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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

Monkey Business | 27 Mar. 2017

From the Island to the Bottle - Sicily

Volcano of Lemons

In February 2015, we set out for Sicily – more specifically for the foot of Mount Etna, Europe’s most powerful volcano. Guided by our local expert, Calogero, we visited an old plantation in the Cavagrande region, whose...

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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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Monkey Business | 10 Feb. 2016

The Carnival Steed of Constance

The Polizeiblaetzle and his steed!

The Carnival Steed of Constance
© Axel Hoedt

Led by the Polizeiblaetzle on horseback – Blaetzle refers to the felt scales that adorn the policeman’s garment – the Blaetzle boys of Constance’s fools’ guild roam the city’s alleyways on Holy Thursday in keeping with a long-held Alemannic Carnival custom. Their traditional costume, or Haes, is...

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Monkey Business | 09 Feb. 2016

The Urzels of Sachsenheim

The whip and the Urzels!

The Urzels of Sachsenheim
© Axel Hoedt

Since 1965, the Sachsenheim guild of Urzels has been responsible for preserving and promoting the fools’ custom known as the Running of the Urzels. The main figures in this practice originating from the Transylvanian city of Agnita are the Urzels, fantastical carnival creatures in painted, wire...

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Monkey Business | 08 Feb. 2016

The Butzenzuttel of Hirrlingen

Butz, Butz Dollia, hot an alta Doffel an!

The Butzenzuttel of Hirrlingen
© Axel Hoedt

According to early records, Carnival in Hirrlingen (a community in the Tübingen district of Baden-Württemberg) begins on Candlemas. This holiday, which falls 40 days after Christmas, on February 2, is considered auspicious for cleaning and is therefore the day when Christmas trees are...

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Monkey Business | 04 Feb. 2016

The Rußhexe of Empfingen

Schmotziger Dunschtig and its witch!

The Rußhexe of Empfingen
© Axel Hoedt

On Rußigen or the day of soot, which falls on Holy Thursday (Schmotziger Dunschtig or “dirty” Thursday in the Alemannic dialect), all is quiet on the streets of Empfingen. The residents cower in their homes, only rarely peeking through the curtains to see if the soot witch, known as the Rußhexe,...

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Monkey Business | 11 Jan. 2016

Stuttgart Market Hall: Merz & Benzing

A Monkey Among Beautiful Accessories

Stuttgart Market Hall: Merz & Benzing
© Merz & Benzing

If you had to guess our state capital based on its characteristic features, renowned motor car brands, a football team that could do with some support again this season, the home of countless tinkerers and thinkers, and lentils with spätzle noodles would all be high on the list. And among those...

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Monkey Business | 11 Nov. 2015

Axel Hoedt

Narri Narro to a Black Forest artist!

Axel Hoedt
© Axel Hoedt

Born in Staufen, Axel Hoedt is a true Black Forest original. After studying photographic design in Bielefeld, he has been living and working in London since 1999. The forty-eight-year-old artist has always been interested in Black Forest carnival customs, and his series of portraits, collected...

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Monkey Business | 28 Sep. 2015

Nemestrina

A monkey with a pigtail

Nemestrina

Descending from a genus of macaque, a primate type from the family of Old World monkeys, the nemestrina is a kind of southern pig-tailed macaque. These furry little creatures owe their name not least to their tail, which closely resembles that of a pig. While their back is coloured olive-brown...

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Monkey Business | 23 Sep. 2015

Welcome to "Wunderbar Adventures Of Sophistication!"

Episode 2: Raiders of the lost Bark - PORTUGAL

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