In 2012, German designer Valentin Loellmann took a risk on a listed heritage building in one of Maastricht’s most sought-after neighborhoods along the Maas river. The building, a former stable house, was missing a roof, all its windows, and electricity, “but I wasn’t afraid of what it would take to fix it up,” he says. It took him two years to acquire the permits to renovate the historic building, but only two months to finish the project. The result is a completely hand-built interior, with plaster walls, a carved oak staircase, handmade tile, and patinated brass kitchen cabinets—all by Valentin. Join us for a tour.
Photography by Jonas Loellmann, courtesy of
Valentin Loellmann Studio. Above: The upper floor had to be completely rebuilt. Valentin designed the bedroom addition with a pitched roof with rounded corners and a glass wall that was “pretty hard to get through the planning commission.”
Valentin, who grew up in a rural part of southern Germany, moved to the Netherlands to study product design at the Maastricht Academy of Fine Arts & Design and opened his Maastricht atelier in 2010.
Above: The glass wall is divided into three sections, with the outer framing hidden within the wall. The Calder-inspired mobile, visible through the window, was a childhood birthday present made by Valentin’s father. Above: The floors on the upper level were salvaged from Valentin’s first Art Basel solo show. The oak planks were cut to mimic the shape of a tree, then charred and polished. The curtains are hand-dyed indigo linen by local artist and friend Julia Fischer. Above: A carved plank of natural oak is set into the plaster wall as part of the bed frame. Above: A dressing room that Valentin and his girlfriend converted for their one-year-old daughter. The built-in cabinet is made of charred oak with a leather pad on top and the staircase to the left leads to the main bedroom. Above: Valentin designed and built the stair using reclaimed oak wine barrels, which he carved to achieve a curved shape. Above: The bathtub was fashioned from rosewood. Above: Valentin made the dining table in the main living space from a single piece of polished wenge wood; the storage dining bench is made of oak with woven cane panels covering the heating vents. The pendant light and stools are from Valentin’s collection, the high chair is vintage by Nanna Ditzel, and an Eames Molded Plywood Chair occupies a corner. Above: The sofa is a Hay Mags 3-Seater Sofa in leather and the rug is a gift from Valentin’s mother, who works in Africa. The floors are made of hand-polished poplar.