School, hospital, home. The bricks and mortar of this building, which now houses modern apartments, once saw kids lope and doctors stride down the valuted-ceiling corridors. Stripped back and reinterpreted, the white-washed oak flooring and creamy walls presented a blank canvas upon which to inject subtle pops of colour whilst retaining the light and airy appeal.
The couple inhabiting this 4th floor apartment in Weissensee, Berlin, wished to leave behind their mish-mash furniture from young adult life, in exchange for a family-friendly and grown-up interior. The open-plan kitchen, dining and living room now features hues from Farrow and Ball, a solid oak dining table from Nuts & Woods and carefully selected soft furnishings.
Light-flooded and carefully executed, it presented a great space to collaborate with the talented photographer Magnus Pettersson and concept store The Amazing Crocodile. In these pictures, the space has been given a muted but colourful vibe, using pieces from designers like Muller van Severen.
Example project for a local real estate agent looking to give a high-end property emotional impact.
The Tiny Rental Home
Tiny spaces (this one measures a petite 32m2 ) are the trend du jour. However, glorious as they are, they present many challenges in the design process: fitting in everything one could need for a comfortable life whilst avoiding that “boxed in” feeling.
Together with a great team of carpenters, we carefully whittled down our options to ensure the custom furniture makes the most of the space without feeling clunky.
As the client wished to rent out fully-furnished, the aim was to create a cosy boutique-hotel feeling, that could easily be personalised with a few decorative touches by the tenant.
A labour of love that took over a year to complete, the evolution of this space represents my personal style whilst respecting rental restrictions. With an emphasis on the significance of individual objects and some minimalist restraint, the multifunctional living space utilises a high/low mix of furnishings. The kitchen features Ikea cupboards and custom shelving. A farmhouse sink, oak worktop and vintage milk pails are a gentle nod towards my country roots.
Asana Rebel Office
Berlin meets LA in this office design for the dynamic yoga-inspired fitness startup Asana Rebel. At the core of the company is video content with a strong Californian influence (think sun-drenched workouts) – its base is, however, in Berlin.
A short brief left a lot of room for creativity. Previously the space was split into many smaller rooms, completely covered in green carpeting and strip lighting. In close collaboration with the property developers, the office has been hauled into the 21st century and now fuses paired-back, industrial elements with a bolder LA-inspired vibe.
Jan 2017: Styling collaboration with affordable online art store Juniqe.com. Minimal decorative objects were used to highlight the artwork, stationery and pillows.
The Circus Hotel
Located in a prime spot in Berlin-Mitte, The Circus Hotel offers a stylish stay in the city. For its in-house magazine and website, I was asked to style various rooms and collaborated with Zoë Noble Photography.
Private Living Room
This project was commissioned by a young professional couple seeking to give their living and dining room a more grown-up yet cosy feel. The neutral backdrop allows personal items – such as the photographs – to stand out. The concept was designed around existing items like the vintage armchair. High-end textiles – from the soft, pure wool throws to the light linen-mix curtains – round off the look.
Überlin’s space features beautiful architectural details that demand subtle styling. Decorative highlights underline the business branding and reflect the owners’ personalities. Succulents and vintage seating provide a “home away from home” office setting. // To find out more visit überlin.
Upon launching in Germany, Houzz, the online platform for home remodelling, required an office in tune with its American counterpart. A fixed brief provided branding guidelines. Project management included coordinating tradespeople and adapting colour schemes and furnishings to fit the European style.
This kitchen originally comprised a jumble of separate units, including a 1950’s-style sink and crammed, freestanding shelving. Alongside storage maximisation, the client requested a space suitable for temporary rental that she would later use/live in herself. This demanded a careful examination of the budget and materials. The final design incorporates a mixture of high and low-end fittings. A bespoke, hardwearing granite worktop and crackle glaze subway tiles add points of interest to an otherwise sleek and practical space.