Café in the Glockenhof, Lüneburg
The Glockenhof building in the centre of Lüneburg has a long tradition as one of the city’s most popular meeting places. After standing empty for many years, the former customs house built in the 15th century can now fulfil this function again, having been completely renovated and modernised in 2019. Interior design office FORMWÆNDE breathed new life into the Glockenhof turning it back into a place that brings together art, culture and cuisine. Throughout the building’s two storeys as well as its outdoor spaces, the design team created modern dining areas for the in-house cafe and the ideal space for regularly rotating exhibits as well as a diverse cultural programme. And so, this building steeped in history became a place for young and old to come together.
To furnish the café, the interior designers from FORMWÆNDE chose seating from Thonet, a company whose furniture naturally embodies the building’s inherent contrast of traditional and modern. “We wanted to revive the spirit of the place, which had been left empty for so long, but we also wanted to prepare it for the present day. Of course, the new details, materials and furniture needed to fit with their traditional surroundings, but they also needed to appear contemporary and modern up close. This creates a bridge between the past and the present – an approach ingrained in the chairs by Thonet,” says interior designer Marco Smith.