Pretty cool, huh? [laughs]. Time flies! I don’t know, right time, right place or a good gut feeling, I suppose. But so many things also just happened unexpectedly. The shop, for example. A friend told me about this space two years ago, and I knew it was literally asking to become my shop. And it worked out!
That’s what most people say, but you have to bare in mind that we live in a city. Many people order specific plants because there is less supply where they live, or because they find particular plants only online. When I went online, I got two orders within an hour. My first customers were my parents, of course [laughs]. The second was a stranger. I was like, whaaat!, someone’s giving me money so I can send them a plant!
Haha, that’s how you multiply cacti. The mother plant of this one was slightly rotten, so I had to cut off this branch. Before you can replant it, you have to let it dry. I decided the shop window was a good place for that.
Plants have become even more sculptural for me. Especially in combination with the planters. I am always looking for the right combination. That was the whole point of the shop, actually… I could not find items I felt were beautiful. I saw a gap in the market for a place selling things that were my kind of taste. But this is rather an interior design than an architecture issue.
Sure, they’re friends, they’re companions, sometimes for a lifetime. But I guess I am less emotional than I used to be, and I suppose that’s what happens to all business owners. I used to do visual merchandizing for a clothing shop, for which I had to fold garments perfectly all day long – and at home, my clothes were a mess!
But jokes aside. I still love plants and dust off all the leaves at home. It’s just that taking care of them has become part of my daily routine.
No. I just follow my gut feeling. It might be nice to visit a fair, but I’m afraid I don’t have the time! I’m at the shop every day. And once a year, I allow myself a month away from Berlin, now in February, which I spend in Athens. My husband and I agreed that we don’t just live to work. He is a writer and can work from anywhere. So we turned into digital nomads [laughs].
Wonderfully weird. People send me emails with pictures of their plants. I just received pictures with blooming Ludisias from customers who bought one last year, for instance.
That makes me so happy! It’s so personal! Some people know my name and come by to say hello when they’re in town. I often think, I have the best customers in the world, cause they’re all so nice!