Annette & Herbert Kopp about corona times
For over three decades now, art and fashion fan Herbert Kopp has been designing unique and timeless jewellery for CADA (Creativity, Art, Design and Anarchy). Located adjacent Schumann's Barin the heart of Munich, Herbert Kopp co-founded the company with his wife Annette – a qualified silversmith – in 1986. In addition to CADA’s more contemporary collections, some of their current oversize rings and bracelets are new interpretations of the must-have jewellery that was so prevalent during ‘80s and ‘90s as the company was gaining its feet.
Art plays a major role in the lives of this married couple – and this becomes immediately apparent when perusing the special jewellery editions that result from collaborations with fellow artists such as Jonathan Meese, Andy Hope and Aaron Curry. With the Corona Crisis in full swing, the Kopps are – like so many of us – missing the company of their good friends. As part of our quick interview series, we caught up with the couple to find out how each is coping.
MADAME: How have you been spending your time in isolation?
Annette Kopp: In my cosy armchair, reading, reading, reading and then reading some more! This is interrupted by a handstand every now and then to get the blood running back into my head. Ironically, the book I’m reading at the moment is ‘Pale Rider: The Spanish Flu of 1918 and How it Changed the World’ by Laura Spinney. The parallels within are quite uncanny.
Herbert Kopp: I’ve been using the time to catch up on some sleep. I then indulge in a cosy breakfast, clean up our apartment and call friends on the phone. My life is currently quite boring and very relaxing.
M: What are you missing the most?
A.K.: Aside from our great customers and staff, I’m really missing ‘Shumann’s Bar’. The lunches, a sundowner in the evening and the whole crew there!
H.K.: Direct contact with friends. Relaxing in the café. Not being able to travel is also a real downer! Pretty well the same things that a lot of people are currently missing.
M: What effect has the Corona Crisis had on your work?
A.K.: I’m currently going about things a little slower, while paying more attention and with more contemplation. It’s actually quite refreshing.
H.K.: I’ve been toying with a few ideas and designs, but I have to admit that the situation has robbed me of some drive. The world has ground to a halt and it would seem that I’ve stopped with it.
M: Any surprises thus far?
A.K.: How empty a metropolis like Munich can become.
H.K.: I’m still waiting to be surprised. I’m hoping it’s going to come when things get back to normal.
M: Is there anything you won’t be taking for granted once this crisis is over?
A.K.: The ability to simply hug someone when I feel like it. This ‘social distancing’ really goes against my nature.
H.K.: While it seems we’ll be refraining from hugging in the foreseeable future, I know there’ll come a time soon when we shake each other’s hands and hug one another again. Closeness is important – we all need it.