An industrial art studio in Berlin

Posted on Mon, 10 Feb 2020 by midcenturyjo

Inside an old Berlin factory interior architect and artist Ewelina Makosa and designer Jan Garncarek have  created a light filled art studio. “Life moves at a much slower pace here, compared to the city center of Berlin. The lack of trendy cafes and restaurants provides ideal conditions for genuine contemplation and focus. In addition, the local lake is a great summer destination.” The building had remained unnoticed until an Irish carpenter leased and renovated the property, sectioning the available space into several artistic workshops. The duo managed to save the original walls and flooring from being “renovated”. The interior, designed by Ewelina, celebrates the vertical space, over 5 meters tall.

The Tatra sofa was mass produced in Czechoslovakia in the 1950s but many of the pieces were designed by Jan himself. The glass top desk and a brass and marble coffee table are prototypes but others such as the two Hasta lamps (imitating fencing foils belonging to Jan’s grandfather),  U2  lamps and  Metropoli  Argand lamps suspended over the table are already in production and can be found at Jan Garncarek Design. “The place is like a haven to us. It lets us quieten down and focus, simultaneously providing an inexhaustible source of inspiration” says Ewelina. The light that streams through the loft windows makes the space perfect for creating the artist’s large scale works exploring memory and the remnants of the past … just like the studio itself.

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Last photo by Aleksandra Laska

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