The Style Files No. 8London dwellers, prepare to be envious of this space..
Dear house snooper, it’s Topology’s Amy writing. I’m feeing a tad humbled that this week’s Style Files features none other than my own beautiful apartment in Berlin! I would love to start reeling off each detail I chose to make this place great, but it was in fact my housemate and owner of the apartment, Jakob, that designed it. I’ve always known that he’s pretty design savvy but I didn’t realise just how considered his design was until I got asking questions…
…A short background on Jakob: he’s from Bavaria and studied political science before embarking on a successful career in political film making, which he does now. He came to Berlin in 2003 and purchased our loft style apartment in 2010. The building is pretty insane and was originally a piano factory – read to to find out about his design process.
ORIGINALLY A PIANO FACTORY, THIS WEEK TOPOLOGY’S AMY REVEALS ALL ABOUT HER CURRENT HOME.
What was the design process behind your home?
Well I was moving from a small flat to a much bigger space so I had no furniture that fitted the dimensions. I kept searching around for large scale furniture but literally nothing was big enough and I didn’t want to spend much money so I started looking online and in vintage shops where I found a bigger variety ofd scale. Most of the furniture ended up being 70s Danish design and none of it was that expensive. People always think it was a very conscious design process but I collected all of the pieces over time – I really searched around, looked over blogs etc to find out where to get the cheaper stuff. Also, to be honest, because of the amount of space I was lucky not to have to think about functionality too much – everything fits with still ample space.
What is the inspiration behind your home?
The most important inspiration was the industrial character of the apartment. The place was once a factory and it has 6 columns and ‘Klappdeckel’ (hinged ceiling), so I wanted the design to be industrial too to reflect this. But it’s still my home and it has to be cozy, so the connection between the two is made by the elements of wood everywhere – the side board, floor, and antique coffee table, then the woody tones of the fabric of the sofa. Through this it becomes unified. I was also inspired by things that relate to industry, for example the film lights, which I found second hand online. I work in film so that definitely influenced me!
- What would be your advice to someone who wants to create a home like yours?
Light light light. And make it dim-able! That is the most important thing. It’s not that expensive but it really makes such a big difference. I would also say put things that you like in the spotlight, literally shine lights on them. Don’t fill up a place too much and don’t use too much colour. Always search for something that’s unique – it takes a while but it’s worth it, be patient. Try to coordinate some styles, for example I have a 70s table, 1940s film lights and a 90s kitchen.
How would you define your style?
industrial & minimalist
Money no object, where would your dream home be?
Of course an old industrial warehouse in New York! Maybe Soho or the high floor of an old Williamsburg warehouse.
If you could only own one homeware item, what would it be?
I would have a Louis Paulsen artichoke lamp. Or a huge piece of art on the wall when you come in.