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.
Last photo by Aleksandra Laska
I published this post a couple of weeks before Christmas but I was a bad girl. I broke a press embargo but now that it has been published in Country Style magazine it’s time to feature this amazing holiday getaway again. An absolute must stay.
Introducing Room + Board the latest in the stable of fabulous accommodation properties by stylist and decorator Lynda Gardener. The purpose built open plan barn in the Victorian country town of Daylesford is part warehouse, part greenhouse and totally delicious. The perfect getaway for couples or single guests in Gardener’s signature style you can book here.
I love seeing how designers live. Case in point, the converted East London warehouse of Rachel Chudley. Her creativity and love of textures, colours and patterns in completely random pairings makes her home an absolutely feast for the eyes. (Photos: Paul Massey)
I’m chasing the dream in the Melbourne suburb of Brunswick where a warehouse conversion with separate studio at the rear has caught my eye. The unimposing gray facade provides no clues as to the industrial meets textural, monochrome with a hint of coastal interior. Shouldn’t work you’d think but what could have been a stark interior is warm and welcoming. Bonus is if I buy it you can come visit and stay in the cute as a button studio. Link here while it lasts.
If you like your warehouse conversion more traditional, all industrial features,beams and brick then this one is for you. I’m real estate scrolling in Leichhardt just one suburb over from our last house. Love the central atrium with its outdoor shower (or is that just a piece of art?), the bathtub and all that glass. The architect is Petar Danicic. So having seen the two different warehouses which one is your favourite. Link here while it lasts.