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Prof. Hermann Mattern - House and Garden Paepke

Professor Hermann Mattern (1902-1971) was the most important German landscape architect of the 20th century.

He studied in Berlin at the "Lehr- und Forschungsanstalt für Gartenbau" and in Weimar at the "BAUHAUS".
The "BAUHAUS" was a famous school in Germany that combined crafts and the fine arts with a unique approach to design. The "BAUHAUS" style became one of the most influential currents in modernist architecture and modern design.

Mattern also worked as an architect and collaborated with many well-known landscape gardeners, architects and artists such as Walter Gropius, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Oskar Schlemmer, Hans Scharoun, Sep Ruf, Hugo Häring and Gerhard Graubner.

In the 1920s and 1930s he was a member of the "Bornimer Kreis", a circle of architects, musicians, writers, and other artists and intellectuals like landscape architect Karl Foerster and Herta Hammerbacher (Mattern and Hammerbacher were married for seven years), pianist and composer Wilhelm Kempff, conductor and composer Wilhelm Furtwängler and architects Otto Bartning and Hans Poelzig.

Professor Hermann Mattern planned the 1955 "Bundesgartenschau" ("Federal Horicultural Show") in Kassel, Germany.
He was a founding member of the "documenta" , one of the most important exhibitions of modern and contemporary art.

Mattern started planning "House and Garden Paepke" in 1957 and constructed this stunning mid-century modern home from 1958 to 1960.

"House Paepke" features 130 square metres of living space and a separate garage. Lying on a hill with a fantastic vista, it is surrounded by 2800 square metres of garden.

You can find "House and Garden Paepke" in Carlsdorf, Germany, a small village in North Hesse on the "Deutsche Märchenstraße" ("German Fairy Tale Route"), quite near to the "Reinhardswald" - home to countless myths and legends, like the Grimm's Fairy Tales. 337 years ago Carlsdorf was the first colony of French immigrants, the Huguenots, in Hesse.

Please feel free to write and request further information or let me know if you can help out with classic furniture and fittings, informed advice or any kind of donation to help financing and realising this unique and exciting project.

Thank you very much!

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