Steffen “Hoker” Mumm, is a German artist. He lives and works in Düsseldorf and is also internationally known and active. His unique style combines a symbiosis of graffiti, calligraphy, illustration and other mediums and styles that he has experimentally explored over the years. In recent years he has put a special focus on his "heads", which have become his trademark.
Steffen is an artist who knows how to combine his passion and desire for growth with an intuitive and free approach. His artworks are a reflection of his personal development and offer viewers the opportunity to immerse themselves in a world where attention to detail and intuition are in harmony.
Together with Kiyo, Steffen Mumm has now taken on the connection between furniture and art and we have designed a limited special edition of our R1 Base Bundle: The Ho[c]ker One.
In the interview you can find out more about Steffen, his work and our collaboration.
Hello Steffen, we are very happy about the cooperation with you. Before we go into detail, could you tell us a little bit about who you are and what you do?
Naturally! I'm Steffen Mumm and we're in my studio right now. Most people know me by my stage name Hoker One.
Today we worked all day on our wonderful collaboration. Originally from the street art scene, I have evolved into calligraphy, illustration, painting and sculpture. It's very versatile what I do.
You have recently become known as an up and coming artist. When did you realize that you could turn your hobby into a full-time job?
There was no fixed moment. It was a gradual and fluid process. I already accepted jobs during my apprenticeship and at some point I realized that I could make a living from it. Then I made the switch from art service provider to artist.
Do you have a main source of inspiration for your work?
I don't have a specific main inspiration. Inspiration often comes from the process itself as I work.
I also like well-produced, high-quality, crafted things, especially in the products section.
You have already done many different projects, even with a winemaker. Now you are working with furniture for the first time. Have you turned furniture into works of art before?
This is actually a first of its kind. I used to design barrels that acted as tables, but this was different. It was also an obvious choice to make a stool because of my stage name, Hoker.
How did the collaboration with Kiyo come about and why did you decide to enter into the partnership?
We met through our mutual friend, Selim Varol, and the idea came up. I felt like it because I can work very well with you both as a person and at the same time I'm out of my comfort zone. The R1 looks very nice, and making a stool was also appealing.
How do you see the connection between art and furniture? How will your artistically designed piece of furniture look in the customer's living space?
For me, pieces of furniture also have something artistic, for me design is also art. The connection is clear as many homes contain both furniture and art, and both are the predominant elements that ultimately make a home a home.
We produced the Plexiglas Cube, which is being auctioned off for a good cause. Can you briefly explain to us what the money will be used for?
We're releasing a one-of-one Plexiglas Edition. The money will mainly be used to build schools in Tanzania. I chose the Makuyuni Cologne club because I'm involved myself and know the people. I was even there myself and saw where the money goes.
Is there anything else you would like to say in closing?
Naturally! I'm looking forward to everyone on 1.9. Come to Berliner Allee 33 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
We will present and publish the whole project. You are welcome!