Neue Staatsgalerie, Stuttgart, Germany

Seating refurbishment

The new Staatsgalerie building was designed by British architects James Stirling and Michael Wilford and opened in 1984. It is considered to be one of the leading examples of Postmodern architecture and the most important building of its kind in Germany. Initially controversial, with its unconventional stylistic elements the extension to the old Staatsgalerie has become an integral part of Stuttgart’s cityscape and cultural life.

Bright green is a recurring colour both on window elements and on the walls and floor of the interior. After many years of use, the seating in the large auditorium has now been refurbished, with the colour of the upholstery fabric being adapted to the overall mood of the interior.

Girsberger was commissioned with the complete overhaul of the existing 452 chairs, which were still very solid in terms of structure. The old varnish was removed from the wooden frames, and the wood was sanded and finished with a new natural wood-effect varnish. The tired upholstery was replaced with new foam that meets current fire safety regulations and covered with fabrics in three different shades of green. The work also included installing new plastic glides, panic-proof row connectors and stacking protection.



Konrad-Adenauer-Straße 30 - 32, Stuttgart, Germany

Stirling Wilford Architects

Work carried out:
Chair frames overhauled, upholstery and cover fabrics replaced, panic-proof row connectors and stacking protection installed; compliance with fire safety and sustainability criteria, transport logistics, dismantling and environmentally friendly disposal of old material

Images, building:
Staatsgalerie Stuttgart

Images, seating:
Tom Gabriel, Staatsgalerie Stuttgart and Girsberger