Interview with Maasberg | In our interview serie we ask designer and manufacturer to answer the same 6 questions about their company, their idea about design and sustainability and what is important for them.

Following the answers from owner Gunter Maasberg.

About Maasberg

For over eight decades the name of Maasberg has stood as a guarantee for textile expertise born of passion. Even though colours and decor may change, the passion with which the family company is run by Gunther Maasberg, member of the fourth generation, is the same as it was in the year 1925 (when Ludwig Maasberg founded the company). Maasberg is “The Fensterieur“ and as a one stop shop today stands for ecological room solutions around the window as well as for functional aesthetics and flexibility in the textile sector.


The feischee-cotton fr collection combines the advantages of cotton as a natural material with the safety standards that are required for contract fabrics: fire-proofed, ecologic and economic.

What is sustainable about your products?

Everything because all fabrics are made from the same material: certified organic cotton: for public purposes such as hospitals and schools, curtains made of polyester (= plastic) have been hanging on for 40 years for fire safety reasons. With our “feischee cotton fr” collection, we now meet these requirements with a natural, renewable and compostable material.

Which are the 3 most suitable adjectives to describe this and why?

Sustainably hygienic – permanently flame-retardant: with the ecological material of the organic cotton, we meet the fire protection regulations with a natural material. On the other hand, these substances without plastic have hygienic, health and haptic-aesthetic benefits (cookable, hypoallergenic) over the polyester fabrics.

What is the secret to your success?

Working in a team – listening – customer orientation: “It’s not the size of the boat, it’s the motion of the ocean.”

What is it you like about InteriorPark.?

That InteriorPark takes the user by the hand: and how a strong brand communicates: “You can trust me, we test and test for you, the rules are transparent: what we say true and what we present to you keeps what it promises “.

What is good design?

When client asks: „please make a great design“. What they are saying is: “please change the way I see my world.”

What are the greatest challenges for design in future?

Design is art that makes itself useful. Design must not degenerate into the elitist fig leaf of the investment. Rosenthal once said: Out of the showcases: On the table!

For me Bauhaus is e.g. not a style, but an attitude: Steve Jobs put it this way: “Design is not just how it looks, but how it works.” Good design is valuable, meaningful and timeless: I am optimistic: and optimism has none decreasing marginal utility!