Pepa and Michael are a Mexican-German nomad couple who have lived in too many places and almost felt at home (London, Berlin, Barcelona, Frankfurt, New York and now Mexico City) in order not to doubt that somewhere finally will be home.
Pepa studied architecture at the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City and finished her academic career at the Architectural Association in London, where she also taught summer class. She went on to work at Zaha Hadid Architects, London. Before founding Feltum she joined forces with Michael in the restoration of architecturally sensitive buildings from the modernist period in Germany.
Michael started studying architecture at the Technical University of Darmstadt before being convinced that it was a better idea to study finance in New York. After 15 years in money management on Wall Street he managed to get back to his original path, studying architecture at London Metropolitan University during which period he got to know Pepa. Both practiced the redevelopment of historically important buildings in Germany before launching Feltum.
Good health or money do not necessarily cause happiness, because we get used to them, but the absence of either can make us intensely unhappy and insecure. It is similar with our environments. Everybody gets dragged down in soul-less places and this is why we create environments that correspond to our personalities – real or desired – in which we can thrive or at the very least that do not hold us back. Design matters, because in its absence, we suffer.
We are convinced that theories and concepts come and go. As an alternative, we opt for personal experience, solid rules of thumb and empirical knowledge when making decisions or designing.
We feel that a good product is preferable to its discourse about it.
We are sceptical of almost all forms of experts, such as art critics, finanical advisors, economists or even medical doctors. We stay informed as best as we can, but at the end of the day we take our own decisions.
We think that almost everything important has been said, but since nobody was listening, it has to be said again. That is why the eternal search for the original new idea is not all that important to us.
Most projects take much longer than you expect. Be patient.
Favourite places: Watching dolphins swim by the house in Punta Perula. The chapel garden in San Angel. Tiergarten in October when the leaves turn red. Brunch at the Noho Star.
Drinks: German liquors especially 47 Monkeys Gin, Slyrs Whiskey and the wines from Palatinate (in our opinion the most innovative wine region in Europe).
Artist: Gerhard Richter
Architect: Peter Zumthor
Contemporary writer: Haruki Murakami
Most influential thinker: Joseph Campbell