One of our first big opportunities to transform an entire space was this lovely pied-a-terre in Berlin. The building was built in 1906 and survived the war, so we worked tirelessly to preserve gorgeous pre-war details like crown moldings, original wide-plank pine floors and soaringly tall ceilings. The question was: how do we keep the spirit of old Berlin while also integrating our soft & eroded colors of espanyolet?
It wasn’t enough to just throw some of our pillows & blankets across the bed or sofa, so together we brainstormed unique ways to bring our espanyolet aesthetic into the space. The nearly 11-foot ceilings meant that we have huge walls, and after we tore 5 layers of wallpaper off them, we were left with the most beautiful original plaster: textured & blank canvases. We decided to add our pigments to micro-cement and create a statement wall. This has turned out to be the centerpiece of the apartment: a soft & cloud-like rosé-colored wall juxtaposed next to the history of old Berlin.
Another one of our tenets is to create spaces that reveal themselves quietly over time, so we didn’t rush to fill the space with bought objects. Instead, we hired local artisans to build custom furniture for us, and we searched through Berlin’s acclaimed flea markets for purposeful pieces which honored the heritage and craft of this place + era.
The result is a soulful space flooded with sunlight…simple in palette but rich in natural materials and textures and of course with a pop of nature.