Lena and Kevin’s thoughtful endeavours have already been blossoming, with their platform Collide24 (C24) taking the design world by storm. Having founded C24 whilst still studying, the pair sought to showcase the significance of collaboration, and have since interviewed a remarkable range of contemporary, progressive and ground-breaking creatives – ranging from typographic magazines to CGI explorations of the human form.
Alongside this, Lena and Kevin have their own individual and collective practices, the latter recently made official under their new studio, softcover. Both parties explore a tentative line between the past and the present, marking an exciting new distinction of design, art, discussion and creation. Perhaps above all, however, what Lena and Kevin typify is the future of design, the future of collaborative working, and the future of artistic alliance. A practice and partnership that is unafraid to have an emotive, questioning foundation, and is all the stronger for it.
Hey, you two! How are you doing?
Hey guys, we’re excited for this interview, so thanks again for having us!
You’ve worked together on a tremendous amount of projects, how did your working relationship start?
It all started when we both met in Mannheim at the Captcha Design Festival, where we participated in a super interesting workshop with the amazing Jonathan Castro. A few months after that, we both decided to move to Berlin, interning and freelancing at different places. As we have many overlapping interests, we started to collaborate on personal projects together, which led us to founding the platform C24 as a way to channel our ideas and visions. This year, we finally founded our own studio, softcover, and share a space together with our friend Florian from Present Books.