Experiencing textile history On 22 October 2014, President Thomas Bieger and guests inaugurated three renovated rooms in the HSG’s Kirchhoferhaus. The rooms were furnished by the St.Gallen textile company Jakob Schlaepfer. This cooperation venture came into being in the context of the Textilland Ostschweiz initiative. 23 October 2014. “Our University has always had close links with the region and the textile industry, and this in several respects,” said President Thomas Bieger on the occasion of the inauguration of the renovated rooms in the Kirchhoferhaus. “In 1898 our predecessor, the then Commercial Academy, was established at the instigation of St.Gallen’s textile industry. We owe the Kirchhofer Estate, which has been the University’s home ever since 1963, to the textile entrepreneur, politician and patron of the arts Colonel Paul Kirchhofer – or rather to a donation by his great-niece Lily Heer‑Huber to the City of St.Gallen.” “Breathing textile life into the house” Today, the University uses the ground floor of the house for receptions and meetings. The rooms can also be rented by external people through the President’s office. Martin Leuthold, Creative Director at Jakob Schlaepfer, explained the furnishings: “With the specially coordinated design – ranging from the wallpaper to the curtains – we were able to breathe back into the three representation rooms in the house the textile life which shaped its history.” Experiencing history on site The cooperation venture between the University and Jakob Schlaepfer came into being in the context of the Textilland Ostschweiz association. This association provides tourists with an opportunity to experience Eastern Switzerland’ textile know-how and heritage. This also includes the labelling of buildings that were significant in textile history with a textile “QR box”. Such a box can now also be found on the Kirchhoferhaus. These boxes enable visitors to scan an embroidered QR code at the entrance with their smartphones and call up information about the building and its history.