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Markus Lupfer on the Creative Names and Cool Places to Know

The London-based designer known for his playful logo knits shares the creative names, places and projects he’s into now.
Markus Lupfer

Yes, Lupfer is as genial as he looks

ON HIS READING LIST “I enjoy suspense thrillers and just finished Ben Macintyre’s A Spy Among Friends, based on a true story about an MI6 agent who turned out to be a Russian mole. Another book I read recently is Paula Hawkins’ The Girl on the Train, which was so gripping I couldn’t put it down.”


Markus Lupfer

Mickey gets the signature Markus Lupfer treatment: sequinned on knits

LATEST COLLABORATION “A capsule collection with The Walt Disney Company, which went into its archives and got me some of the first-ever drawings of Mickey Mouse to put onto knit sweaters and T-shirts (launched exclusively at Club 21b last month, prices range from $260 to $690).”


Jeff Koons

‘Balloon Dog’ (1996-2000) by Jeff Koons. The 3-metre high structure, made of stainless steel, stands in the Wohl Central Hall in the Royal Academy of Arts in London

FAVOURITE ARTIST “The New York-based Jeff Koons. His larger-than-life metallic sculptures (of banal, everyday objects) are simple, but I love how he plays with proportions to turn them into eye-catching works of art.”



Street art by Ben Eine in the East End of London is an ever changing visual enigma, as the artworks constantly change

RECENT DESIGN INVESTMENT “A painting by British street artist Ben Eine, who started out by spray-painting huge alphabets on metal store shutters in London. His type of art isn’t abstract, and I like how bold his graphics are.”


INSTAGRAM ACCOUNT HE STALKS “@Symmetrybreakfast – the London-based couple post stylish, modern and symmetrical images of what they eat every morning. Every photo is conceptualised as a mirror image of what’s on the table, from the food to the plates used.”



Perfect party outfit, rabbit not included

PARTY RECOMMENDATION “Head to the Dalston district in north-east London, which is half an hour away from the city centre by taxi. The crowd there is young and hip, and there are always new pubs and clubs to check out.”

MOST INSPIRING CITY “London, because it’s so creative – people are always trying new things, accepting of change, and unafraid to challenge norms (and that’s reflected in our fashion, art and design scenes).”

This feature first appeared in Female‘s August issue, out on newsstands now.

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