Maximilian Pauen

Maximilian Pauen

Co-Founder

Bullenberg

Berlin

Maximilian Pauen studied architecture at the Technical University of Vienna and has worked for architectural and design studios in Vienna, Berlin and Arezzo. Prior to his studies, he apprenticed furniture designer Paul Kelley in London. Max has won numerous competitions in housing and urban design.

Maximilian was the founder of Bullenberg – A young furniture label from Berlin. With wood from their own forest, they manufacture custom, artfully designed furniture for design savvy people.

All of our products are made exclusively of oak from these local forests in Saxony-Anhalt. Bullenberg is defined by the beauty and strength of wood as a material, architectural design and integrity, and the fundamental commitment to local manufacturing. Each piece of furniture is crafted individually and is therefore entirely customizable.

We began in 2013, when a mutual friend was looking for a solid oak table top for his Kreuzberg home. Everything that was available in Berlin was too inconvenient and expensive. So, Albrecht suggested that he could supply this friend with some oak from  the von Alvensleben forest – with success. At that point, it occurred to us that we could be designing and manufacturing tables ourselves.

Albrecht and Maximilian Pauen design and manufacture handcrafted wooden tables out of oak wood, taken from the forest of the von Alvensleben family in Saxony-Anhalt, 200 km west of Berlin. The manufacturing process is very personal to the two architects: they carefully select each tree before processing them into logs. Everyone involved in the production is located within a 15 km radius, thus ensuring that each table has been individually crafted and can be entirely customizable.

Articles featuring Maximilian Pauen

Turning Ideas into Products: 5 Architects who Successfully Sell their Designs

The emergence of interconnectivity, smart and sensor-driven designs, home automation, clean energy, shared knowledge, and efficient software have created numerous opportunities for those looking to build their businesses around products. This includes architects who, by design, have a large skill set that allows them to engage with a wide variety of business models. The idea […]

Architecture and Design: How to Build a Furniture Brand with Bullenberg

Welcome back to “Archipreneur Insights”, the interview series with leaders who are responsible for some of the world’s most exciting and creatively disarming architecture. The series largely follows those who have an architectural degree but have since followed an entrepreneurial or alternative career path but also interviews other key players in the building and development […]

Quotes from Maximilian Pauen

  • "I believe that if you create an object from start to finish, you have much more influence on its details than you do in architecture."
  • "In creating furniture, especially wood, you can really breathe life into it. The creation process is not as pragmatic; it is much more emotional."
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