Belle - - Contents - Rug de­signer Jan Kath takes the floor. by Nino Haratis­chwili [9].

Rug ad­dict Jan Kath’s favourite in­dul­gences.

ARTISTS WHO ARE AN EN­DUR­ING IN­FLU­ENCE? Leonardo da Vinci [5], Ger­hard Richter [1], Christo and Jeanne-claude [7]. CON­TEM­PO­RARY ART YOU MOST AD­MIRE? Arne Quinze’s work [8] makes a strong im­pres­sion. His sculp­tures are breath­tak­ing. DO YOU COL­LECT ANY­THING? I try to live life light, without too much bal­last. I live as a mod­ern no­mad so it is dif­fi­cult to phys­i­cally han­dle too much stuff. This will change soon, hope­fully, as 25 years of trav­el­ling are enough. Then I might be able to restart my col­lec­tion of old and an­tique tex­tiles and rugs. WHAT ARE YOUR FASH­ION MUST-HAVES? Lots of sun­glasses and I am ob­sessed with shoes. I own more pairs of shoes than my part­ner Nairat, which some­times makes her think I am quite strange. FAVOURITE WATCH? This may sound cheesy and a bit main­stream, but I am in love with the Rolex Oys­ter Per­pet­ual ‘Mil­gauss’ [11]. FRA­GRANCE OF CHOICE? My choice now is Terre d’her­mès [12]. BOOKS – WHAT ARE YOU READ­ING NOW – BOTH FIC­TION AND ART/ DE­SIGN? I am read­ing Das achte Leben MU­SIC – WHAT’S ON RO­TA­TION AT OF­FICE AND HOME? Ran­dom Ac­cess Me­mories by Daft Punk [3]; Four Sea­sons by Vi­valdi; Mozart; Bach; and deep house and elec­tronic dance mu­sic. FAVOURITE FLOW­ERS? Edel­weiss. BEST DOWN­TIME PUR­SUIT? Wa­ter­ing our gar­den. ARE YOU A COF­FEE OR TEA MAN? I am def­i­nitely a cof­fee per­son. But I am also in­ter­ested in tea. I’d love to learn more about it. DO YOU EN­TER­TAIN AT HOME AND/OR WHAT IS YOUR RESTAU­RANT OF CHOICE? At home, I cook mostly quick stuff. I spend a large por­tion of my life in Asia where eat­ing out is part of the life­style. I could die for spicy food but also for care­fully pre­pared Ja­panese dishes. I eat too much, even though I am a veg­e­tar­ian. WHAT IS YOUR PRE­FERRED TIP­PLE? I am a huge G&T fan [4], more G than T, but I’m try­ing to re­duce my drink­ing in gen­eral. FILMS THAT HAVE IN­SPIRED YOU? 2001: A Space Odyssey [2], Jour­ney to the Cen­ter of the Earth. SHOPS AND ON­LINE STORES YOU FRE­QUENT? I try not to do too much on­line shop­ping but I love small, in­de­pen­dent la­bels and stores. I shop for sun­glasses at Bril­len­schnei­derei Yves in Berlin. MAG­A­ZINES YOU READ REG­U­LARLY? Wall­pa­per*, AD, IDEAT. DOES YOUR LOVE OF DE­SIGN EX­TEND TO CARS? Not re­ally. I like iconic ve­hi­cles, but I wouldn’t kill for one. Love Porsche! [6] TRAVEL – FAVOURITE REG­U­LAR HAUNTS? I have a love/hate re­la­tion­ship with Kathmandu. This city changed my life and I owe it a lot. I also love Beirut. The di­ver­sity there is just in­cred­i­ble. LIST A FEW OB­JECTS OF DE­SIRE THAT YOU WOULD BUY RIGHT NOW? We are in the process of fur­nish­ing our new home in a small jun­gle com­mu­nity in Chi­ang Mai, Thai­land, and we are des­per­ately try­ing to find a large and very comfy ham­mock. WHAT PROJECTS ARE YOU LOOK­ING FOR­WARD TO? My fo­cus is al­ways on the next few col­lec­tions [10]. It can take up to two years un­til a new line is ready to be pub­lished, which is a very ex­cit­ing process. I am work­ing on less over-de­signed stuff. Tex­tures and colour tran­si­tions will play a ma­jor role.;

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