When friends offered Nora Eisermann and Laura Muthesius the use of an apartment in a farm village just beyond Berlin, it came with a shared garden and a challenge: Set in an 1880s romantic ruin, the flat hadn’t been occupied for more than a decade and lacked a kitchen. The couple longed for a retreat from Berlin but couldn’t live on takeout: Nora is a food stylist and Laura is a food photographer. And since 2013, when Laura discovered her gluten and histamine intolerance, they’ve been cooking healthy vegetarian meals together and sharing the results on their blog, Our Food Stories.
How to create an affordable, high-functioning, great-looking setup in approximately 183 crumbling square feet? They installed Ikea cabinets, fixtures, and appliances while preserving the house’s strong suit, its “rough aesthetics.” Take a look at the results.
Photography by Laura Muthesius, unless noted, courtesy of Our Food Stories.
Where’s the fridge? It’s tucked in the black cabinet next to the entry: “It was the only space left; we have a large fridge and a shallow but tall cabinet with shelves and drawers—and are really excited about all that storage in such a small kitchen. Initially we were afraid that a black cabinet might seem a little clunky, but we were pleasantly surprised.”