Books, bed and ballet – Angelika Taschen on things that comfort her

Angelika, the daughter of two booksellers, not only grew up surrounded by books, but also with the dream of becoming a classical ballet dancer. When her height made a successful dancing career impossible, she decided to follow her other passion – and in the process made the Taschen publishing house to the commercial success it is today. Having edited and published books for more than 25 years, she now realises architecture and interior projects.
Text by Lilly Wolf
Collage by Enrico Nagel

With our Entrepreneurs series, you get to know the people who have made their dreams come true through their work. From work habits and sleep routine to idealisms, ten standardised questions and their answers, reveal some interesting facts about Angelika Taschen.

Morning person or night owl?

Tending towards becoming a morning person after decades of being a night owl.

4 or 12 hours sleep?

9 hours = heaven!

Press snooze or get up immediately?

The luxury of my life is not to need an alarm clock.

9-5 or never not working?

My work is my pleasure so never working.

Team player or lonely wolf?

My work requires a team and I hope to achieve that everybody enjoys the work and working together.

“A risk taking control freak. You learn the most from failures.”

Risk taker or control freak?

A risk taking control freak. You learn the most from failures.

Become famous or change the world?

When I was younger both! Becoming famous for changing something or at least for something great you’ve achieved.

Work as a means to an end or the more money the better?

Work as a means.

Spending or hoarding?

Spending, but not wasting!

Dreamer or realist?

A dreaming realist.


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