Reclaimed Wood Stories: Holzgeschichten

March 20, 2015 12


Living in Munich, Bavaria, means you are surrounded by mountains, lakes, forests. Even though this sounds more fairytale like than it is in real life, it can still get very dreamy once you leave the city and head towards the Alps. Mountains mean lots of snow in winter and avalanches from time to time. Avalanches knock over trees and the wood is doomed to rot away. You bet! Munich has some creative young minds and some wild wood lovers in the surrounding forests and they have one thing in common: they love wood and they love design.

‘Holzgeschichten’ literally means ‘Wood Stories’ and it’s a young Munich-based design label that is specialized in designing and producing wooden furniture and accessories made of reclaimed wood from avalanches. The wood is sourced directly in the mountains by Axel, a wild and free soul, who is a carpenter and restorer. Johannes and Bernhard are two young architects from Munich with a strong passion for design and together with Axel they tell stories carved in wood: ‘Holzgeschichten’.

Now you might think wooden furniture is not so special. However, this furniture is unique and each is a one-of-a-kind piece. Each trunk found in the rivers and on the slopes of the Alps is unique in its texture, structure and colour. Axel sources different trees and the designs are strongly influenced by the potential of the reclaimed wood. Sometimes they turn out to be a table, a desk, a kitchen countertop (a personal favorite), a stool or just a cutting board. But each has its own story.

I had the opportunity to meet Bernhard and Johannes during the recent Munich Creative Business Week and they told me all about their design label and it didn’t take a long time to convince me – young design, a creative approach, natural materials and a great story to tell. How could I not share this with you?

Photography by Thomas Straub

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  • Reply julia I mintlametta March 20, 2015 at 15:38

    such a great post Igor! love the bavarian introduction (guess it is the same with munich/alps and hamburg/sea… fairytale but possible to get into real…) and ‘holzgeschichten’ presents amazing design – love the cozy area behind the kitchen scenery at most – julia

    • Reply Igor Josifovic March 21, 2015 at 16:51

      Thank you Julia! Yes I agree:-) and I’m always happy to discover young and creative labels here in Munich! Glad you like them too!

  • Reply Holly March 20, 2015 at 16:54

    beautiful stuff! Love that compact space!


    • Reply Igor Josifovic March 21, 2015 at 16:53

      Thank you Holly! I wish my space was that cool (it is compact though but I miss such a fab kitchen!).

  • Reply Ahoi March 22, 2015 at 08:15

    Holzgeschichten sind super! Schon allein die Holzstümpfe atmen irgendwie Natur. Great wood work … I especially love the tree stumps!

    • Reply Igor Josifovic March 23, 2015 at 13:27

      Absolut, und die Küchenarbeitsplatte aus Holz hat es mir ganz besonders angetan!

  • Reply Anya Jensen March 23, 2015 at 09:59

    I love reclaimed stuff, and this is brilliant. Great pics too:) Happy Monday xxx

    • Reply Igor Josifovic March 23, 2015 at 13:28

      So do I Anya! I loved the fact that the designers could actually tell a story to every piece like where does the wood come from, where was it found, how did the idea evolve…a pretty cool way to tell stories through a natural material!

  • Reply Yay or Nay Interiors March 23, 2015 at 13:06

    Absolutely adore this! I am totally in love with recycling upcyclig etc. I would love kitchen like that! ps. Igor I have emailed you. not sure if you had a moment to look at it? Can you please reply? 🙂

    Anna, Yay Interiors + Lifestyle & Beauty

    • Reply Igor Josifovic March 23, 2015 at 13:29

      I will get back to you these days once I made my way through all the emails:-)

  • Reply Alexa~FurnishMyWay March 23, 2015 at 16:25

    I love the look of reclaimed wood in home decor! I love how the designers are telling a story through each piece like where it’s found and how they collected it.

  • Reply Igor March 24, 2015 at 09:44

    Nice post!

  • Reply Beauty Follower April 7, 2015 at 17:12

    O ξύλινος πάγκος της κουζίνας… wow!

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