Berliners normally have quite a bit of space to live compared to other European capitals, but Hara’s apartment is something different. She lives on the top floor of an industrial-looking building south of Hermannplatz, in a self-renovated, open concept loft, including a rooftop terrace, fireplace, DJ booth, swing, and so many windows that you always find yourself peering aimlessly out over the amazing view she has of the city. But the best part is that she loves to open her home up to friends, either just to sit and listen to the rain hitting the roof while drinking tea (which I ended up doing all afternoon at my visit), or hosting parties. Hara, who’s wearing a vintage dress, moved to Berlin from Athens two years ago and is working as a graphic designer, with her studio located in the flat as well. Unfortunately, she’s changing flats soon, but I’m eager to see the space she moves into next.
Category: At Home
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.
Although I pledged to spend the rest of the summer in Berlin, I ended up back in Milan over the weekend, invited by Milan’s infamous Plastic Club, who were having their Berlin edition of a monthly party called 747 (a few photos from Berlin-based Kinky White Horse’s performance later). I realized from my last visits that outside of Fashion Week, Milan’s best looks come out at night, so I didn’t spend much time on the street hunting for people. Instead, I arranged to meet with Marcelo Burlon, who might as well be Milan’s Argentine Prince of the fashion scene.
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.
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.