to the next level leaving everyone amazed.
When it comes to traditional business style most people think of Meghan Markle in the famous TV show 'Suits', climbing the career ladder while looking absolutely flawless. We believe it is time to get creative and to devise a new business look that sets you apart from the rest. Out with playing it safe, in with giving your next business outfit a twist.
You should dance to your own tune: Music producers, artist agents, craftswomen, authors, speech therapists, even the witty tax consultants will ask for more, and with a good reason, because you don't need to subscribe to other people's expectations.
We would like to inspire you to be daring and play with a few more eccentric colours or accessories. While we are not talking about breaking all the rules and going overboard when it comes to colours and patterns the creative business style lets the wearer experiment a little bit more.
Inspiring Creatives & their Style
In order to get you the most out of your daring new look, we got together with inspiring creatives and asked them to share their tips and tricks.
Their voice united in a call for sustainability: “quality over quantity”. Supporting true craftsmanship and design sits at the core of getting you ready for your new creative business style.
Creative Business Style: How to dress like a visionary?
Driven by her love of beautiful things and her belief in ongoing sustainability – the industrial designer CHARLOTTE TALBOT is currently concentrating on enchanting ceramics.
Everything is completely handcrafted
For those who know where to look, some of Munich’s most wonderful courtyard ateliers can be discovered in the middle of the metropolis. Nestled within the city’s sought-after Glockenbach district, Charlotte Talbot’s design studio is the perfect example. Pregnant with her second child, the 32 year old product designer and ceramic artist took the time to show us where the magic is made. After four years of working with Konstantin Grcic – a rock star in the industrial design scene – the French native started her own company in 2018: Super Ceramics. Talbot is at the forefront of a new generation of designers that want to change the way we see everyday objects. Every single item in her Super Ceramics collection was completely handcrafted by her. Her production practices are sustainable and no middlemen come between Super Ceramics and its buyers.
MADAME: How did Super Ceramics come to be?
CHARLOTTE TALBOT: When I was on pregnancy leave with my first child four years ago, I had a lot more time on my hands than I’m usually used to. I’d recently won a design award sponsored by the state government and I decided to use the prize money to pay for a night course in ceramics. I was so tired of sitting at a computer the whole day and I felt – and I know this sounds naive – that working with my hands would liberate me. I’d had no real experience with clay and I was looking for a challenge. After finishing the night school, I held a mini exhibition to present the 40 cups I’d created during the course. They sold like hot cakes so I decided to found Super Ceramics in 2018.
Objects that ideally, will be passed along for generations
MADAME: Form follows function – do you agree with this design credo?
CHARLOTTE TALBOT: Although it is of course true, it’s also somewhat boring. I’m an industrial designer so I’ve been ‘programmed’ to see function as the key to a design. Having said that, I still prefer to create things that people can build a connection with. That can be because of the story behind it, the material from which it’s been made, its form or its colour. My dream is to create objects that people buy for people they care about - objects that ideally, will be passed along for generations. A lot of the treasures I’ve collected over the years go unused, despite the fact they’ve been designed to serve a purpose. They inspire me, make me smile or serve as deco in my atelier – also known as ‘my perpetual chamber of wonders’.
Zero Waste – “Rethink, refuse, re-use, recycle.”
MADAME: You strive to work without material wastage and by doing so, represent a generation of young designers that see things differently. How and when did this shift in thinking come about?
CHARLOTTE TALBOT: Back in 2017, I read an article over ‘zero waste’ that hit me like a hammer and prompted me to immediately scrutinize my ecological footprint – both at work and at home. As far as the latter is concerned, we do our best to keep our refuse to an absolute minimum, a no-brainer when you consider the climate catastrophe – the term ‘crisis’ doesn’t cut it! – we’re now in. We source locally, eat seasonally, buy second hand or new things that will last and shop at the markets on Saturday instead of at the supermarket. I apply the same zero waste principles to my design work. My credo is: ‘Rethink, refuse, re-use, recycle.’ That’s a new, radical approach in design and I enjoy working with companies that share the standpoint.
Talbot with Konstantin Grcic for Nespresso and Muji
MADAME: How many projects are you usually working on at any one time?
CHARLOTTE TALBOT: I usually have four or five projects simultaneously on the go. I still work with Konstantin Grcic on a freelance basis, doing jobs for clients such as Nespresso and Muji. In addition to being a photographer, my life partner Jonathan Mauloubier is also a product designer and we work together creating wooden toys. A great project and a wonderful example of sustainability. The wood comes from a family in Croatia that owns a small forest. When they cut down a tree, they immediately plant more. I’m also currently working on a tea set for a small company in Turkey. And…I’m working on our first daughter who should be arriving sometime late spring or early summer.
MADAME: Congratulations! Journalists have compared the unique way you see things with the character played by Audrey Tautou in the movie‚ ‘Amélie’. What do you think of the comparison?
CHARLOTTE TALBOT: I think it’s very flattering and it makes me happy. I love Amélie’s humorous nature and the extremely poetic way she sees things - an angle that acknowledges and appreciates a thing’s right to exist because of an emotional, aesthetic dimension. I see design the same way.
‘Those from the Urban Bakery in Munich-Sendling.’
Best Cosmetic Line
‘I’ve just discovered Haeckels, a sustainable, organic brand. Accordingly, they recently changed their wonderful packaging so it leaves barely any rubbish. Impressive.’
‘The ‘Muji Hotel’ in Tokyo. I love the brand and the way they succeed in unequivocally realising their expectations as far as design and human comfort factors are concerned.’
Best DIY Address
‘I can unequivocally recommend Pinterest. It’s the place for # absolutely EVERYTHING!’
Favourite Flea Market
The big annual flea market held by the Emmaus Brotherhood in Peltre, near Metz – a fabulous Abbé Pierre initiative.’
MADAME: What would you still like to create?
CHARLOTTE TALBOT: My life’s dream is simple and achievable: I definitely want to continue with my ceramics and further explore the possibilities. On top of that, we’ve just bought a place in the country. We plan on building a climate neutral house with a big garden where we can raise chickens and grow our own fruit and veggies - and just be happy. NATALIE MANCHOT