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Joachim Groh

Joachim Groh

Initiator & Publisher

Can you think of an anecdote about GROH Design?
I should tell a great story about MoMA, which I always find fascinating whenever I visit, or about the Art Basel.
But for me the greatest inspiration was an exhibition of building materials in Stuttgart. Three of us went there: Lenni, Michi and myself. To show our chosen texts to advantage we looked for unique, never seen before materials. Once there we had so many ideas that we developed quite a few prototypes. That was not always easy, because the processing that was necessary to realise our ideas was outside the norm. Even after we found the right manufacturer it was a long way until we had developed the right processing technique and the first prototype was finished.

Why do you do what you do?
I love trying new things. But not just as an end in itself. For me it’s about finding new impulses and inspiration for yourself, but also giving them to others. That is not only applicable to a product. It begins within the team. It’s exciting to see what you can do and what another person can do. Growing with the challenges and tasks you face and achieving something as a team that is unique is what keeps me going.

What are your other interests?
I’m interested in behavioral science because I’m curious and I’m interested in sailing because I enjoy it. I studied Computer Science. What was interesting to me about my studies was the fact that computer science or mathematics used to be a subdiscipline of philosophy. The power of mathematics and computer science is based on philosophy. Sadly, it’s something that has been widely forgotten today. It reflects the arc of suspense that many things contain, even thought we quick to think in zeros and ones or in true or false. In contrast “both… and” or even the negation “neither… nor” aren’t concepts we think in a lot. Take data protection for example: It’s often equated with a rejection of technology, whereas for me it is “both” a technological achievement “and” it should mean freedom from being spied on by the government or powerful corporations.

Laura Strathmann

Laura Strathmann

Team Leader GROH Design

I find my inspiration everywhere – in things, situations, people – and when I see something, new ideas just come to me, whether I want them to or not. That’s why I particularly like the quote “I do not seek. I find.” Of course it’s not always as easy as it sounds. But many ideas for GROH Design really do develop because I go through life with my eyes wide open and let myseld be inspired.

Why do you do what you do?
Because I love being able to be creative and watch my projects ripen from an idea to a finished product. And because it’s an amazing feeling to hold the result in your hands and be able to say “I made that!”

What are your other interests?
Being creative – writing, sewing, knitting, doing arts & crafts and forging jewelry – the only thing that counts is that it’s handmade.

Anna Heischkamp

Anna Heischkamp

Sparring Partner

A few years ago, my brother wanted “Nothing” for Christmas. However, my sister and I wanted him to have something to unwrap beneath the Christmas tree. So we gave him a gift that contained lots of paper shavings and shredded newspapers – our interpretation of Nothing. That’s why I was immediately passionate about the World of Nothing and am looking forward to the next time someone asks for “Nothing”.

Why do you do what you do?
Because I love books and design and want to work creatively. It’s nice to have a job in which you can turn your own ideas into real products. You can hold the finished product, bring someone joy and inspiration.

What are your other interests?
Literature, cooking, baking, design, DIY, traveling, Yoga.