Hamburger DING

Architect Imvest Projektentwicklung GmbH
Photographer Annabell Heidenreich

Versatile pieces from Thonet feature in Hamburg coworking and event space

The Hamburger Ding coworking and event venue, based in the city’s trendy St. Pauli district, offers a range of different spaces for all kinds of use. From private office suites and shared workspaces to meeting and event rooms, and even a streaming and podcast studio, there is something for everyone. Each of the five floors of this building on the Reeperbahn has its own style, which is also reflected in the choice of furniture. The Hamburger Ding is setting new standards in shared spaces and reaping the rewards of its versatility.

Various zones are furnished with Thonet products, not just the Thonet Lounge, which is the ideal place for longer meetings, but also the Thonet Rooftop Café, the perfect spot for after-work drinks and catch-ups.

The Thonet Lounge features comfortable upholstered armchairs, designed by the Munich-based studio Formstelle, and is the perfect place to sit and relax or get down to some focused work. The 808 lounge chair plays with the contrast between protective shell and inviting openness. As a consistent reinterpretation of the classic wingback chair, the upper back section is reminiscent of a protective collar and brings the traditional piece of furniture bang up to date with its contemporary lines. The compact 809 lounge chair is the “little brother” of the successful 808 model and creates a place of retreat in smaller rooms as well as working well in a group arrangement, combined with the larger armchair or with low side tables, such as the B 9 with its elegant tubular steel frame.

Hamburger DING
Hamburger DING
Hamburger DING

On the top floor, the Hamburger Ding has a rooftop terrace with spectacular views over the neighbourhood. The Thonet Rooftop Café combines high-end design classics and coffee house culture with a real urban vibe. Guests can relax on the black-stained furniture icons, the 214, 209 and 204 by Thonet. The famous coffee house chair is still considered the most successful industrial product in the world; it is the chair that marked the beginning of modern furniture. The starting point was a new technique, the bending of solid wood, which Michael Thonet perfected in the 1850s, making series production possible for the very first time. Just like the original bentwood designs, the 209 cantilevered bentwood chair consists of only six parts. Its aesthetic reduction combined with its organic form creates a piece that almost looks like a sculpture. The 204 barstool is the final piece of furniture chosen for the Hamburger Ding, bringing the bentwood chair look to the counter. As a “young classic, the 118 wooden chair skilfully reconciles the past with the present. Minimalist and honest yet elegant and sophisticated, the 118 chair family takes the bentwood classics another step further while remaining true to Thonet tradition. Designer Sebastian Herkner adds refined finishing touches that make the design less dominant but all the more distinguished. The seat frame, bent from one piece of wood, and the handcrafted canework seat are a clear nod to the 214, the original Thonet bentwood chair.

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