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Monkey Business | 18 Jul. 2016

Philipp Mainzer – The Architect and His Monkey

Architecture & Design: The Distillery “The Wild Monkey”

Philipp Mainzer – The Architect and His Monkey

For some time now, Monkey 47 has been produced in the Black Forest at a distillery dubbed “The Wild Monkey”, which is located at the Schaberhof. An idyllic location that, until its purchase by Black Forest Distillers in 2013, was the site of traditional agriculture and cattle husbandry for five generations. Following an extensive planning phase, its new owners finally began the process of restoring the farmstead to its original condition in 2014. This effort – which included rebuilding and renovating some sections down to their core – has the Schaberhof shining anew, just as in the days of old. The renovation works were masterminded by the internationally renowned architects and furniture designers at the e15 partner office PHILIPP MAINZER OFFICE FOR ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN, who succeeded in contrasting the historic elements and the new rooms and structures with the original character of the property.

Together with his team, Philipp Mainzer, co-founder of e15 and the PHILIPP MAINZER OFFICE FOR ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN and an old friend of the monkey, devoted himself with great meticulousness and passion to the new home of Monkey 47. A graduate in product design and architecture, he combined typical local design with modern elements to remain true to the spirit of the farmstead while enhancing it with many new and innovative approaches. “We used a combination of typical regional materials and modern elements of glass and steel for the facade and interior fittings”, states Mainzer, describing the overall architectural concept developed in close collaboration with Black Forest Distillers.

The facade of the main building, which is cladded with 120,000 hand-split wooden shingles, reflects the typical regional character of the building and provides an interesting contrast to the strong, clear lines of the interior fittings. Consisting of three buildings, the Schaberhof comprises facilities for deliveries, maceration, distilling, and tasting, as well as a granary, offices, and the traditional “Schwarzwaldstube”. “We focused on traditional local craftmanship by using mainly regional materials that combine authenticity with sleek functionality”, comments Philipp Mainzer, who works on commercial, private and cultural projects around the world and offers a comprehensive range of architectural, interior architecture, exhibition design and furniture design services for the public and private sector. His partnership with e15, which itself offers a comprehensive concept for interior spaces with a custom collection, harnesses synergies that extend the boundaries of traditional architecture. And this is also reflected in the “Wild Monkey” distillery. For example, tables, benches and stools from e15’s David Chipperfield collection were used to furnish the interior of the reception rooms. The office furnishings also come from the e15 line and, together with the lighting concept, ensure a homely, warm atmosphere in the idyllic surroundings of the Black Forest.

If you are keen to find out more about Philipp Mainzer and e15, visit www.philippmainzer.com and www.e15.com

Natural Habitat | 21 Feb. 2017

Die Halbestadt

Falco, Punschkrapfen and the Prater – you’re thinking of Vienna, right?

Falco, Punschkrapfen and the Prater – you’re thinking of Vienna, right?
Good, because in future, Austria’s capital city should also make you think of Die Halbestadt: a jewel in the...

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Species Rara | 09 Feb. 2017

Tales from the Black Forest - Hundeschlitten­rennen

The Call of the Wild

The dogs are wild with excitement. They bark frantically and strain nervously in their harnesses. Their ice blue eyes convey their unyielding determination to run... run... just run. Finally, the long-awaited call of the “musher” sounds out and the pack of huskies sprints off...

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Opus Magnum | 20 Dec. 2016

Welcome to "Wunderbar Adventures of Sophistication!"

Episode 5: Being German – BLACK FOREST

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Opus Magnum | 12 Oct. 2016

Monkey 47 Distiller`s Cut 2016

Abietes Melle

Driven by occupational curiosity, a love of sensory experimentation, and a pronounced penchant for unique aromas, Black Forest Distillers have set out on their search for species rara – the singular ingredient that goes into their annual Monkey 47 Distiller’s Cut – for six years running.
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Monkey Business Einspaltig | 26 Aug. 2016

The Monkey and His Simian Sidekicks

King Louie, Cheetah, Miss Baker, and Herr Nilsson

Upon making his move to the Black Forest – to the Schaberhof and the Wild Monkey distillery, to be precise – the Monkey began turning his surroundings into a picturesque new home. Primates are not all that different from people, after all, and relocating typically offers the opportunity to...

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Species Rara Einspaltig | 15 Aug. 2016

The Radhaube

High fashion from 19th-century Villingen

The Radhaube
© Sebastian Wehrle

The golden Radhaube – pictured here in all its splendour – is the result of up to 400 hours of sheer artisanal craftsmanship. Though it does require a great deal of endurance from the women who weave it, this traditional headwear serves to this day as a reminder of the good old days in southwest...

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Ency. Botanica | 08 Aug. 2016

Allspice - Pimenta Dioica

A plant from the New World

Allspice - Pimenta Dioica

Allspice refers to the berries of the evergreen pimenta dioica tree, a type of plant of the myrtle family, and is native to a group of islands in the Caribbean called the Antilles. This explains why allspice is also commonly called "Jamaica pepper". Discovered by the same explorer who...

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Prescriptions Einspaltig | 01 Aug. 2016

Sloe Gin Fizz

Hand-Picked Sloe Berries from the Black Forest Served in a Glass

Sloe Gin Fizz
© Jochen Hirschfeld

The difference between a Tom Collins and a Gin Fizz can be summed up using the following simple rule: one is stirred, while the other is shaken. To put it even more simply: The Gin Fizz is a sour topped up with just a splash of soda water, while a lot more soda water is added to the Tom Collins...

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Ency. Botanica | 25 Jul. 2016

Honey Pomelo - Pomelo

The tangy citrus fruit and the Monkey

Honey Pomelo - Pomelo

If you’re looking for the perfect mix of sweet and bitter, keep reading. A cross between the pomelo and the grapefruit, the honey pomelo combines both distinctive flavors. Though native to Asia, it first entered the market in Israel in the 70s as the result of a backcross, which is also how it...

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Prescriptions Einspaltig | 11 Jul. 2016

Corpse Reviver #2 - The resurrection cocktail

Corpse Reviver #2 - The resurrection cocktail
© Jochen Hirschfeld

We don’t know for sure if this cocktail can raise the dead, but we can safely say that it will help revive your spirits. Lest you don’t have a copy of Harry Craddock’s The Savoy Cocktail Book (first published in 1930) on hand, we’d like to reveal the perfect mix:
2 cl Monkey 47
2 cl...

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