Fossils & Architecture

“Primordial era for the living-room”: this was how the Architectural Digest described the renowned address Hauff Fossils in its “Best of Germany” issue – an apt description, since the fossils from Holzmaden adorn not only the walls of museums and collections. Private collectors and the aesthetically-minded are likewise spellbound by the well-kept secrets of the prehistoric world that are hidden in the unfathomably ancient fossils. It is not kitsch, but beauty, grace, and aestheticism, coupled with the unimaginably long history of nature, that make up this unique fascination.

Already in its third generation, the name Hauff stands for the art of preparation. Fossils are to be found throughout the world, but the exhibits from Holzmaden are unique in terms of size and their state of conservation. The marine animals that died here 180 million years ago have been preserved in rare perfection by the particularly fine bottom sediment. Even today, researchers and discoverers find extremely well-preserved fossils, which as unique witnesses to evolution open up a small window to prehistoric times. Each and every find is unique – a rare, unmistakable jewel that cannot be reproduced, which requires a considerable expenditure of time and experience to prepare by hand. Each fossil represents a unique snapshot from prehistoric times: powerful, enduring and full of beauty.

An expressive artefact for a special architectonic atmosphere, a showpiece that is capable of enhancing the spatial effect of a location – from public sphere to private ambience – and that can be integrated as a decorative element into any architectural environment in a timeless and yet thoroughly modern manner. A fossil best comes to effect when embedded in a plate of rough slate from the quarries in the Holzmaden area. The discernible renewed trend towards the use of dark slate, above and beyond its use for kitchen benches and tabletops, testifies to a new-found appreciation of this natural material. The smooth transitions from floors to walls and from exterior to interior yield fascinating new insights into spatial effects. Robust, and yet emotionally and sensually perceptible, a fossil can serve as a focussing element: as a witness to millions of years of natural history, as inspiration for diverse design creations, as a natural work of art presented in a classical spatial environment, or incorporated into a contemporary, expansive architectural setting – whether it be in private residences and living environments, in the decoration of wellness facilities and private swimming pools, in hotels and restaurants, or in offices and administration buildings with representative spaces. Allow yourself to be inspired by the fascination of the prehistoric world.