FOUND. by Markus
Hunting and gathering.
Or searching and finding like a truffle pig are the powers that fuel me. It is the hidden and undiscovered things that are my passion. Nothing makes me more excited than to track something down. Famous designers or manufacturers were never as important to me as the special aura and the peculiarity of an old piece of furniture or a vintage lamp.
I always search for myself. A piece that touches me always is a piece that belongs in my shop. The place that is my true home. An intimous place, in which I want to be surrounded only by things that excite me. Selling one of those special pieces is like giving away a piece of myself.
A couple of years ago I found an armchair that stroke me like nothing had ever before. I did not know where it came from and who designed it. But it had the most perfect shape I had ever seen. I was searching for it so intensively that I was able to track down a couple more of them. With a lot of intuition, the skills of my upholsterer and the best fabric to be found, we managed to revitalize these pieces. Meanwhile I know that they were Fritz Neth armchairs, that have become extremely popular in Germany.
My passion for finding special things is closely connected with the search for quality. Whether it is the shape or the material. It is especially the quality that has to satisfy me. When you go on an expedition with this requirement, you do not only find old hidden treasures but also wonderful pieces of art hand-made today almost in secrecy. Small manufactories or one-man-shows that make something that I most definitely need.
I am always excited by the story behind each piece. Like that of the old armchair, that had been waiting in the basement for decades for a new life. Or that of the new jewellery designer, who makes something I have never seen before.
I gather all these things because it is my passion to do so.
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2009: One of my first Fritz Neth´s, covered with high pile mohair fabric by Maharam - the best fabric i ever used on this chair.
2011: Extremely rare model of the Fritz Neth sofa, reupholstered with a wool bouclé by Maharam. Never found one of this again.
2011: Three 1950s chairs, reupholstered with an aniline leather. I miss them since the day i sold them...
2010: One of the pices i think back to a lot. A small french 50s side table. For me this was a perfect piece.
A chair that is very dear to me. It is considered to be a not very important design, but it´s personality is always astonishing to me.
2011: Enamal works like these by Bunge from the 1950s, to me are the perfrect symbiosis of design and workmanship. They are small pieces of art.
2010: That´s when my passion for vintage Goldpfeil bags began. There is no other object that has to tell more stories than an old bag.
2013: An italian 1940s table i remember in a very special way, because like no other before it looked perfect no matter which chair or stool i placed next to it.
2015: The more time you spend on a piece to bring it back to life, the more you feel connected to it. It was like giving birth to it when we switched on this french 1940s lamp for the first time after its restoration.