T O R S T R A S S E A P A R T M E N T - B E R L I N
FUNCTION | Domestic LOCATION | Berlin CLIENT | Private. SERVICES | Interior Design Concept
Furnishing, Purchasing & Styling
We were invited to re-design this beautiful apartment on Torstrasse, in the center of Berlin, for a family who had been living in the space for about 4 years but just could not make it work for them.
The bones of this eaves apartment are beautiful, and we wanted to pay homage to the famillies Finnish heritage by keeping the palette muted and earthy, without of course, being without character.
We started from a stunning piece of art and drew our palette from its tones. The large living/dining space was connected with a corner sofa in a beautiful dusky mauve, while we added texture with this incredible original berber rug, sourced from artisan suppliers in Morocco.
The dining space was defined with a large rug and a solid oak table, offset with stunning velvet, high back chairs.
The whole space is dreamy and cohesive, whilst also allowing family life with a one year old to flow, beautifully and safely.
'THE DUTY OF A HOME IS NOT ONLY TO BE
FUNCTIONAL, BUT ALSO BEAUTIFUL, ACTING AS A CONSTANT SOURCE OF INSPIRATION FOR ITS INHABITANTS '
As the hallway was such an expansive space, we wanted to create more purpose to it, rather than allowing it to be merely a conduit from one space to another.
We painted the wall a gentle shade of grey to create some depth and catch the variety of light shades that comes from the skylights. We then added some custom painted, off the ground cupboards along 5m of space, creating a grounding element to the art gallery wall, as well as a huge amount of storage for all the families work and play gear.
This simple transformation offered so much value to the space, which now feels both beautiful and purposeful.
Also, the palette that runs throughout the home is designed to be completely cohesive without being regimented or repetitive, so even with all the doors open, the flashes of each room are harmonious.
Formerly a guest bedroom-come-office space, we wanted to create a beautiful nursery for a sweet baby girl.
Of main importance in here, was to create a calm and comfortable nursery that could grow with her. A super textural rug on the floor creates both warmth and an inviting space to be on the floor playing. A life size modern art style dalmation is a beautiful and fun element, and can be sat on as a chair. The velvet sofa is comfy for relaxing during reading time, as well as pulls out to a double bed for occasional guests.
The rose wall behind the cot, with its customised matching pink lamp, is cozy and warm, and finished off with prints from a berlin based illustrator and overall creates a real sense of belonging to this room, which is all about its little dweller.
The bedroom was where we made one of the most profound differences in the form of this apartment, creating this light and restful sanctuary, where both beauty and romance co-exist.
The beautiful oak furniture and gold accents create a sense of quiet, natural luxury, and are set off by the pampas and pussy willow deco. The bed, was already owned, and we integrated it into the natural scheme with beautiful ashes of roses linen sheets. The owners also needed the room to perform double duty as an office so we installed a stunning, minimalist desk, with a cozy, but back friendly chair.
The closet space prior to the re-design was in freestanding furniture pieces that dominated the room, so by custom designing and building in closet space in the eaves space we were able to open up the whole rest of the room. My favorite element is the hand carved, oversized oak handles that I had my craftsmen create. They are absolutely stunning and really make the space feel super luxe.
This space was transformed to a restful, romantic oasis, and has given new purpose to the space.
'A BEDROOM SHOULD BE A SANCTUARY FOR GODS AND GODDESSES TO RECHARGE,
AND COME ALIVE AGAIN AND AGAIN AND AGAIN'
'EACH DAY, YOU SHOULD WAKE UP IN YOUR OWN PERSONAL PARADISE'
Photography by Daniel Willis Photography