Made in Munich: Conor Trawinksi
Der gebürtige Ire, Co-Designer und Social Entrepreneur, Conor Trawinski, studierte u.a. Möbeldesign und absolvierte ein Studium an der international renommierten Design Academy in Eindhoven cum Laude.
Für sein Abschlussprojekt WeCollaborate – ein Konzept, das Menschen mit verschiedenen Hintergründen dabei unterstützt, neue Projekte und Geschäftsideen auf die Beine zu stellen – erhielt Conor Trawinski den Connectors Award. Seit seinem Abschluss ist viel passiert: Conor ist Mitbegründer des Social Design Lab Corner Spot – ein kollaborativer Zusammenschluss, der zusammen mit lokalen Organisationen und der Gemeinde sozial engagierte Projekte realisiert und über die Kreierung von Netzwerken soziale Innovationen vor Ort zugänglich macht –, er gründete das Kommunikationsdesignbüro Studio Mashed sowie das soziale Unternehmen Uit de Buurtfabriek (Neighbourhood Furniture Factory). Als Co-Designer steht Trawinski für die Vision des partizipativen Zusammenarbeitens mit unterschiedlichen Menschen, die aktiv in alle Projektprozesse integriert werden.
Seine Installation Design Build Toolkit, die er für die Halle der PLATFORM realisiert hat, ist ein Projekt, das in Zusammenarbeit mit der Hans-Sauer-Stiftung entstanden ist. Seit 2016 lebt und arbeitet er in München.
1. Du bist nach dem Studium nach München gezogen. Was ist dir als „Zugereister“ an der Stadt als erstes aufgefallen?
Rent is not cheap! I know… I am stating the obvious. There is a lot of support for entrepreneurial startups in Munich however support in the creative sector is limited in compared to other cities I have lived in and visited in Germany and Holland. I guess the high rent has something to do with that. For a city the size of Munich it is hard for creatives to establish themselves due to higher overhead costs, however due to the nature of the city and the fact there is so much big industry around I think there are a lot of possibilities here, once you can get a foothold.
2. Beruflich bist Du viel zwischen Eindhoven und München unterwegs. Worauf freust Du dich am meisten, wenn Du wieder nach München kommst?
Since I moved to Munich I guess I have been back to Eindhoven roughly once a month. In honesty one of the main things that I look forward to in coming back to in Munich is what is outside the city. As someone who grew up next to the Atlantic Ocean in the countryside on the West coast of Ireland, Munich’s proximity to the mountains and nature is something I value greatly.
3. Du arbeitest gerade an einer Installation für die PLATFORM: Warum ist gerade die Zusammenarbeit mit der PLATFORM interessant für Dich?
I like working between the borders of design, society and business, and collaboration like this allows me to show that. 90% of the material we used for the Design Build Toolkit can be reused again. I do not like the idea of creating waste for a temporary project. The installation itself was built together with refugees who live here in Obersendling. I believe that anyone who wants to take part in our society should have a possibility to do so. The toolkit itself can be applied to any context from a temporary event space like this one, to a teambuilding day for company. As PLATFORM shares similar vision it seems like the perfect collabroation.
Installation Design Build Toolkit in der PLATFORM
4. Kennst Du in Irland, deinem Herkunftsland, ähnliche Projekte?
I am not so well connected to the creative scene in Ireland as I spent pretty much all of my design career in Eindhoven. In Eindhoven I can name a couple of similar projects/organisations which create spaces and opportunities for creatives such Stichting Atelierdorp, Collaboration-O, The Dutch Invertuals and Sectie C. All of which do something similar, but non of which you could say are exactly the same.
5. Für was braucht es Plattformen?
In my eyes a platform is a launch pad for individuals, and a place to connect for communities. I also like how the guys at www.platformdesigntoolkit.com describe it: “Platforms help companies and organization leverage the power of ecosystems to grow and reach outstanding results that cannot be reached independently.”
6. Was bietet München, was andere Städte nicht haben?
Munich is a large city which feels a bit like a village, and it has the benefits of both. It is full the possibilities an international city has to offer while at the same time you can be in unspoiled nature within an hour.
7. Welche Kooperationen in München waren bisher besonders wichtig für Dich und warum?
I have been working a lot with the Hans Sauer Stiftung and Ouishare Munich since I arrived. The Hans Sauer Stiftung has brought me in contact with a lot of Social Design projects here in the city such as werkraum. Werkraum is a wood workshop which builds furniture together with refugees. It is some the refugees from project which helped me to create this event space. Ouishare Munich is also a very inspiring organisation which works on the topics of collaborative city, collaborative economy and collaborative organisations. With them I have been working on some interesting projects and events, one of which will take place on the topic of collaborative organisations at the PLATFORM at 19:00 on the 9th of March
8. Wo siehst Du für München noch Entwicklungspotenzial?
I think the creative sector needs to be taken more seriously and the city needs to give more room for young creative professionals to grow and develop. Not everything people develop needs to be a tech based startup! I believe there should be more funding open to cultural projects and projects with a strong social impact. I think a lot can be learned from how Eindhoven has stimulated their design sector and creative sector.
9. Welche Frage sollten sich Menschen, die in der Kreativbranche arbeiten, mindestens einmal gestellt haben?
I hope more creatives can continue doing the work the were born to do but sometimes this means making concessions with your personal vision so you can live in financially viable situation. So here is my question: How do I turn my skills and knowledge into a concrete service which companies and/or organisation need so that I earn enough money doing the thing I am passionate about?
10.Was ist deine persönliche Vision für die Zukunft?
Woww… that is an easy question to finish on!!! Let me think… Well… from a carriers perspective I would like to find a way in the next year or so that I can work for profit 50% of the time and for society the other 50%… both of which should be driven by passion! I am not sure if this will look like 20 hours a week on each or 6 months a year on each. Besides work there is of course my personal life. I am getting married in the summer so soon a family is something to think about. I am also a vipassana meditator so I need to find time for that. Time in the mountains and nature is also important. Ya! So there is a lot. In short I hope I can find the balance between the various different parts of my life which am passionate about!
Fotos: Conor Trawinski