We are Kentholz. Making beautiful, sustainable furniture from reclaimed, historic materials in Berlin is what we do. It's nice to meet you!
Old is the new New
If you’re new to us, Kentholz is a small but merry band of dedicated craftsmen. At the heart of what we do is the aspiration to make a difference, in more ways than one.
At Kentholz, we reimagine what repurposing is.
5 years ago, the journey began when thinking about whether woodworking and furniture building could be done differently. We asked whether or not it was possible to responsibly make products from wood given the challenges of today’s environmental emergency.
Because of the scale of the problem, most of us feel a certain powerlessness when thinking about climate change, and often the hope is that somebody out there somewhere is busy making the changes we need. We had to keep reminding ourselves that we all have the means to take action towards change, no matter how small that change might seem.
But again, we stumbled into the same tricky question; how can we share our passion for woodworking whilst limiting the impact on our planet’s forests as much as possible? Thankfully, we didn’t have to look far, as solutions can be found in the unlikeliest of places.
Kentholz is at home in Berlin, the tech-savy European capital famed for its history of overcoming insurmountable odds. A place now settled in the progressive groove of green spaces and a culture of repurposing and upcycling materials.
And that’s where our core philosophy was formed. With so much unused wood already uprooted and without purpose in the world, why not take that wood and create something both thoroughly practical and also beautiful?
Getting to Work
We began to look for material that didn’t need to be torn from a forest, wood that had already served a purpose and was otherwise going to waste. We found open slab pieces of beautiful worn pine once used rebuilding Berlin after the Second World War, and in the Alps we found 800 year old wood from cattle huts being taken apart, ostensibly in the name of “land development”.
Instead of the carbon locked inside this centuries-old material being released in the fires of an incinerator, we carefully craft it into our bespoke furniture so that it can serve a new purpose as a centrepiece in our lives.
The hope being that as the furniture we make finds its way into people’s homes, that the story of what it is and where it comes from at the very least sparks a conversation about how materials are used, and how answers to difficult questions can often be surprising.
As we continue along this path of refining our craft and growing our business, we acknowledge that no model is perfect. There’s still work to be done in terms of reducing our impact as much as possible.
But, as the saying goes, “sustainability is a journey, not a destination”, that’s why we’ve felt the need to engage and open an ongoing conversation with this blog, our Journal.
We want to explore stories around the world similar to ours and to invite the community to reach out with ideas and stories of their own.
The idea was always to create something beautiful that spoke to our place in the world. We’re delighted to share our product, and are proud to be a small part of a bigger and better picture.