Highsnobiety brought together two forward-moving entities, Götz Offergeld and B&O PLAY, for a closer look at what it means to be a master in the field of design. With one focused on fashion and the other on audio, both take classic design elements and infuse them with simplicity, aesthetics, heritage and quality. To discover the similarities between the two, we visited Offergeld at his office in Berlin-Schöneberg.
Seated in Offergeld’s Berlin-Schöneberg office, the former model handed us a pair of B&O PLAY H6 headphones before walking us through his day-to-day playlist. Although we knew not to be surprised by Offergeld’s eclectic taste, we couldn’t help but be impressed by his excellent curation of hip-hop classics and modern day essentials.
Beginning with “An Open Letter to NYC” from the Beastie Boys’ To the 5 Boroughs, the Berliner quickly reveals a soft spot for time-tested jams. “No Diggity” by Blackstreet only confirms this initial impression before “Swimsuits” by the recently-revived The Cool Kids makes its way through the headphones – the rhythm-heavy track punctuated by snare hits with the smooth bass filling in the low end. Next we’re on to some throwbacks by A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul and The Notorious B.I.G. Before we know it, we’re back to recent productions by Schoolboy Q, A$AP Rocky and Frank Ocean, reflecting Offergeld’s penchant for combining the artistic accomplishments of yesterday with the discoveries of today.
This pattern seems to continue almost to a tee and soon we’ve uncovered even more similarities between tastemaking institutions like Götz Offergeld and B&O PLAY. Both entities’ willingness to look forward without any doubt, while innovating and improving on the achievements of yesterday, is what sets them apart from the rest. The forthcoming tracks leave us with another impression, however. Namely, the conscientious inclusion of laid-back, carefree tunes and aggressive, forward-thinking political jams. Whether it’s done to balance the flow of the playlist or is simply what’s on his mind right now, it’s hard to tell. One thing’s for sure though: you know impeccable taste when you see it.
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About Götz Offergeld
Origin: Aachen, Germany
Current Residence: Berlin, Germany
Götz Offergeld entered the fashion world as a model for Giorgio Armani, Valentino, Paul Smith and Dolce & Gabanna. Later, he worked as a stylist and produced fashion stories for magazines such as The Face, Süddeutsche Zeitung Magazin, Stern and Dazed & Confused. More recently, he founded the Liebling and Fräulein magazines. Since 2013, he has been the Creative Director and Editor-in-Chief of the iconic men’s fashion magazine L’Officiel Hommes Germany.