In Berlin’s Prenzlauer Berg neighborhood, a 452-square-foot one room rental apartment was reworked by interior designers Daniela Franceschini and Lua Gasset of
Quiet Studios. The designers created a simple kitchen and built a custom hochbett, a German loft bed, furnishing the interior with midcentury modern furniture from local dealers, woven lamps, teak mirrors, and vintage accessories from the flea markets of Germany. Here’s a look.
Above: The designers separated the studio apartment into two spaces; the loft bed is concealed behind a curtain. Here, the living area is designed with furniture that Franceschini and Gasset sourced vintage and had reupholstered. Above: On the white high table is a mushroom-shaped marble lamp bought at an antiques shop. Above: The kitchen is located off the main room in a small alcove. Above: The designers wanted to create “something done with care—not just Ikea,” so they built a made-to-measure beechwood kitchen with custom countertops, vintage accessories, and, admittedly some Ikea (the Raffinerad Oven and Lagen HGC3K Cooktop, at least). A washing machine is also integrated into the cabinetry. Above the counter is a single open shelf, also beech, with towel bars mounted on the underside to hang utensils from. Above: The simple wall shelves in the kitchen are Ikea Ekby Valter Brackets and Ekby Hemnes Shelves in birch. Above: Ninety percent of the furniture is from antiques and vintage stores. Here, a wood wall sconce found in a Kreuzberg shop, a cabinet bought from an online antiques dealer, and a vase and candleholder from the local flea coexist harmoniously. Above: To maximize space, the designers built a lofted bed and added floor-to-ceiling curtains for privacy. Above: The hochbett has a wood railing and oak curtain rod around the perimeter.
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