Location: Berlin, Germany
Area: 190 sq meter
Interior design, rebuilding project, design and construction of part of the furniture, restoration of part of the furniture. Collecting polish pottery from 50-60’s and polish rugs from the 30’s and 50’s.
Loft in Berlin was established in a complex of palace buildings, that served as hospitals in the former German Democratic Republic . The first visit did not make us feel optimistic as the interior was dark and cramped. The main idea was to create an open and bright space, using very little windows. Only one room had a large window. Hence, it was necessary to create a completely new layout of rooms, eliminate several partitions, renovate joinery construction and renovate the old, wooden floor. For finishing touches we used natural plaster, created using traditional methods. The walls are off-white with a hint of a gray pigment used to make the rooms brighter and cosy.
Among the equipment (furniture and lighting) were designs of Kai Kristiansen, Arne Jacobsen, Thorup & Bonderup, Corsini & Miller Ruiz. However, I was most pleased to have had a possibility to use a desk chair designed by Finn Juhl. The chair-108 remained its perfect condition for over 35 years. It has no signs of restorations and it was brought from Copenhagen. It is extremely difficult to obtain such a piece of furniture. An important piece of equipment is also a modernist desk from 1946 made in Denmark with oak wood and a collection of polish rugs from the 20’s and 50’s. The oldest rug (office, under a coffee table) comes from the famous Grott manifactory, which was founded in 1913 by the painter Teodor Grott. In addition, a collection of polish pottery from the 50s and 60s has become a very important element of the interior.