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Distanz Verlag launches an excellent new book showcasing the best in German interior design –
and featuring an article by Axel Martin Schmitz on architecture, craftsmanship and product design.

his delightful coffee-table book features an essay by Axel Martin Schmitz, a man with a deep commitment to first-class architecture and enduring style

From Berlin-based publishing house Distanz Verlag, Best of German Interior Design takes a closer look at Germany’s most prominent interior designers and home furnishings firms. In addition, this substantial book offers in-depth insights into an industry that, say its editors Christian Boros, Oliver Salié, Florian Langenscheidt and Axel Schramm, often seems to go somewhat under the radar in Germany. Internationally, by contrast, German designers and manufacturers enjoy an excellent reputation, in terms of both creativity and workmanship. As assistant director of RALF SCHMITZ, Axel Martin Schmitz is well aware of the regard in which the “Made in Germany” label is still held today. “Our experience is that high-quality, functional design plays a hugely important role in our clients’ homes. There is a clear preference for kitchens and fittings by German manufacturers, and for elegantly contemporary living room and bedroom cabinetry that’s custom-made by domestic specialist firms – with each property we develop, we see that the faith in German brands and in established German manufacturers remains undimmed and that these continue to be associated with the very best in luxury living”, says Schmitz, who has written an essay on the subject “Architecture – Craftsmanship – Product Design” for the book.

Alongside other articles highlighting key themes and positions within today’s design discourse, this opulently illustrated book also presents a large number of iconic products – by the likes of Werner Aisslinger, Konstantin Grcic and Stefan Diez – that show us what German design for home interiors actually looks like. A weighty work – and not just in the physical sense.

 

Best of German Interior Design is available from DISTANZ Verlag, priced 58 euros: distanz.de

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