By blending traditional Southern German craftsmanship and expertise with modern manufacturing and design talent, Lucas Schnaidt 1890 pay tribute to great designers’ and architects’ work from the past.

lucas schnaidt series produces peter zumthor's own home-designed chair
(Above) Attention to detail: each copy of the Haldenstein Chair by Peter Zumthor is numbered with embossing and certified by Lucas Schnaidt 1890



The following applies to all creative disciplines: truly unique, high-quality works of design are almost always the result of certain favorable constellations. This is just as true for directors and musicians as it is for architects and designers. Because great creative ideas can often only be realized in a team, in cooperation with collaborators.


Two years ago, the young Swiss singer, violinist and composer Chiara Dubey released an album entitled ‘Constellations’. A starry sky adorns the cover – so here, too, it’s about a special interaction that is under a good star. But how, you might now ask, do we get from album covers to a company that makes furniture?

lucas schnaidt series produces peter zumthor's own home-designed chair
The Haldenstein Chair by the Swiss Pritzker Prize winner has a very distinctive form – and was originally designed by Zumthor to furnish his own eat-in kitchen



To understand this, one could take a journey, even a trip back in time, to the year 1890 and to Steinheim an der Murr in Württemberg, Germany. In the last century, this town in the district of Ludwigsburg became an important center of chair manufacturing. Even today, the history of seven chair factories can be seen in the local museum. The Lucas Schnaidt 1890 furniture factory is located in the immediate vicinity.


The company has made the year of its founding, 1890, an integral part of its branding. On the simply designed homepage of its website,, a film welcomes visitors right at the top, presenting calm visuals and close-ups of a carefully curated selection of furniture from the manufactory.


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lucas schnaidt series produces peter zumthor's own home-designed chair

lucas schnaidt series produces peter zumthor's own home-designed chair
The chair is available in two versions, one light and one dark. The dark one shown here is called “Haldenstein Ebony”. Both are covered with hand-stitched, vegetable-tanned leather



The close-ups in particular make the precision craftsmanship of seams, wood grains, weaves and leather quality clear. The careful recordings are accompanied by Chiara Dubey’s musical composition ‘Age’, which can be found on the aforementioned album ‘Constellations’. And here, too, it’s about constellations, connections and references – in the concrete as well as the figurative sense.


Four illustrious names are highlighted, black on white, in generous, simple typography on the homepage: Peter Zumthor, Frei Otto, Karl Friedrich Schinkel and Simon Husslein. Among the four named are two Pritzker Prize winners, Frei Otto and Peter Zumthor. An impressive quartet that can also be interpreted in other ways – for here, too, an arc is drawn from the 19th century (Schinkel) to the present (Husslein).


The institutions and buildings in which objects from the furniture manufacturer can be found are also renowned, for example, Bellevue Palace as the seat of the Federal President, Villa Hammerschmidt and the Chancellor’s Bungalow in Bonn as well as the Kunsthaus Bregenz in Austria and the Bundeshaus Bern in Switzerland.

lucas schnaidt series produces peter zumthor's own home-designed chair

lucas schnaidt series produces peter zumthor's own home-designed chair
The “ONN” table by designer Simon Husslein has a solid table top and turned leg ends made of light natural solid oak. Its surface is vegetable-waxed, oiled and hand-polished



The German company’s good relations with Switzerland are no coincidence and can be traced back to the managing director and owner, Markus Landolt. The Swiss worked for many years in the same position for the oldest Swiss furniture manufacturer Horgenglarus, successfully restructured the company and sold it in 2012. Four years later, he acquired Lucas Schnaidt 1890.


Landolt’s good contacts with Peter Zumthor also stem from his time at Horgenglarus. The architect certainly needs no further introduction here. His thermal baths in Vals, the design for the Kolumba Museum in Cologne and his extension for the Fondation Beyeler in Riehen near Basel, which is currently being realized, are all masterful examples of well-thought-out, characterful architecture which point to a keen feeling for space, function and material.


The story of Zumthor’s ‘Haldenstein Chair’ is interesting in many ways – and at the same time a typical one for the furniture manufacturer. The design, in fact, was not intended to go into series production. Zumthor designed it for his own home in Haldenstein – hence the name of the chair – and more precisely, for his kitchen.

lucas schnaidt series produces peter zumthor's own home-designed chair

lucas schnaidt series produces peter zumthor's own home-designed chair
The “Table Chair” from the Lucas Schnaidt range: the famous architect Karl Friedrich Schinkel designed it in 1823. It is made of selective, light natural oak solid wood. Its seat is hand-woven from bamboo cane



Landolt continues with the story: ‘I practically begged Peter Zumthor to let me produce this chair. What perhaps convinced him was our approach to really rethinking this seating sculpture in terms of the workmanship and the materials chosen – to raise its production quality to a level that really does it justice.’


The chair comes in two finishes, a light one and a dark variation called ‘Haldenstein Ebony’. Both are distinctive in that they are upholstered in hand-sewn, vegetable-tanned young bull leather from southern Germany and the upholstery is made of natural rubber and natural coconut. Further comfort is provided by a Nosag under-springing on the seat and back. The turned chair legs are made of solid German pear wood that has been vegetable waxed, oiled and hand polished.

Each piece is numbered and certified with embossing, its seat height is 45.5 cm and it weighs 9 kg. But these are just numbers, the chair’s true quality is felt in the sitting – or even better, the owning.



Guest feature by Gerrit Terstiege / Architonic