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An interview with architect Gisbert Pöppler:

'The longer we work, the more opportunities arise'

Gisbert Pöppler, the German architect renowned for his distinctive approach to architecture and interior design, sat down with us to discuss his journey, recent projects, and future plans. From the Frankfurt's Städel Museum for the wing housing the graphic collection to the new studio at the Karl-Marx-Allee in Berlin, Gisbert shares his exciting projects since starting the brand in 2004.

On the left: Gisbert Pöppler. On the right: the Cherry Table in the new office/studio in Berlin.

The start of Gisbert Pöppler's brand
Gisbert Pöppler's venture into the world of design began in 1999 when he co-founded a firm with architect Ilona Prinz. Together they created office environments for start-up organisations filling the dynamic Berlin landscape. 'In 2004, I established my own office,' Gisbert recalls. After his architecture studies at California College of Arts and Crafts, San Francisco and the Technische Universität in Berlin Post-graduation, he worked with various Berlin-based firms, contributing to the city's architectural evolution post-reunification. Over time, his focus shifted significantly towards interior design, and a decade ago, he introduced a furniture line that complements his architectural projects.

Noteworthy projects
'One of my most special projects is the renovation of the Graphic Collection department at the Städel Museum in Frankfurt,' Gisbert explains. This department is a haven for scientists worldwide to study original artworks from artists such as Raphael, Rembrandt, Matisse and Pollock. It underwent a transformation to enhance both its functionality and aesthetic appeal. The design incorporates elements of mid-century modernism, with custom-made filigree tables, hanging shelves, and a gallery, all aimed at providing a conducive environment for art study and appreciation.

A new studio in Berlin
Another exciting project was the brand's recent move to the Karl-Marx-Allee in Berlin. 'Our new space combines a showroom and office, located in a former bookstore from East Germany,' he explains. The decision to move was driven by the need for a showroom to display their bespoke furniture pieces. The new location, steeped in history, provides an ideal backdrop for the innovative designs.

During the Cold War, the three-kilometre-long boulevard, previously known as Stalin Allee, served as the parade street of East Germany. Constructed to 1950s Soviet standards, the buildings are decorated with intricate ceramics depicting Soviet ideals. These structures were dubbed "palaces for the workers" by state propaganda and featured a broad avenue for political marches, state processions, and military displays. By the time communism fell in 1989/90, the street had deteriorated. Today, however, a transformation is underway as international galleries, including Gisbert Pöppler's, move in and bring a fresh energy to the area.

The furniture line
In addition to his architectural and interior design projects, Gisbert has developed a range of bespoke furniture. A recent addition to his collection is the Cherry Lamp. A new standing lamp, set to evolve from its current hanging format, featuring elements from the Cherry Dining Table. 'It's very functional, but it's also very poetic. That's why I see a great potential for that lamp. The shape of the legs of the table is also in the lamp. If you look at the floorplan of the table, it looks like a cherry. That's where the name comes from,' Gisbert explains. Other upcoming pieces include a futuristic sofa with casual cushions and three new armchairs. 'We have many ideas and many projects planned in the future. There are always new things in progress.'

Looking ahead, Gisbert aims to continue expanding both his architectural projects and furniture designs. 'The longer we work, the more opportunities arise,' he says. His future plans include increasing international collaborations and participating in design fairs to showcase his work on a global stage.

More information:
Gisbert Pöppler
Karl-Marx-Allee 78
D- 10243 Berlin, Germany
+49(0)30 44 04 49 73
[email protected]