func. is a gallery for curated design objects.
Of course, these are mainly furniture, mostly American or Italian with some French, Dutch or Scandinavian. Plus some industrial antiques, a pinch of art and a dash of punk.
If you want to live with it: Mix it! There is hardly anything more boring than an apartment that has been completely decorated by a furniture supplier. You are not a hotel (and even if you are, you should offer your guests more than standard design). That’s why I love advising, researching, scouting, curating – and finding the solitaire that makes a room shine. Or the missing pieces that would complement your existing interior.
With a background of many years in various film productions and advertising agencies, design has always been a fascinating companion. Ten years ago I began collecting my favourite objects – and seven years ago I started selling some pieces again. So func. developed into a gallery, first in Feldafing on Lake Starnberg, now located in Hamburg, Germany. When you research objects yourself (and live with some of them), you develop a deeper sense of what works. And in those years I personally learned a lot about what to pay attention to – here are a few insights:
Get excited! Buy what you like. Think less about your neighbours, otherwise everyone will end up with the same interior. And if you’re not sure if something fits, just ask me (well, that’s self-promotion – but as we’re talking here on my own website, that might be allowed). Many design pieces come with a story to tell: Be it a rare prototype, the first plastic chair in production or a serious part of design history. So often the stories make the character.
Another essential learning: Cheap may be fun – but it won’t last (sometimes literally). We focus on quality, if something needs to be restored, then do it right. That’s why we work with experts all over Europe, from plywood specialists to upholstery professionals to recognised consultants. And while outstanding individual pieces often even gain in value, an inexpensive dining table chair always remains just that. (And nobody wants to see a cheap chair collection…)
And getting more important every day: Quality also means sustainability. Many people don’t know that some Midcentury furniture falls under the CITES Convention (CITES = Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora). This applies in particular to all types of rosewood, often used in sideboards, tables or chairs. These can only be sold with a so-called CITES certificate (all our pieces come with that). We also work with certified companies and use biological materials wherever possible, e.g. for upholstery. And of course there is hardly anything as sustainable as furniture that is 50 or 60 years old – and still in use.
„We can learn from the Bauhaus that one must be innovative in the given situation, i.e. today! Learning from the Bauhaus doesn’t mean repeating the Bauhaus.“
Sociologist and design thinker Lucius Burckhardt said in his opening speech at the design faculty at the University of Weimar in 1993. And this is also our credo: What we do is about permanent change and renewal and not about retro.