At Home: Nella Rieken & Martin Aleith

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Visiting Nella and Martin in her Mitte Plattenbau flat turned out to be the perfect Saturday activity – while having a coffee and chat with Nella, her daughter Tessa decided to build a road of books from the living room all the way to the kitchen, and finally invited us for a game of Mensch ärgere Dich nicht, a classic German board game.

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Turns out Tessa already has a high interest in photography, and a surprisingly good eye for pictures for a four year old. So she opted for taking pictures herself during our short session, instead of focussing on quietly sitting for me.

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Nella and Martin are both graphic designers, Martin being a part of Pfadfinderei and Nella working as a freelance on various projects. Her latest project is called Ai, a collaboration with artist and cook Oliver Prestele, in which they hand-dye fabrics with natural indigo from Japan.

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The little family and their two cats lives in a Plattenbau at Friedrichstraße, a rather odd area they like because it’s as central and bustling as it’s anonymous and private. I instantly felt comfortable in the flair of their home – while it certainly does have some peculiar objects decorating the rooms, like the wooden turtle from the opera fund or the bag of tennis balls hanging on the window, it doesn’t feel overly styled or meticulously arranged.

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  1. David on


    oh, very minimal cozy

  2. SabinePsynopsis on


    “Let’s show these photographers a bit of true Berlin messiness!” he thought.

  3. Cuentitos on


    wtf? what’s sooo special about this?

  4. kitsch insect on


    this is a director house yes i love it, cool.

  5. Anonymous on


    Nun wird mir so einiges klarer… (bezügl. seiner Inszenierungen) :-)

  6. Horst on


    so siehts bei mir auch immer aus wenn ich was gesucht habe….

  7. Annie on


    und was sagt uns dieses bild? :)
    ich finde seine wohnung einfach nur KALT

  8. gih on


    Wow! How could he imagine that dirty surroundings as his home to clean it up?

  9. Oana on


    Beautiful chaos!

  10. eva.ricarda on


    wow, das ist genau, wie ich mir rené polleschs home vorgestellt hätte. toll, mal ein bild von diesem großartigen typen hier bei at home zu finden

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  12. Anonymous on


    schon mal darüber nachgedacht, dass man sein zu hause vielleicht auch bisschen inszeniert, wenn jemand zum fotografieren kommt.

  13. Mary on


    stimmt, das machen manche. in dem fall ist es nicht so – er hatte unseren termin zudem völlig vergessen.

  14. Me on


    Leave out the person and you have a perfect Thomas Demand..

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