When our photographer friend Matthew Williams and I traveled to Washington, DC, to photograph a
new project by German design firm Studio Oink, I was glad I had just cleared up memory on my iPhone. I took a lot of snapshots. The switch plates, powder-coated hardware, iridescent curtains, paint colors, flush electrical outlets—I was in design-detail heaven. A lot of it went on my mental pinboard I call “future remodel.” Here’s a look at the genius design ideas brought to life by Studio Oink’s Lea Korzeczek and Matthias Hiller.
Matthew Williams for Remodelista; styling by Alexa Hotz. 1. Swap walls for windows. Above: With an idea borrowed from Parisian interiors and Shaker houses, Studio Oink solved the problem of a lightless hallway by tearing down the existing walls between the bedrooms and creating a glass wall. “You can guide the light into smaller or hidden rooms without losing a private atmosphere,” says Lea. 2. Match light-switch covers to the wall color. Above: Studio Oink spec’d paintable Legrand Adorne Wall Plates throughout the project and matched the color to the Farrow & Ball painted walls ( Oval Room Blue here) for a seamless effect. 3. Create an appliance alcove. Above: Rather than installing a giant stainless refrigerator standing front and center in the kitchen, the designers wanted a look that was more discreet. They extended the wall to the dimensions of the Liebherr refrigerator to create a nook. 4. Don’t skimp on hardware. Above: When the designers and the owner agreed that standard American hardware wasn’t going to fit the bill, they sourced high-end hardware from Europe and New Zealand—and often through stateside vendors online. A powder-coated Tectus Hinge from Simonswerk in Germany and edge pulls from Halliday & Baillie show that every detail was considered—and the details make all the difference. 5. Consider the Harry Potter understairs cupboard. Above: Studio Oink made use of potential storage spaces with in-line cabinets throughout the house. Here, a cabinet cut on a diagonal and a door are used for easy access to the deep storage space. 6. Bring back the hospital track. Above: Kinnasand curtains are hung on a track in both upstairs bedrooms to create an open atmosphere while “at the same time, functioning as a private and discreet retreat.” In the main bedroom, seen here, the curtains run the length of the wall to cover both windows rather than hanging on individual curtain rods.