Contemporary German design on high altitude 2016-04-11


For some, the combination of experiencing new modern German design and an analog, refreshing break in the Alps seems far fetched. But a short train ride from Munich, near the foot of the Bavarian Alps, lies the small village of Aschau im Chiemgau. Here a 17th century bakery has been carefully converted into an contemporary Gasthaus which has attracted not only the attention of the world’s leading travel magazines, but also the architecture and design media. The name of the haus is Berge (mountains in german) and features 16 individually designed apartments with fully equipped kitchens. This is a self catered facility that lacks TV, telephone or other conveniences you might expect to find in standard alpine retreats. Berge even prides itself in having an exceptional poor mobile phone reception, but this will only leave guests with more time to take in the details and see the handicraft of the interior, much of it made in locally sourced materials like wood and stone. The initiator and designer behind this safe haven from the digital world, is Nils Holger Moormann. The furniture company that carries his name is located across the road from Berge and guests are encouraged to pay a visit to the factory. Here, Mr. Moormann and his staff have developed and manufactured award winning furniture since 1982. Mr. Moormann himself is best described as the German equivalent to Britain’s Sheridan Coakley. He is a protagonist in modern German design and known for having given unknown and young German designers their major breakthrough. And even though designer Konstantin Grcic would not be considered to fall into that category today, he was still considered up and coming, when Moormann picked up and put his now iconic coat hanger Hut Ab into production in 1998.

Explore the full Moorman collection here