Design Distilled: Stahlemuhle in Southern Germany
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Philipp Mainzer, the founder of Frankfurt-based furniture company e15 , does minimalist glamor well; we especially like his design for the Stahlemuhle distillery in Southern Germany. Located in an 18th century mill estate in Eigeltingen, near Lake Constance in Southern Germany, the distillery is owned by Christoph Keller, a former art publisher who became enchanted with the idea of creating spirits from an array of rare fruits: greengages, damsons, russet apples, and myrobalans. Mainzer overhauled the public spaces, using an artful mix of rustic and modern elements. To see more his design work, go to Philipp Mainzer Photos by Ingmar Kurth. Above: Designed by Hans De Pelsmacker for e15, Main, the Tafel Bench is $7,760 at Hive Modern. Mainzer used raw smoked oak flooring with a soap finish in the tasting room; the cast iron stove is original to the building. Above: The Habibi tray from e15 is available in stainless, polished brass, or polished copper. Above: In the tasting room, Mainzer used exposed concrete on the walls and ceiling and installed new asphalt flooring. The metal shelving is backlit with LED lighting, illuminating the blown glass bottles filled with liquors. The TA01 Ponte table and the BE01 Calle benches from e15 add warmth to the otherwise austere space. Above: The distillery makes more than 70 varieties of spirtis using rare and obscure fruits. Above: A cut-out light box in the hallway adds a sense of airiness to an otherwise narrow space. Above: The pristine production areas feature highly polished custom distilling equipment. Above: A view of the distillery entrance.