Sitting comfortably in historic surroundings

Hambacher Schloss, Neustadt/Pfalz

Deutsche Werkstätten services:
Manufacture of freestanding furniture

Completion 2011


“There are parallels between the renovation of Hambach Castle and the path to democracy, with many obstacles along the way,” writes Karin Leydecker in the Neue Zürcher Zeitung. In 1832, more than 30,000 people assembled at this ruined fortress in Neustadt an der Weinstrasse to demand civil rights, religious tolerance and national unity, a rally that became known as the Hambacher Fest. To commemorate the 175th anniversary of the occasion in 2007, the state of Rhineland-Palatinate held a design competition for improvements to this somewhat neglected site. The winning proposal for renovation of the castle and the construction of a restaurant was Swiss architect Max Dudler who has offices in Berlin, Frankfurt and Zurich. For the restaurant extension, Dudler chose a typical local sandstone to blend in with the existing structure. The interior is dominated by cherry-wood flooring, pale-coloured walls and furniture with classic features. Chairs made of cherry wood with seat cushions and backs upholstered in black pleated leather complement graceful cherry-wood tables with black linoleum inlay. Max Dudler specifically designed this furniture for the restaurant (fittingly called ‘1832’) and asked Deutsche Werkstätten if it could cope with an order for 98 chairs and 49 tables. It certainly could – and is happy to make more. The Hambach line can be ordered from Deutsche Werkstätten. Prices on request.

Text: Deutsche Werkstätten
Photo: Stefan Müller