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Entries in Germany (23)

Thursday
Jan172013

Homebox

A wooden box, the size of a standard shipping container has been reworked into portable housing. With a small footprint it comprises 3 levels with simple stairs linking dining, kitchen and toilet on the lower level, sleeping on the middle and living on the top. Usable floor area is 14 sq m with a footprint of only 7 sq m. Designed by German architectural firm Slawik as emergency or temporary housing this clever design experiment gets the mind thinking. A studio at the bottom of the garden? Guest accommodation? A teenage retreat?

Wednesday
Dec192012

bfs design

Minimalist and modern. Two spaces by Berlin based architectural firm bfs design. Retro riffs and textural wall treatments for a modernist glass atrium house or a sparsely elegant interior fitout in an historic apartment. Sophisticated and oh so German cool.

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Tuesday
Sep252012

Reader's home - Carolin's DIY apartment in Germany

Today's reader's home comes from Carolin: I'm 34-years-old and I'm living in Cologne, Germany, working as a graphic designer. I love living in a comfy & neat home and I do love to craft, so I renovated this 60 sq m apartment completely on my own. I painted the walls, built some lamps and the table, painted the chairs and did the art work (also the photos, as I love to photograph, too). Some furniture is new, some is from my grandma, and some are flea market finds - like the ladder, which I brought home by foot, though this was a 2 hour walk ;). I love the cosy vibe of Carolin's place, especially how she used paint to create interest on the walls - instead of just doing the typical focal wall. And WOW - great DIY art!

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Monday
Sep242012

Reader's home - Martin's Scandi apartment in Berlin

LOVE the following home sent in to us by Martin: We recently moved to berlin to continue our studies in architecture. We're obviously interested in scandinavian design and since we moved here I have the feeling we changed the interior every month. If I should describe our style I would say it's a good mixture of vintage classics and some modern stuff. As we have a three year old son the apartments interior is quite functional. Martin, Julia and Noah share this space, and I love how classically mid-century it is, with just the right amount of minimalism to make it homey but not stark. When you have great furnishings, sometimes less is more to really showcase the pieces. It frankly makes me want to purge. 

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Thursday
Jul122012

The home of photographer Caroline Otteni

Sitting in a meadow of flowers, surrounded by fruit trees, not far from the Baltic Sea in Germany is Haus Otteni. This old farm workers' house has been lovingly restored by its photographer owner. It's a family home of interconnecting rooms, clay plaster walls, rustic beams and a dark cave like feel. Interesting sight lines and the play of light and shadow reveal the photographer's eye. A special place that is made even more lovely by its everyday practicality. Precious but not precocious. Even better it is available for holiday rent. Sunbathing in the meadows, relaxing in the shade of a fruit tree, soft breezes blowing in from the coast. Lazy, blowsy summer days with family or friends.

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