Carolin Fieber’s Kautsch Collection Carries on a Family Tradition
Fashion Designer Carolin Fieber certainly seems to have achieved a trifecta in regards to vocation. Not only does she possess a surname apropos of the material of her trade, she also has the family connections and, it would seem, the genetic disposition, to design fashion-forward furnishings. Fieber's great-great-grandfather was the great German patron of handcrafted upholstery Johann Bretz, who created his first couches, as well as his manufacturing business, some 115 years back in the Rhine River locale of Gensingen.
Kautsch. Designed by Carolin Fieber.
The company still bears his surname and-even more impressive-still operates out of the very same town. And what's more, Bretz now boasts the services of philosophical heiress Fieber, whose Kautsch collection lives up to the Bretz standard of "blending craftsmanship with passion, quality with imagination, tradition with avant-garde..."
In addition to the company's reputation for beautiful, handcrafted upholstery, it's also known for grand gestures. Fieber's Kautsch definitely wears its emotions on its sleeve. The circular Kautsch sofa exudes an all-encompassing luxury. Some of Bretz's accompanying pr photos highlight the piece's decadence and sex appeal, but it also appears soothing and embracing-especially in the plush fabric pictured. Nor should this particular purple incarnation constrain your interpretations of Fieber's collection. As with all Bretz furnishings, Kautsch comes in a style and shade to suit the whims of emotion-consult Bretz's interactive upholstery application to see beyond fabric, as Kautsch is also available in leather, velour, or shiny velvet, each in a color palette to rival that of Joan MirÃ³ or Jackson Pollock.
Kautsch also comes in multiple styles. There's a single-serving chair that resembles the Pillsbury Doughboy's baseball glove (or how one imagines this hypothetical artifact to appear), such is its plush surround; and there's a subtly arcing loveseat with a profile similar to recent work by Karim Rashid (see Koochy Sofa); there's even a striped chaise that evokes the whimsy of Pierre Paulin. Somewhere in among the great, big candy jar of those myriad choices, Fieber's Kautsch has the right flavor for you.
Photos via Contemporist.
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