Content - References: Renovation, testing, servicing
Alte Mühle, Langenthal,
The Alte Mühle in Langenthal is a magnificent 16th-century listed building. Today, it houses a restaurant, various rooms for individual functions and banquets as well as training and meeting rooms. Since 1995 the secretariat of the D'S Design Center AG has also been located here, which organizes the well-known Designers' Saturday every two years. In 2012, Girsberger renovated over 100 tables, 600 chairs, five bar counters and other items of furniture for the Alte Mühle, made new tabletops and delivered visitors' chairs. The order was a logistical challenge: within just ten days tabletops were sanded down or stripped, metal frames overhauled, tables and chairs revarnished, wood touched up, and upholstery cleaned.
Hotel Bodenhaus, Splügen,
Nestled among beautiful mountains, Splügen is considered one of the oldest and most authentic mountain pass villages in Graubünden. It is still clear today how important Splügen was as a hub for travellers crossing the pass. Hotel Bodenhaus is part of the village's history, and was built in 1722 to provide accommodation for wagoners and goods in transit. The hotel has regained its original character over the past few years thanks to comprehensive, careful renovation works. Girsberger played a part by renovating and re-upholstering the chairs.
Egghölzli Apartments for senior citizens, Berne, Switzerland
Egghölzli Apartments for senior citizens, Berne, Switzerland. When the time came to replace the chairs in the dining room of the Egghölzli apartments for senior citizens in Berne, Girsberger proposed refurbishing the existing furniture rather than replacing it. As a test, Girsberger restored two chairs. The response was positive, and the cost was much lower compared with the option of replacing all the chairs, so Girsberger transported all 170 chairs to its factory, tested them for stability, reglued the ones that needed mending, and repainted, stuffed and upholstered them. The 10-metre long seat bench from the dining room was also restuffed and recovered. Because there was a shortage of chairs, Girsberger also produced 20 new ones based on the same model.
PricewaterhouseCoopers, Zurich, Switzerland
Carsten Roth, Hamburg
PricewaterhouseCoopers, Zurich, Switzerland. With over 2,600 employees, PwC is one of the largest auditing companies in Switzerland. Girsberger was tasked with testing and servicing all 2,340 chairs – all kinds of products from different manufacturers – after five years of use at PwC’s main office in Birchstrasse, Zurich-Oerlikon. Screws were tightened and minor service jobs carried out. For reasons of hygiene and aesthetics, all upholstery was thoroughly cleaned in a process involving several stages. Worn upholstery was replaced but all of the chairs could still be used. Twenty five people worked on four Saturdays to complete this large project.
Ernst Gisel und Giovanni Crivelli
Parktheater Grenchen, Switzerland. At the grand opening of the Parktheater Grenchen in the Canton of Solothurn, Switzerland in 1955, architect Ernst Gisel from Zurich proclaimed that there was no other building in Switzerland quite like it. In constructing this multipurpose building, which followed thirty years of planning, Mr Gisel said that Grenchen had entered totally new territory. In 2009, the Parktheater, a historic-cultural monument, became a listed building. It has since undergone careful renovation in close collaboration with the cantonal preservation authorities and Grenchen’s municipal planning department. Part of the process involved renovating and repainting the theatre’s 700 wooden chairs in five phases. The chairs are the classic Moser 1-250 model designed by Werner Max Moser in 1931. The chairs consist of a seat frame, back and legs made of shaped solid wood and are still produced today, as back then, by Horgenglarus furniture factory in Glarus. Parallel to the overhaul of the chairs, Girsberger produced and delivered eighty new, matching tables.
Theater Basel, Switzerland
Felix Schwarz, Rolf Gutmann und Frank Gloor
Theater Basel, Switzerland. Theater Basel was opened on 6 October 1834. Back then, it was called Theater auf dem Blömlein. The theatre has a long history steeped in tradition. The current theatre building was constructed over a period of six years and finished in 1975.
In 2010, the Office of Civil Engineering of the City of Basel approved the renovation of the seating for the Kleine Bühne stage. During an eight-week period, a total of 458 theatre chairs were dismantled and covered with new saddle leather. All the metal frames were checked and the tension springs replaced. All the folding seats were then delivered on time.
In 2010, Theater Basel was chosen for the second time in a row as Opera House of the Year in a survey of critics by the opera magazine Opernwelt
Concert Hall Bad Salzuflen,
SBP Architects, Bad Salzuflen, Germany
Concert Hall Bad Salzuflen, Germany. The town of Bad Salzuflen in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia has subjected its concert hall, built in 1963, to a complete renovation. The building, located in the spa gardens, is under historical preservation protection and is considered to be an outstanding example of spa architecture in the nineteen sixties. After the decision against installing new seats for aesthetic and ecological reasons, it became necessary to find means of refurbishing the old and worn audience seats. Girsberger was able to provide the necessary capacity and know-how. At Girsberger's production plant in the German town of Endingen, the old covers and the foam padding were removed, sorted and disposed of, new foam padding was glued to the seats, the covers were cut and sewn, and the seats received their new upholstery. This all took place within a period of two months. The seats were returned and remounted promptly in time for the opening of the season on May 21, 2010.