Andree Weißert

In­spired by a U-Bahn viaduct

The company’s co-owner, Christian Drescher, met Andree Weissert­ at a design festival in 2013. Tecta’s ­­presentation was entitled „Flying Furni­ture”, and Weissert’s was called „I Believe I Can Fly”. As a result of this happy coincidence, the two fell into conversa­tion, and are now working together, united in their passion for the poetry of design and the belief that it is essentially a dialogue between ideas, materials, and production techniques.

The table is the third in a series in­spired by a U-Bahn viaduct seen on a­ Sunday stroll in Berlin’s Kreuzberg dis­trict. The structure of the bridge, designed by engineers to absorb dynamic stresses, consists of loadbearing struts and braces that follow the lines of force and combine them into a functional whole. It is entirely self-contained, a quality that Weissert’s work also seeks to achieve. He describes himself as a „structural engineer of the emotions”, and his works are usually assembled in the workshop before being recorded on paper. The version with the wooden base reflects the constraints of the studio, while the tubular frame is the result of his own observations, and of conversations with Axel Bruchhäuser and Christian Drescher in the Tecta factory.

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Andree Weißert is a carpenter and architect. On these foundations he started “saw” in Berlin in 2009, a design studio with a focus on architecture, room conception and furniture design. His fascination with the potential of rooms, his passion for design and the joy he feels in creating things, are the hallmarks of Weißert’s work. His collaboration with Tecta in 2013 started with three pieces of furniture – the M36 and M36E tables and the K36 bench. This was followed by the M38, the “Red Table”, in 2015. He designed it while working on the extensive renewal of Tecta’s headquarters in Lauenförde, which has just seen its successful completion.