Architecture & Design: Franken Architekten
Creative direction: Studio Kathi Kæppel
Neither house or hotel, Libertine Lindenberg is a seven-storey ‘home-from-home’ where guests are welcome to stay for the night, weeks or even years. Renovated by Franken Architekten, it is situated in Frankfurt’s historical Alt-Sachsenhausen district.
The building comprises 27 suites — six maisonettes, one- and two-room suites, and a three-room loft. It also includes a recording studio, shop, living-room café, gym and gabled annex. It is up to the co-tenants whether they want to be together and take advantage of the available amenities, such as laundry.
The theme of ‘tradition meets contemporary design’ underpins the whole project. For example, the lozenge, taken from the classic design of Frankfurter “Ebbelwei” glass is on sheets, textile wall panels, furniture embroidery and the wrought-iron parapets and balustrades.
The interior concept, by Studio Kathi Kæppel, has a handcrafted feel: lavish textiles, chunky knits and fine threadwork are signature characteristics. Contrasts exploring the play between sun and shadow also play a prominent part. Reflecting, this all the furnishings were produced in pastel and black versions.
Kvadrat textiles are used on furniture throughout the building, as well as on art installations, wall panels and
headboards. Kathi Kæppel stitched over some of the fabrics, in keeping with the concept. The chosen designs are Clara, Stoplight Solid, Air and Remix.
“Quality and ambitious design – that is what Franken Architects and Kvadrat stand for. Because of their years of experience in hospitality Kvadrat meets requirements in acoustics, fire protection etc. and gives the opportunity to work with leading manufacturer of furniture. Thereby the fabric could be used multifunctional – for furniture, textiles, wall covering – and created the favored overall impression,” Nicole Franken
“Kvadrat textiles are inspiring, and they helped me to realise my ambitions for the atmosphere. It was also wonderful that all our furniture companies, such as E15 and Prostoria, were already working with Kvadrat fabrics – this helped to ensure the final compositions were harmonious and exciting. Towards the end, I started incorporating Kvadrat textiles into artistic installations,” Kathi Kæppel