Discover Germany, Issue 39, June 2016

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Discover Germany | Special Theme | Architecture & Photography

design philosophy is easily put into a few words: “Craftsmanship, reduction to the essential and love for detail”. Or, to put it differently, holzrausch plans, designs and builds furniture and interiors, which allow architecture to unfold its full potential through a dialogue with the space. Materials are key features in design From the very beginning, Tobias Petri and Sven Petzold have put great emphasis on the use of quality materials. “Each combination of materials lends a special character to our work – every product is unique and takes into account not only the architecture but also the homeowner’s wishes and personality.” It takes a great deal of time and effort to choose the right materials that will later determine the look and feeling of a room. Natural and sleek components play a significant role in holzrausch designs: wood, glass, natural stone or concrete, steel or glass. “What is important is that the materials age well and even after many years still reveal their original quality.” Not sought but found: When two solo photographers became a team To put the used materials and the overall design in the right light is the task of photographers Marc Winkel-Blackmore

and Thomas Koy. Both had already worked as photographers for some time when they first met through mutual friends. In 2005, they started their cooperation that now operates under the name K + W. “At this point we both had become quite fed up with working as ‘One-Man-Shows’ and doing everything alone – acquisition, location scouting, taking pictures, image editing not to mention the endless hours driving around in the car,” says Thomas Koy.“And on the other hand I had realised that I was really good at some things but had weaknesses in others.” Something easily mended when working in a team. Both photographers have quite an interesting biography and career: Thomas Koy, a German and Swiss national, was born in Paris, but grew up in Munich. In 1997, he moved to Berlin where he first completed several internships and worked as freelance assistant for Sheila Metzner, Stefan Indlekofer and others. In 2000, he started his own business and since 2006 has concentrated on photography full time – at the beginning solely working in the field of photojournalism and portrait photography. Marc Winkel-Blackmore was born in Düren in 1970 and at the age of 14 bought his first camera. He is a self-taught photographer who studied

holzrausch founders Tobias Petri and Sven Petzold have known each other since their teenage years and since then have become close friends. What started with brainstorming and discussing design ideas soon led them to found their own business. In 1998, they moved into their own cabinetmaker workshop in Forstern, a small community about 35 kilometres east of Munich. Today their main focus lies in designing and building high-quality and bespoke kitchens and interiors, and that all over Europe. “holzrausch’s interior and furniture design is always the continuity of the existing architecture – spatial extensions in the true sense of the word,” says Birgit Lehner, responsible for communications at holzrausch. The Issue 39 | June 2016 | 67