Green Beetle Cafe: Munich goes green

Green Beetle Cafe

The new Green Beetle Cafe from Feinkost Käfer is being launched at Ludwig Beck on Rathauseck.

On the second floor of the traditional store, fashionistas can now fortify themselves with vegetarian vegan delicacies – and at the same time enjoy the consistently sustainable ambience designed by Mauritz Design. Interior designer and architect Stefan Mauritz opened up the entire area for this purpose. “

“Everything is now airy, light and invites you to linger,” explains the Munich-based designer, who developed a sustainability concept in detail for the Green Beetle Cafe. For this, some characteristic interior elements of the highly successful Green Beetle restaurant in Schumannstraße / Bogenhausen, also designed by Mauritz Design, were newly translated in the cafe space at Beck.

Feature Opening Green Beetle Café bei LUDWIG BECK in München am 21.06.2023 Agency People Image (c) Michael Tinnefeld

Respect for resources and manufactured craftsmanship, sustainability – these core themes shape not only the culinary philosophy of Green Beetle, but also the interior design. “We are interested in the actual value of how something was made,” says Stefan Mauritz. “That’s also how we choose our partners and manufacturers.” The new Green Beetle Cafe at Beck presents a synthesis of high-class, deliberately eco-friendly and resource-saving design. Starting with the furniture and lamps and ending with the fabrics used. But for all its focus on the environment and health, the Green Beetle Cafe is also intended to be one thing above all: a place of relaxed enjoyment.

Architecture and equipment

Around eight months of project preparation, only three weeks of remodeling. For the interior decorative textiles, Mauritz Design again deliberately chose fabric manufacturers that weave sustainable fabrics from plastic or produce them from old fabrics, such as Dedar and Designers Guild. So instead of producing new fabrics, this eco-friendly upcycling uses textile remnants, plastic waste and/or yarns recycled from the fashion industry. In addition, residual materials that are left over from production as well as color and pattern samples also serve as materials. All Climatex articles used by JAB in the Green Beetle are woven in Germany and have the ÖKO-TEX certificate.

The chairs from TON were also produced in a sustainable manner and specially lacquered with ecological paint. Only wood from certified and largely local sources is used for these chairs, contributing to sustainable forest management and reducing the carbon footprint. No screws or metal parts are used. All chairs carry the ‘PEFC’ certificate.

Bespoke objects, i.e. complete custom-made products made in Germany, such as the specially made-to-measure tables from local woods, were also optimally designed by Mauritz Design to suit the spatial conditions at the earliest planning stage.

In addition, fabric luminaires for Green Beetle were reupholstered with sustainable textiles in a luminaire manufactory. The cylindrical lamps were developed by HIGHSOCIETY, a start-up from South Tyrol: The material for their objects is obtained from waste tobacco, hemp, wine and beer. Other luminous objects come from Peralta Vidavi, processed with sustainable fabrics from Designers Guild.

Graduate architect Stefan Mauritz gained experience at companies such as Rolls-Royce and Feinkost Käfer. In 2007 he founded his own office – Mauritz Design – for architecture and interior design. In the past years he has continuously perfected his philosophy of holistic architecture and interior design.

Clarissa Käfer (Aufsichtsratsvorsitzende der Käfer AG), Stefan Mauritz Opening Green Beetle Café bei LUDWIG BECK in München am 21.06.2023 Agency People Image (c) Michael Tinnefeld

Stefan Mauritz is a member of the Bavarian Chamber of Architects.

Photocredits: Michael Tinnefeld