You might have done this already a hundred times. But - shame on me - until a few weeks ago, I haven’t even heard of the concept of Pecha Kucha. I know Poetry Slams and Science Slams. I am aware of Prezi and TED Talks. I am an experienced presenter. But I have to admit that it wasn’t until last week that I delivered my first presentation Pecha Kucha style ... it worked extremely well.
How do you get five excellent, classically trained musicians to play their instruments to the rhythm of machines that produce high-quality hardwood? How do you make sure their fine instruments can be heard at all, when playing alongside rather loud machines? – And why would anybody worry about any of this?
For people in the European furniture industry a new year always begins like this: The last late New Year's Eve rockets have just burned down, the resolutions are still fresh - the bags are packed and off we go to Cologne, to the IMM (Internationale Möbelmesse) and then, usually without taking a breath, straight on to Paris for the Salon Maison et Objet.
To be honest, previous to my time at Danzer I had never been particularly interested in wood. I could barely differentiate Walnut from Maple, let alone real veneer from fake one and I had no idea what the difference between hardwood and softwood was.
You may ask yourself why on earth I chose to do an internship at Danzer.
The well-known American sociologist Richard Sennett says that quality in a product is created through actions and attitude. A few weeks ago I got the chance to experience those factors that define the quality of Danzer products as an apprentice with master Rietschel.