Florian Clemens Meier

Florian Clemens Meier is an artist living and working in Germany. A big part of his artistic practice consists of collecting materials. He creates semi-functional objects that open up new contexts and reflect the use of resources.

If you had access to all the powers, how would you improve the world?
Maybe power itself is the problem.

What are the biggest sustainability challenges in your work and how are you addressing them?
I guess electricity usage is the main sustainability challenge. I try to do as much as possible with hand tools. But ultimately there is always some electricity usage, even if it’s just the light in my studio.

Which conscious lifestyle choices are you making and are you considering any new ones?
I don’t have a car and use my bike or trains to get around. I also repair a lot, try to buy organic, fair, long lasting or second hand things.

What have you rebelled against in the past and what are you rebelling against now?
I don’t really see myself as a rebel. But I have an intellectual interest in undermining the establishment.

Do you need to be a rebel to enjoy your work?

Do you use your own work?
Yes, everyday. I have a bunch of pieces I made for myself. For example a bunch of spoons, vases, candle holders, and some jewellery pieces I frequently wear.

Do you think tableware can still be improved? If yes, in what way?
I think from a functional aspect I don’t really care if it can be improved. The basic tableware is good enough. But from different perspectives I think there is definitely room for development in new and different ways.

What was the inspiration for your Steinbeisser pieces?
There were multiple factors. One was a seminar at my school and also the IPCC report from 2022 which addressed adaptation in response to the ongoing climatic changes. These two were starting points for me to dig deeper into the whole topic of sustainable food and adaptation, and also potential dystopian futures.

Describe your work in 3 words!
Rough. Dangerous. Cute.

What kind of materials do you use and where do you get them from?
Collected, found and recycled. Basically all my materials are found. From family household, flea markets, antique stores, streets, beaches, mountains. I always keep my eyes open for materials.

What has been your favourite dinner experience?
I always acquire new ones, but my most recent favourite was my last birthday. I had 9 friends over and a longtime friend and chef made pizza while we were sitting around a table with candle light.

What excites you about tomorrow?
The possibilities.