Rare Fruit: Design Distilled in Southern Germany
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Philipp Mainzer, the founder of Frankfurt furniture company e15 , does minimalist glamor well; we especially like his design for the Stählemühle Distillery in Southern Germany. Located on an 18th-century steel mill estate in Eigeltingen, near Lake Constance, 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 of his design work, go to Philipp Mainzer . Photography by Ingmar Kurth for Philipp Mainzer. Above: Designed by Hans De Pelsmacker for e15, Main, the Tafel Bench is $8,560 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 Stählemühle Distillery makes more than 70 varieties of brandies and other spirits 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. Location of Stählemühle in Germany: N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on May 4, 2012 as part of our Beyond Bauhaus week.