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12.12.2012

 

GoSee KIEZ : Julia Kallmeyer, senior AB and TV Producer at Saatchi & Saatchi Switzerland - the passionate art buyer on inspiration and Swiss hospitality

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SWISSCOM - Together for Switzerland

Director: Stephan Usteri
DOP: Fabian Weber
Advertising Agency: Saatchi & Saatchi Zurich

GoSee was pleased to meet Julia Kallmeyer in her new adopted home of Zurich. The experienced senior art buyer at Saatchi & Saatchi Frankfurt recently moved to the advertising agency’s Zurich office and is responsible for art buying and film, radio and TV there. She works with a fun team that speaks German, Swiss German, French and English, in an office at the foot of beautiful Uetliberg.

How did it come to this? She replies: ‘since April 2001 I’ve been with Saatchi & Saatchi, first in the art buying department, then film, radio and TV and later in both. In the summer of 2011 I flew from Frankfurt to Switzerland for a short meeting on a Monday; I was supposed to go in the morning and come back in the evening, but instead I stayed for the rest of the week. And then for another six months. I have to say that my Swiss colleagues made me feel extremely welcome.’

A daily language course is naturally part of her daily life at the agency; she has to learn a lot of new vocabulary but Julia demonstrated that she picked up quite a few Swiss German phrases already.

But 12 years of art buying and 12 years at Saatchi & Saatchi – doesn’t that get a little bit boring? Her reply to our tentative question: ‘that’s the great thing about my job - it never gets boring. At Saatchi I changed from photo to film and film, radio and TV is a completely different area of expertise with different challenges anyway. I am able to cater to both roles here in Zurich and express myself through my work. Generally a great eye for detail and thorough knowledge of the trade are very important to me. I love my profession because I can use everything I see and anything that inspires me and interpret it for my job.

TV producing requires a lot of organisation, while photography and illustration are much more direct and maybe even a little more soulful. I’m thinking of the illustrator White Deer, when I see her drawings of girls or animals and how artfully she draws hair – that’s what I mean when I say soulful.’

Julia continues: ‘I just discovered photographer Sean Lee from Singapore, whose work really touched me.’ FYI: Sean uses photography as a tool to reunite his parents. He continuously photographed them in front of a grey wall in his room and thus created increasingly more intimate portraits. His work has already won many awards and prizes.

Julia on Sean: ‘it was crazy when I talked to him on Skype about a job opportunity and he asked if he should get his parents to join us. Suddenly I was sitting there with him and his parents who I only knew from the photographs.’

The journalists in us couldn’t help but ask if there was anyone else who inspired her. Kyle Bean was her spontaneous response. ‘The set designer from London works in a very graphic and organised way. His series of faces, which he constructed out of pencil shavings is simply beautiful. It’s the idea that counts plus the quality of the actual, physical execution – which by no means has to be complicated or difficult.

This also reminds me of Jan von Holleben’s photography: simple ideas, great execution. His installations with kids make me think of my two nephews and no matter how many times I see them they always make me laugh…

We’ve also just created a ‘face’ here at Saatchi & Saatchi. We constructed a face out of old mobile phones for SWISSCOM Mobile Aid. It was a great feeling to be on set and seeing our idea come to life.’

And what kind of photography is up on Julia’s walls? ‘I can’t really decide what to put up on my walls because I’m surrounded by photography all day. I prefer art in form of every day utility objects.’ She even has a Christmas recommendation for our GoSee readers: CHILD'S OWN STUDIO handmade fabric dolls made from children’s drawings – we love!

Her ideal going-out outfit? ‘The great ‘80s glam leggings by Black Milk Clothing.... It’s not true that men hate leggings. I also love the label Leigh & Luca and own a few of their scarves.’

And nightlife in general? ‘I’m just getting to know the nightlife in Zurich and am learning to love it. Though I have to say my favourite DJ is still Julian Smith from Frankfurt, he makes me dance all night. He is the kind of DJ that just radiates joy and creates a great atmosphere. It’s legendary when he plays the ‘Ghostbusters’ theme tune for the packed dance floor. Maybe I’ll just have to convince him to spin some records here sometime.’

But back to Zurich. As she doesn’t just understand the language but also knows what Swiss people like to eat, she recommends her favourite restaurant EICHHÖRNLI. She buys groceries at MARKTHALLE and clothes at JELMOLI. The UETLI Mountain is in close proximity to the agency and perfect for a nice walk and she goes to the bistro bar CLOUDS for the best view over the city. She also recommends the RIGI Mountain for a nice excursion. She brought back lots of photographs from her trips to the countryside, which we are pleased to present here on GoSee.

What’s next? On the top of her to-do list is a knitting course at the SENIOR DESIGN FACTORY. Designers Debora Biffi and Benjamin Moser’s ‘Senior Design Factory’ project bridges the generational gap. The older generation teaches while the younger one pays and learns. Makes sense. They are planning on opening another shop in Zurich soon.

JULIA KALLMEYER ... inspiration ... Sean Lee

JULIA KALLMEYER ... inspiration ... Sean Lee

JULIA KALLMEYER ... inspiration ... Sean Lee

JULIA KALLMEYER ... inspiration ... Sean Lee

JULIA KALLMEYER ... inspiration ... Sean Lee

JULIA KALLMEYER ... inspiration ... Sean Lee

JULIA KALLMEYER ... inspiration ... Sean Lee

JULIA KALLMEYER ... inspiration ... Sean Lee

JULIA KALLMEYER ... inspiration ... Kyle Bean

JULIA KALLMEYER ... inspiration ... Kyle Bean

JULIA KALLMEYER ... inspiration ... Kyle Bean

JULIA KALLMEYER ... inspiration ... Kyle Bean

JULIA KALLMEYER ... inspiration ... Kyle Bean

JULIA KALLMEYER ... inspiration ... Kyle Bean

JULIA KALLMEYER ... inspiration ... Kyle Bean

JULIA KALLMEYER ... inspiration ... Kyle Bean

JULIA KALLMEYER ... inspiration ... Jan von Holleben

JULIA KALLMEYER ... inspiration ... Jan von Holleben

JULIA KALLMEYER ... inspiration ... Jan von Holleben

JULIA KALLMEYER ... inspiration ... Jan von Holleben

JULIA KALLMEYER ... inspiration ... The White Deer

JULIA KALLMEYER ... inspiration ... The White Deer

JULIA KALLMEYER ... inspiration ... The White Deer

JULIA KALLMEYER ... inspiration ... The White Deer

JULIA KALLMEYER ... inspiration ... Child's Own Studio

JULIA KALLMEYER ... inspiration ... Child's Own Studio

JULIA KALLMEYER ... inspiration ... Child's Own Studio

JULIA KALLMEYER ... inspiration ... Child's Own Studio

JULIA KALLMEYER ... inspiration ... Child's Own Studio

JULIA KALLMEYER ... inspiration ... Child's Own Studio

JULIA KALLMEYER ... inspiration ... Black Milk Clothing

JULIA KALLMEYER ... inspiration ... Black Milk Clothing

JULIA KALLMEYER ... inspiration ... Black Milk Clothing

JULIA KALLMEYER ... inspiration ... Black Milk Clothing

JULIA KALLMEYER ... inspiration ... Leigh & Luca

JULIA KALLMEYER ... inspiration ... Leigh & Luca

JULIA KALLMEYER ... inspiration ... Leigh & Luca

JULIA KALLMEYER ... inspiration ... Leigh & Luca

JULIA KALLMEYER ... inspiration ... Leigh & Luca

JULIA KALLMEYER ... inspiration ... Leigh & Luca

JULIA KALLMEYER ... inspiration ... Black Milk Clothing

JULIA KALLMEYER ... inspiration ... Black Milk Clothing

JULIA KALLMEYER ... loves .. CLOUDS Bistro Bar

JULIA KALLMEYER ... loves .. CLOUDS Bistro Bar

JULIA KALLMEYER ... loves .. Uetliberg

JULIA KALLMEYER ... loves .. Uetliberg

JULIA KALLMEYER ... loves .. Uetliberg

JULIA KALLMEYER ... loves .. Uetliberg

JULIA KALLMEYER ... loves .. Restaurant Eichhörnli

JULIA KALLMEYER ... loves .. Restaurant Eichhörnli

JULIA KALLMEYER ... loves .. Restaurant Eichhörnli

JULIA KALLMEYER ... loves .. Restaurant Eichhörnli

JULIA KALLMEYER ... loves ... VIADUKT

JULIA KALLMEYER ... loves ... VIADUKT

JULIA KALLMEYER ... loves ... VIADUKT

JULIA KALLMEYER ... loves ... VIADUKT

JULIA KALLMEYER ... loves ... VIADUKT

JULIA KALLMEYER ... loves ... VIADUKT

JULIA KALLMEYER

JULIA KALLMEYER

JULIA KALLMEYER

JULIA KALLMEYER

JULIA KALLMEYER ... loves ... SENIOR DESIGN FACTORY

JULIA KALLMEYER ... loves ... SENIOR DESIGN FACTORY

JULIA KALLMEYER ... loves ... SENIOR DESIGN FACTORY

JULIA KALLMEYER ... loves ... SENIOR DESIGN FACTORY

JULIA KALLMEYER ... Switzerland

JULIA KALLMEYER ... Switzerland

JULIA KALLMEYER

JULIA KALLMEYER

JULIA KALLMEYER

JULIA KALLMEYER

JULIA KALLMEYER ... Switzerland

JULIA KALLMEYER ... Switzerland

JULIA KALLMEYER ... Switzerland

JULIA KALLMEYER ... Switzerland

JULIA KALLMEYER ... Switzerland

JULIA KALLMEYER ... Switzerland

JULIA KALLMEYER ... Switzerland

JULIA KALLMEYER ... Switzerland

JULIA KALLMEYER ... Switzerland

JULIA KALLMEYER ... Switzerland

JULIA KALLMEYER ... Switzerland

JULIA KALLMEYER ... Switzerland

JULIA KALLMEYER ... Switzerland

JULIA KALLMEYER ... Switzerland

JULIA KALLMEYER ... Switzerland

JULIA KALLMEYER ... Switzerland

JULIA KALLMEYER ... Switzerland

JULIA KALLMEYER ... Switzerland

JULIA KALLMEYER ... Switzerland

JULIA KALLMEYER ... Switzerland

JULIA KALLMEYER ... Switzerland

JULIA KALLMEYER ... Switzerland

JULIA KALLMEYER ... Switzerland

JULIA KALLMEYER ... Switzerland

JULIA KALLMEYER ... Switzerland

JULIA KALLMEYER ... Switzerland

JULIA KALLMEYER ... Switzerland

JULIA KALLMEYER ... Switzerland

JULIA KALLMEYER ... Switzerland

JULIA KALLMEYER ... Switzerland

JULIA KALLMEYER ... Switzerland

JULIA KALLMEYER ... Switzerland

JULIA KALLMEYER ... Switzerland

JULIA KALLMEYER ... Switzerland

JULIA KALLMEYER ... Switzerland

JULIA KALLMEYER ... Switzerland

JULIA KALLMEYER ... Switzerland

JULIA KALLMEYER ... Switzerland

JULIA KALLMEYER ... Switzerland

JULIA KALLMEYER ... Switzerland

JULIA KALLMEYER ... Switzerland

JULIA KALLMEYER ... Switzerland

JULIA KALLMEYER ... Switzerland

JULIA KALLMEYER ... Switzerland