Character and charm abound at this collection of industrial-chic apartments at the Spinnerei, a stones-throw from Leipzig. The former wool mill was only decommissioned in 2000 and has since become a home for creative souls. However, Manfred, the man behind the Leipzig Spinning Mill apartments, was living here for almost a decade before the factory closed down, and his love of the space and its history shines through.
The four apartments are bold and bright. One has a red floor and an old tv for a bedside table, another has drums for lights, and another - Manfred’s former flat - still features numerous sinks, as it was the ladies’ washroom. All are strikingly unique and, of course, boast artwork from the dozens of artist studios that surround the apartments. This is a text-book example of good mismatched interior design, or, as Manfred puts it, “we are enthusiastic about interior design that doesn't look like it.”
“I moved into the Spinnerei in 1994 when it was still working wool mill! It was an amazing time, and we wanted to preserve that sense of freedom and excitement in the holiday apartments.”
“I more or less built everything myself, along with the design help of Jana Gunstheimer (also in the photo!), so the original character could be preserved. The building’s architecture is so stunning that we simply opted to highlight it and its function, for instance, Apartment #1 is the formers ladies’ washroom and we kept all the sinks!”
Manfred's insider tips
Leipzig Spinning Mill is located in Leipzig, Saxony, at the heart of the former wool-factory complex.
You can reach it in just over 2 hours by car from Berlin.
It’s even quicker if you catch the train! From Berlin, it’s just 1 hour 15 by train to Leipzig Central Station, and then a 10-minute train ride to Leipzig-Plagwitz. From here, it’s a 5-minute walk to the apartments.