The Style Files No. 35Neo-Baroque beauty in Berlin
Hello there interiors fanatics. Another week has passed and it’s time to show you around another enviable home. This week we spoke to Berlin based interior designer and founder of Quiet Studios, Daniela, about her dreamlike one bedroom apartment in the heart of Berlin. It’s worlds apart from the Lincolnshire cottage we featured last week, but that’s what we love – showing you the interior creations by all sorts of people. Daniela’s Berlin apartment tells a story through it’s collection of ornaments from all over the world, and retains it’s authentic character through it’s striking Neo-Baroque features. It doubles up as a home, a workspace and even a showroom for Daniela to display items to her clients. Take a look for yourself…
What was the inspiration behind the home?
The Neo-Baroque architecture of the house is inspirational in itself. The quality of the construction and craft of Baroque is something you can’t access anymore. The building was built in 1905 and the original elements still remain. The owner of the house at the time was Mr. Korner, who was very into Egypt and archaeology (very hip back then). He designed the Art Deco door handles that look like Egyptian wings in brass. My house is my personal experiment. It’s an endless process where I experience colour, light and different object combinations. It’s the place where I work and display my work so it’s sort of a workshop and showroom at the same time! Since I’ve been working with my business partner Lua the big room in the middle has become an office. So I guess my home is inspired by being practical and multi-functional.
“Fill your home with things that are either extremely beautiful or extremely functional. The rest is clutter.”
What was the design process of your home?
In order to design my clients’ homes, I need a workshop studio to experiment, which is my home. It’s like a hotel for furniture; some objects stay few weeks, others longer. Art pieces come and go – at the moment I have a couple of wool rugs from Josep Maynou, which are normally in galleries and I wanted to see them with wooden floors in a homely atmosphere. Right now I also have some art sculptures from the Brazilian artist Antonio DEDEde, which contrast with the 19th century chimney of my living room and the19th century wooden mirror on the blue wall in my bedroom. I have pieces I buy in markets around the world, I look for weird antique holes when I travel and buy objects from auction houses because I like the stories behind them. Objects are a source of knowledge in the process of designing a space. Many times the things I buy don’t have a concrete place to be at first, but I always find a home for them. Every corner of my apartment is in constant change as part of the continuous experimentation.
What would be your advice to someone wanting to create a home like yours?
- Less is more.
- Quality over quantity.
- Fill your home with things that are either extremely beautiful or extremely functional. The rest is clutter. Nowadays we all suffer from over-collecting. We don’t have enough space to put everything we buy. Many studies show how objects cause stress and anxiety, thus being selective is important. My house has always been a collection of curiosities, but I try to have just the objects that I need or mean something to me. I had to learn this through the coexistence with my partner. I had to examine which were our real needs and how to adapt the interior of our house just with the meaningful objects needed.
What is the single most important thing to remember when decorating a room?
I think the most important thing is light, and adding some craft detail. Some rooms we use more during the day and others only during nighttime. Think how it would work by studying the space at different times of the day. Also, use the space both vertically and horizontally. That its good for decor and storage wise, and give you a good balance.
What is your favourite spot in the house and why?
During the short summer of Berlin I love to spend time in the garden growing plants. In winter my favourite spot is next to the chimneys of the house. For me the chimney is a pure sensorial element, it relaxes me, I love the crispy sound, the smell of the wood burning which floods the whole house and I love staring the beautiful 19th century craft, which has been there for more than 100 years. During the day we light the fire in the kitchen to have a glass of wine while cooking or after eating, At nights my bed is strategically located so I can see the chimney. I leave the doors of the sleeping room open so I can watch the wood melting.This makes me feel very lucky.
How would you describe your style?
I believe in conscious consumption and this is strictly related to timeless value. A piece of art will always have a value in the industry for the work behind that object. It becomes patrimony, which lasts forever. I will not get tired of a good quality objects with a special meaning. That uniqueness is the most important aspect in my designs. I am very careful when it comes to spend other people’s money. It’s important to consider the value and effort behind. Also it’s very important to build trust.