ur schönen Linde” is an unconventional vintage furniture warehouse, studio and showroom, located a stone’s throw away from Karlsruhe, the German city nearest to the easternmost point of France.
Certainly, we remember all the pieces of exercise equipment in our school gym: pommel horse (help!), mattresses (luckily), parallel bars (let’s not even go there). In a modest old industrial warehouse, Andreas Gröbel and a team which includes master craftsman, saddle maker, blacksmith and carpenter, upcycles old gym equipment which is gradually being thrown out by schools. What’s more, he turns it into eccentric and amazingly functional pieces for homes, offices and the catering industry.
Although perfectly functional, this equipment lost its chief purpose as it was no longer in line with health and safety regulations, and for a number of years it simply ended up in an incinerator. So, the clever upcycling of these pieces, made from top quality materials like heavy-duty timber and leather, gives them a new lease on life.
Andreas Gröbel, who trained first as a decorator and then as a blacksmith “to be able to make things as well, not just putting them on display”, has a functional talent with a slight anarchic soul. As a blacksmith he built stands for fairs and events, he gradually started to design them and in the end, was running whole events singlehandedly. Therefore, knowing how to set events up and source affordable props became vital when Andreas once again changed profession and started turning upcycled shelves into modular systems. These were his first steps in the world of upcycling.
A coffee shop built on a modular platform and upcycled gym equipment as furniture. Zur schönen Linde designs and hires out temporary structures for all kinds of events.
Left-hand side, wall bars painted white are now shelves for glasses.
Zur schönen Linde has everything from metal shelves to upcycled gym equipment and even one or two great design classics. Andreas Gröbel restores and gives a new life to anything he can find another use for, pieces with a story to tell, which were built using top quality materials. And how could you not appreciate that the old solid timber chest and the infamous indestructible gym horse in thick leather will never again end up in an incinerator?
Zur schönen Linde
Warehouse, studio and showroom
Karlsfeldstraße 16 – 19, 76297 Stutensee - Friedrichstal, Germany
Tel: 00 49 (0) 172 728 57 02
By appointment only
+49 (0) 172 728 57 02
Credits: Markus Baron, Konstantin Göbel, Christian Ernst
Courtesy Zur schönen Linde