ISSUE 19  |  Spring Cleaning

The Ultimate General Store: Manufactum in Germany

May 12, 2012 3:30 PM

BY Sarah Lonsdale

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Is German retailer Manufactum the best store in the world? It’s like a heritage brand concept store (think Merci, Colette, or Corso Como for the sensible): the stock includes wooden brushes, enamel baking pans, Swiss army blankets, archery equipment, classic toiletries, and more.

Founded in 1987 by Thomas Hoof, who recognized a growing interest in finely crafted staples for the home (the store’s motto is “The good things in life still exist”), Manufactum has established itself on the retail scene with nine stores across the country, many of them are located in iconic buildings befitting the company’s philosophy. Hoof is no longer with the company (he went on to establish Thomas Hoof Produckt), but his guiding principle continues to animate the company. For more information and to peruse the catalog of goods, visit Manufactum.

Above: Manufactum’s Hamburg store is located in the iconic Chilehaus building, which was built to resemble a ship’s prow and is a fine example of 1920s Brick Expressionism. Photograph by S. Kopp.

Above: Photograph via Travelpod.

Above: Photograph via Travelpod.

Above: Photograph via Travelpod.