Furnishing a building by Swiss stalwarts Herzog & de Meuron was a dream job.Discover why Meuron’s Concert Hall is a Dream for Minimalist Lovers in Hamburg.
As well as collecting numerous design award nominations, young Hamburg-based design firm Studio Besau-Marguerre is fast becoming a frequent collaborator with companies such as e15 and Petite Friture. The studio was surprised when architect Daniel Schöning asked them to work with him on the furnishing concept for the Elbphilharmonie.
With this dream also gave them the chance to leave their own footprint within Hamburg’s newest landmark building.
For their sensitive concept, Schöning, Eva Marguerre and Marcel Besau were mindful of choosing furniture that would take a back seat to the voluminous space.
White and pale-coloured pieces allow for the spectacular interiors to take centre stage and the unintrusive materials help visitors enjoy the richness of music.
Maintaining the idea of creating something new on a traditional base, the trio chose recent furniture designs of mostly young (or at least still active) designers such as Kraud, Sylvain Willenz, Eric Degenhardt, Claesson Koivisto Rune, Stefan Diez, KaschKasch, Philipp Mainzer and Farah Ebrahimi.
Although the furnishing of the Elbphilharmonie was a big task in itself, the team decided it wouldn’t be complete until they designed an elegant furniture series especially for the building, designed to meet all the demands of a public space.
For the foyers of the two concert halls, they designed a high table, a bench, and a side table, which impress in their particular consideration of material and usability. For the Sky Lounge, they devised family of glass tables, which reflect the powerful architecture of the building and assimilate in the ambitious room.
The heart of the Elbphilharmonie will begin to pulse next month – the ladies will discuss the latest version of Beethoven’s Ninth with a glass of champagne, placed on an elegant, slim marble-topped high table while folding their Jil Sander bags safely away.
Meanwhile, gentlemen will sit on benches enjoying Hamburg’s skyline across the river Elbe, in the centre of the Hafencity, Europe’s largest inner-city urban expansion project.
If you like the furniture by the Hamburg design trio as much as we do, the series will be produced by a famous manufacturer from spring 2017.
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