Wilde + Spieth x Freunde von Freunden


To celebrate the launch of our collaboration with architect Daniel Libeskind, Wilde + Spieth and Freunde von Freunden invited to an inspiring evening of talks, music, and conversations at the FvF Friends Space in Berlin.

Freunde von Freunden created an extraordinary evening at which Wilde + Spieth’s CEO Thomas Gerber, Christoph Kümmecke and Katrin Greiling talked about tradition, contemporary design and its relationship to light and music – moderated by architect Julius Kranefuss.

Boaz Bar Chair by Daniel Libeskind

Christoph Kümmeche, Julius Kranefuss, Thomas Gerber and Katrin Greiling

The manufacturing of modern classics, such as the staples produced by Wilde + Spieth, is deeply connected to long traditions of craftsmanship. In contemporary contexts, these traditions are pivotal when defining high-quality interior design—the chair Boaz being a case in point. Focusing on the topic of heritage meets contemporary FvF organized a discussion panel with designer Katrin Greiling, PR consultant Christoph Kümmecke and CEO of Wilde + Spieth Thomas Gerber.

The discussion circled around the topic of quality and the question „What defines the quality of furniture?“ emerged early on. The panel agreed that there are multiply aspects to this questions but that there are some main key factors: design, craftsmanship, material, sustainalbility and timelessness.

Thomas Gerber

“Everything we do, we do with passion. The focus is always on high-quality products that speak for themselves.”

Thomas Gerber

Christoph Kümmecke

Katrin Greiling

Katrin Greiling covered the aspect of design stressing that design usually has a purpose—may it be a practical or a sculptural approach—defining the aesthetics of a product and by that finding a particular audience. Christoph Kümmecke talked about the personal relationship with a product and how it determines whether the product has a lasting impact and Thomas Gerber pointed to the long tradition of craftsmanship, the knowledge of material and technique and the special relationship with designers that make the difference when producing furniture.

Chris Lloyd (Piano) and Bethan Lillicrap (Cello)

The event was musically framed by a piano and cello performance by Chris Lloyd of Crossmodalism and Bethan Lillicrap of Rostock University of Music and Drama. Their personal interpretation of Peteris Vasks’ Dolcissimo and Sergei Sergejewitsch Prokofjew’s Sonata for Cello and Piano, Op. 119 marked a highlight of the evening.

After the panel discussion and the musical act the evening came to a relaxing end with delicious catering and cocktails that elated the mood and were the perfect occasion to get in touch and discuss the topics of the event.

Thank you
We would like to thank Freunde von Freunden, FvF Friends Space, Christoph Kümmecke, Katrin Greiling, Julius Kranefuss, Chris Lloyd, Bethan Lillicrap and all the guests that made this an evening to remember

Aimee Shirley (FvF)