Every day has gone smoothly since my daughter Zóra was born eight years ago. We wake up at 6.30 and start our day with breakfast together, before walking or taking the bus to the school nearby. Then I either take the tram to Gellért Square on my university days, or come to the office.
It’s wide-ranging. My favourite from my youth is Patti Smith. The first time I was allowed to the West, to France, I went shopping and bought some albums.
I find the latest Rammstein album (Liebe ist für alle da, 2009) incredibly interesting too. Their music is a really unique mixture. I never listened to that kind of heavy music in the past, but this is a fusion of many genres, including a mediaeval choir.
My current favourite is a memoir by Patti Smith (Just Kids), which I got for my birthday. As I mentioned, she was a great favourite of mine back in the eighties. I’d also mention The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury, which I read in the summer. It was a really interesting read.
The Croatian village of Viganj on the Pelješac Peninsula, which is famous for its wines. And opposite, at a distance of about 2.5 kilometres, there’s the island of Korčula. The wind blows there all the time, so it’s really popular among surfers.
Cooking at home on regular days, and restaurants when travelling or on special occasions.
Strangely I rarely read the print editions of magazines. I prefer following them online.
One of my shirts. It’s white with a blue floral pattern. It’s made of an incredibly fine material. It’s a mystery what it is.
Oh, yes. There are a lot. In fact, too many. For example, I don’t like clothes with visible brand labels.
At present, there are the three of us working together. We usually make the initial sketches together, and then the best draft will be developed further. Our cooperation is really fruitful, I think.
With Lajos Parti Nagy [a Hungarian writer], for example.
First of all, the Catalan architect Santiago Calatrava. Then, I could list my masters: István Janáki, Gábor Turányi and Imre Makovecz. There were many others who shaped my views and showed me the right direction. And I should also mention Tamás Nagy (architect and head of the Institute of Architecture at MOME, Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design, Budapest), and Dezső Ekler.
A century ago it was natural for every young artist and architect to travel the world. That was an inseparable part of preparing for life. Then they would return home and found their own business, workshop or office. So I recommend that young people learn at least one foreign language, or even better two, very well, and keep an eye out for opportunities to see the world. They should travel around and work in different countries, and then bring home all the knowledge and experience they have gathered.
Yes, I do, either because of the customer or because the circumstances made it impossible. Unfortunately, there has been more than one such case.