One of the most famous German design labels is Christine Kröncke from Munich. Time and again, the designers of the label create unique designs in form, color and function. Christine Kröncke furniture is above all a commitment to the style. With a holistic approach not only individual pieces of furniture are created, but complete furnishing worlds are brought to life. These are finely selected and characterized by a special harmony.
We saw the design company at the Imm Cologne 2017 and did an interview with the team after the fair.
Mrs. Kröncke, what was the decisive factor for you to become a designer and start a label?
Christine Kröncke: Born on 30.11.1943 in Bremen, the hometown of the designer and Bauhaus student Wilhelm Wagenfeld, I decided to occupy myself with the creation of aesthetically and socially functional spaces and became an interior designer. I was very inspired by the Bauhaus. After my time at a school of furniture, first practical experience in furnishing houses and several years of work at the WK-Möbel-Verband, I decided to become self-employed in 1974 and established the “Reim Interline” collection, which was renamed “Christine Kröncke Interior Design”.
What design are you particularly proud of, which touched you most and why?
CK: These are primarily designs with unique features such as:
The “Mila” pendant lamp made in brass, is a good example of pure handwork in factories.
“Add” These side tables show impressively the countless possibilities that our collection offers. The large selection includes 17 lacquer colors and different bases, all of which can be combined, individually and perfectly matched to the furnishing.
With our silk shade lamps, we show that our collection can also include the very classic form of living.
If you’d have to choose a color right now, what would it be?
CK: In Munich the snow has melted and it does’nt look as if it would come back. If you are walking on one of the bridges on Sundays, you can not but marvel at the bright blue sky and admire the glitter of the Isar rifer surface. Choose a color: a bright blue, or a fresh green.
How does Pantone with its color palettes play a role in your designs? Will you be influenced by such studies?
CK: No, when Pantone presents a trend color, we have already developed the collection for next year. This would be too late. In addition, an independent collection should also have a coherent color world. We are not neglecting trends completely, but a piece of furniture should remain interesting for many years and not be untrendy when the next trend wave comes.
Many thanks! We now speak with Mr. von Sichart and Mr. Stohlmeyer, who are also active in the management.
How would you describe the style of Christine Kröncke’s pieces in general?
Our style is timeless, inspired by a wide variety of design trends, yet is characterized by its own handwriting. Thus the collection works in different contexts.
What are you particularly paying attention to in design and production?
Most of the time, we pay attention to the fact that our products create a familiar feeling for the viewer. This is a balancing act between tradition and trendsetting. Above all, a new design should fit into our handwriting and enrich the overall collection.
What do you mean by “conceptual interior design”?
The collection is created in principle with a view on the overall design. Our worlds of furniture are fine-tuned in terms of style, colors and functions and are characterized by an unobtrusive harmony. A creative stimulus and at the same time a constructive basis for planning which saves the customer the torment of arbitrariness and makes the choice of something easy, fun.
You work with many renowned designers, such as Peter Maly, Birgit Hoffmann, Gesa Höltje, Formstelle, Stefan Veit, Andreas Weber, Michael Schneider and Christoph Kahless. How would you justify the selection? Is there something that makes each of them special and what is that in your eyes?
The designers with whom we work together create the identity of the brand Christine Kröncke and thereby generate relevant designs for us. Of course, every designer has his own handwriting, but what connects everyone is a sense of design that is both modern and yet homely and feminine. Your list of designers is also an award for the quality of our collection. We are especially pleased about the long-term and friendly cooperation with the designers.
What was the basic idea for the 2017 collection? Is there a theme?
“Diversity” and “variability” are the central concepts of the 2017 collection. At the same time, it was important for us to stay away from any randomness – over the entire width of the collection. For this reason, we put attention on manufactory work with high material use, hand-polished surfaces and warm materials this year. A lot of pieces are fascinating.
With the Punta Nave dining table, for example, solid wood meets matt brushed brass and gray parsol glass or clear glass. The result is decorative, luxurious and naturally self-contained.
If you had to describe the collection 2017 in a word or two, what would it be?
What are you particularly proud of at Christine Kröncke?
Being able to look back on a long tradition and to be able to survive with such a small label. To offer a complete collection, which offers great elegance and still fits perfectly in the real, urban life. That’s where most of us live. In large cities, with rather smaller living rooms.
Where and when will we be able to see new Christine Kröncke designs next?
In Germany, the collection is now sold in more than 350 furniture shops. You can also look at the new collection in our showroom in Munich, Ludwigstrasse. At the next Imm Cologne, we would like to invite you to be inspired by our 2018 trends. One thing we can already reveal: it becomes sensual and feminine.
We would like to thank Mrs. Kröncke, Mr. von Sichart and Mr. Stohlmeyer for the interesting short interview!