The mountain panorama of the Kitzbühel Alps captivates with its beauty and vastness. The scent of the coniferous forests mixes with a fresh breeze and blends into the tranquil atmosphere. The studio and production facility of interior designer Bernd Gruber is located directly in front of this unique backdrop. The current managing director took over his father’s carpentry business in 1992 and developed it into a high-quality interior decoration company. Bernd Gruber combines a total of 60 years of experience in the carpentry business with contemporary interior design, not focusing on trends, but dedicating himself unbiasedly to every new concept.
Bernd Gruber describes the company’s philosophy in simple words: “Our designs are very calm and contemporary. We try to interpret tradition a little more in a modern way and in our own thinking – without pomp and circumstance.”
An ideal room concept can only be created through close cooperation with the customer – because every personality and every room is unique. This is why Bernd Gruber tries to provide food for thought outside of everyday life and to inspire his customers with new ideas. He and his creative director Philipp Hoflehner have no creative boundaries. The two address both the location and the person in order to create an individual living experience. “Many ideas work on paper, but not in reality, because the human factor has not been taken into account. This is a game of proportions that must be optimally coordinated,” says Philipp Hoflehner. In addition, light and open spaces play an important role in the concept in order to convey freedom and comfort.
“Art can do everything; it doesn’t even have to please. Art is an end in itself and does not have to fulfil any function. The situation is different with design and layout, because they cannot exist without function.” Philipp Hoflehner works according to this principle: For him, a room must first and foremost fulfil a purpose. Art is therefore an integral part of design and enriches the overall concept with unusual and striking visuals. The ideas of the designers are implemented in the joinery, which the current production manager Alois Steger has been calling his workplace for 25 years. He has witnessed the complete development from the journeyman of the village cabinetmaker to today’s brand Bernd Gruber and is enthusiastic about his profession because he can create things with his hands. The quality and durability of wood is particularly important to him because it is the basis of his craft.
If you work in an old house, the ideal combination with modern elements must be found so that the room concept is effective. Wood, for example, is associated with tradition. In order for this material to come into its own, there must always be a contrast. The aim, as Philipp Hoflehner explains, is to find and implement the balance between individual materials and the concept as a whole.
Bernd Gruber uses natural materials such as natural stone, wood, lime paint as well as leather and fabrics without synthetic materials. The raw materials, samples and furnishings are transported in Bernd Gruber’s Mercedes-Benz fleet. Equipped with two Sprinters and a Citan, the employees supply their customers around Kitzbühel.