For those of you who enjoy the suggestions in our newsletter ‘5 Scandinavian Things To Do In Berlin‘, we’ve started a new idea. Instead of just cozy cafés and delightful Nordic concerts, we also want to show you Scandinavian people in Berlin. This time we’re thrilled to chat with Sandra Juto, a Swedish designer settled in the capital. We already did a short introduction to Sandra in our latest newsletter, where we’re giving away a handmade illustration of your choice! You still have time to enter, so sign up here for more info. Then come right back to read Sandra’s answers from when we interviewed her recently:
1. We know 3 facts about you; 1. You’re a designer 2. You’re Swedish 3. You live in Berlin. What should be the 4th?
I love to walk. I can easily walk 20 kilometers or more in one day if I have the time. Berlin is great for people who love to walk, the city doesn’t end until after you’ve decided to go back home and rest your feet.
2. What’s the 1 place in Berlin that you try to avoid & why?
Alexa (shopping mall at Alexanderplatz)! I call it hell on earth. I sometimes take a walk through it just to remind myself of what I don’t want in my life.
3. Do you have any rituals in your work process that ensure you’re always inspired or motivated?
I start my day with taking a walk including coffee in Friedrichshain or Kreuzberg, so let’s call that a pre-work ritual to get me started. As a creative person I’m not sure you can _always_ feel inspired and/or motivated. The days when I am feeling less motivated I simply place my butt on the chair and start doing things; it usually leads me in a direction that gives me more energy. If that doesn’t work I take another walk to see new things, there is always a new sign, or shop, or café, or piece of street art to look at and for me that’s very important: changes. I believe that’s partly what brought me to Berlin.
4. What was the last song you listened to and loved?
Mattias Alkberg. He always makes new things and writes the most amazing lyrics.
6. Can you take 1 picture of something that reminds you of home.
“Home” to me means the place where I live and that is Berlin since a few years. You find thousands of those pictures on my instagram feed.
7. Buttcrack’s a sweet name, where did it come from?
I wanted to make it simple for people to become curious about turning the dolls around and seeing the buttcrack – it has so far made everyone smile. The dolls don’t have any hands to pull up their trousers with and no arms to hug with, poor fellows.
8. Have you ever sustained a knitting injury?
No luckily not.
9. What 3 things do you require to be a designer in Berlin?
Self-discipline, stubbornness & an open mind. Not sure if that is specific for working as a designer in Berlin though :)
10. What’s the best thing that’s happened to you today?
Waking up! It’s Monday and I love Mondays – I’m crazy about the beginning of new things; weeks, projects, seasons, friendships etc.