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Posted on Feb 1 2016
GUNEE Homme_ladiesngents-Eugen 
Laitenberger
GUNEE Homme_ladiesngents-Eugen 
Laitenberger




GUNEE Homme_ladiesngents-Eugen Laitenberger




GUNEE Homme_ladiesngents-Eugen Laitenberger




GUNEE Homme_ladiesngents-Eugen Laitenberger

M o u n t a i n  T r i p  C o l l e c t i o n



You have shown two collections, already. How did the thought process and your work method evolve
between the first and the second one? 

The approach of the first and the second collection was totally different.
The first collection was originally created, because I just wanted to make a photo project. I planed to make six different pattern, with six different colours, that should show my handmade-illustration-style best. At that time I did not know that GUNEE Homme would be the result of that photo project.
The thoughts for the second collection were more target-oriented.
All the patterns are pieces of a coherent story and not just loose fragments. Also the colours are more synchronised. If you would compare GUNEE Homme with a music album, then the first collection would be the prelude or the introtrack of that album. The second collection would be the first closed track with its own complete story.





GUNEE Homme_ladiesngents-Eugen Laitenberger




GUNEE Homme_ladiesngents-Eugen Laitenberger




What is the motivation behind each new project; is it a sudden inspiration or is it an inner
need that propels you to make a statement?

The motivation for each new project and each new collection is different. Sometimes it can be a sudden inspiration, that creates a whole collection.
And sometimes it can be a conflict or a chain of thought, that I would like to give a face to, in the form of a pattern sequence. In some works I hide small messages, in others I don't. It's different, every time.





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GUNEE Homme_ladiesngents-Eugen Laitenberger

P r e l u d e  C o l l e c t i o n  /  C a m p a i g n




Which factors would you name as the ones that have most shaped your aesthetic sensibilities?
When I was younger I watched a lot of japanese animation films. I think they had the most influence on me during my childhood.
Later, at the age of 16, the problems of growing up and the music I listened to during that time had a big impact on me. Music in general has the most impact on my work. It can wake up emotions and memories. Music shapes my aesthetic sensibilities, because it is abstract and sometimes I try to give it a visual form through my work. I'm like a visual transformer for it. Music is like a box of different coloured plasticine for me and my challenge is to make a comprehensive form out of it.





GUNEE Homme_ladiesngents-Eugen Laitenberger




GUNEE Homme_ladiesngents-Eugen Laitenberger




Do you have any idées fixes,  regarding the content or your method of work? 
I do not have idées fixes regarding the content of my work, but I do have them when it comes to my method of work. I think it's very important for me, not to think consciously during a work process. You can reflect your work after you've done it, but not in the meantime.
For me, design is a process of feeling and not a process of thinking.





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Can you recall an outfit or a garment of yours that has played a significant role in some moment in your life?
No, not for the moment.





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GUNEE Homme_ladiesngents-Eugen Laitenberger




The presentation of your collections is a sort of artwork in itself. Do you decide on the presentation while working on a collection, or is it something you start planning only after you have realised your designs?
Normally everything is made by myself. The skeletal structure of GUNEE Homme - the corporate design - is made by myself. When I start with a new collection and create new pattern, I'm not in communication with anyone during that time. The basic concept, the idea and everything around it is done by myself, too.
The campaign and the presentation of the collection is the only moment where I take a step to the side.
I entrusted the visual language of the campaign to my photographer. I have worked for a long time with Studio Peripetie and I trust her work 100%.
I gave her the input, the inspiration and the idea behind the collection and she transformed it through her own view. She has a strong visual language and I love to work with her, because her view of things gives my work a new facet.





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Would you share with us the main characteristics of your collection 02. Mountain Trip?
The new collection arose from the inspiration of two pictures: "Wanderer above the Sea of Fog" (1818) by Caspar David Friedrich, and my illustration "Cube Cat".
The latter features two cats on the bottom and two mountains in the background, behind them. I imagined climbing this mountains and wondered what it would look like once you got to the top and you were exposed to the sublime surroundings and the landscapes.
That's how I came up with the name of the collection - "02. Mountain Trip". With this collection I therefore created the structure and the layer of that landscape.
I also transformed the mountain from my illustration "Cube Cat" into a pattern for my "Mountain Peak" shirt.





GUNEE Homme_ladiesngents-Eugen Laitenberger




GUNEE Homme_ladiesngents-Eugen Laitenberger




What would be a major and welcome professional challenge at this stage in your life?
At the moment, GUNEE Homme is producing shirts and bow ties. A welcome professional challenge at this stage would be the expansion of the product range. I have many ideas and actually start to work on them, but I think it's important to finish the work on one piece, before starting to work on another. I'm a real perfectionist. And as long as I'm not finished and happy with the quality of a piece or product, I can't start to work on another one.





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