May 13, 2018

Manufactum: Tradition und Design

Quintessentially German brand Manufactum tries to bring back the good old times as a collection of products.

Hardenberghaus Facade Photo: Daniel
Hardenberghaus Facade Photo: Daniel

Quintessentially German brand Manufactum tries to bring back the good old times as a collection of products.

The Manufactum store sells everything from food, stationary and kitchen utensils to furniture and garden tools. The products appeal to a crowd who can afford quality and is looking for something of “lasting value”, that can potentially handed down to their grandchildren.

You’ll find high quality, preferably craft-made, things in every shape, size and price range. I personally settled for their Japan-imported Gachuck Stapler – and silently wondered how closely their focus on traditional German virtues lines up with a Japanese traveller’s dream of what the “real” Germany is.

If all that is a bit too heavy for you, don’t fret: The store also carries a collection from the Magazin sub-brand which focuses on a younger, more design-aware clientele.

In any case, don’t miss out on the architecture: Paul Schwebe’s Hardenberghaus – one of the cities most significant post-war modernist buildings – hosts the Berlin branch. You’ll also find their brot&butter bakery shop in the building which serves coffee, snacks and – you guessed it – artfully made, very German bread.

Practical Details: Manufactum Warenhaus

  • Hardenbergstraße 4, 10623 Berlin
  • U Ernst-Reuter-Platz
  • Open: Mo-Fr 10:00-20:00, Sat 10:00-18:00

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