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Author: Mary Scherpe

At Home: Lisa Van Houtem

Lisa is a true lover of her hometown Hamburg, but for some years now works in Berlin. Still she prefers to stay in the city by the harbour. You might think, that if someone only spends his workingdays in a city, the apartment might look like that – a conglomerate of random furniture highlighted by the huge suitcase in the middle of the room. Not so with Lisa, her small one bedroom apartment is furnished with a fine sense for details. She did not opt for IKEA and their plastic chairs, but to collect some gems from flea markets all around Berlin.

Of course, as you already noted, she dresses herself as equally subtle and beautiful – making her into one of the best dressed young women in Berlin I know. She always looks very elegant in impeccable compositions, whose details refer to the 1920ies. Other details of Lisa you might not expect: she loves Techno (the real thing), fast cars and St. Pauli, ok, the latter is kind of obligatory. Read her blog here.

At home: Nina Franz

This is Nina. She works at the famous bookstore Pro qm, one of the most important research facilities for everyone interested in urbanity, politics, pop, architecture, design and art. Thus her apartment is filled with books and magazines. Here she stands in front of a collection of books she inherited from her mother, arranged in a danish shelf. She is wearing a blouse by Vladimir Karaleev.

At home: Nina Egli

Though I usually refrain from characterising people by their nationality, I have to say Swiss people are, even to me, a distant by heart German, very reserved people, who usually do not invite you home before knowing you some time. But not Nina. I got her contact from Pascal and she instantly agreed on inviting me into her home. Without having met me before, she welcomed me with a big smile, wearing a bright yellow silk dress she got at a Zürich fleamarket for 5 Franken (about 4 Euros — she will show me this secret gem in summer). Nina spends one half of her life in Zürich, where she lives almost in the middle of a forest in the south of the city, and the other half in New York working on her jewelry and clothing line Toujours Toi and Family Affairs.

At home: Pascal Grob

I spent the last week in Zurich and met Pascal (21), who lives and blogs in a beautiful house with a metal Corbuiser chair and spotlights in the garden. Honestly, I expected a massive collection of clothing since he is blogging about his personal style (in very fine photography – he has an almost scary talent for self portraits). But instead of piling up stuff and hoarding loads of clothes, he is a very thoughtful buyer, considering new clothing several days before purchase and only owns things he loves. For this At Home picture we arranged a choice of his most favorite stuff on the bed.