Successful and imaginative: Brühl's Creative Director Kati Meyer-Brühl shares her time between Berlin and Bad Steben
Kati Meyer-Brühl is a name that stands for internationally acknowledged design. Since she started designing upholstered furniture for Brühl in Bad Steben as the company's Creative Director, Kati Meyer-Brühl's work has earned her a growing number of prizes: in her relatively short career, the designer has received more than forty accolades, from the Design Award of the Federal Republic of Germany all the way to the Chicago Athenaeum's Good Design Award and Green Good Design Award. Besides making innovative use of forms, her furniture also permits new forms of living. But she is not the only creative force at the company, which was founded in 1948: her father and the firm's CEO Roland Meyer-Brühl is also the creator of classic sofas that have become prime examples of modern design. The name Brühl stands for seating concepts that are expressed in a multifaceted, vivacious and accessible design language. Their distinguishing features include unusually versatile usage possibilities and special relax functions.
Comfortable dining: "belami smooth" armchairs and matching "belami" table
Individualists: the multi-award-winning sofa "blanche" with "lemon", "morning dew" and "dive" chairs
The sometimes poetic, sometimes minimalistically clear-cut upholstered furniture is made in bright, energy-efficient production facilities set in the idyllic Bad Steben landscape. The locally well-known company attaches great importance not just to integrated workflows but to maximum eco-compatibility as well. It is already more than twenty years since Brühl switched to producing sofas with removable covers. All other stages of production and the materials used are continually updated in line with the latest ecological developments. Wherever possible, components are sourced from regional suppliers. Beyond the highly topical issue of environmental considerations, Brühl also aims to find new, contemporary answers to changing lifestyle habits.
Thoroughly comfortable: CEO Roland Meyer-Brühl on the "morning dew" sofa by Kati Meyer-Brühl. The award-winning, sustainably produced "mosspink" sofa can be seen in the background
As somebody with a wide range of interests, Kati Meyer-Brühl has a keen instinct for such things. Founded on her studies at Central Saint Martins College in London and Parsons School in New York, her work exhibits not just a thoroughly international flair but a distinct aptitude for imaginative and cosmopolitan thinking beyond the confines of traditional limits. Her designs are full of the joys of life – and convincing proof that, even today, upholstered furniture can still be reinvented. KH
Harmonious proportions: "chess" by Kati Meyer-Brühl is easy to configure and rearrange
A modern, award-winning classic: "roro" by Roland Meyer-Brühl (available with castors on request) can be transformed into a variety of islands for sitting and lounging
Photos: Christoph von Haussen, Brühl
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