MOD­ERN RO­MANCE

A fash­ion It cou­ple’s Ber­lin apart­ment.

Harper’s Bazaar (Australia) - - Contents - By TARA LA­MONT-DJITE Pho­tographed by ZACKERY MICHAEL

“When Veronika and I moved in to­gether, I thought, ‘I re­ally need to get nicer stuff for my girl­friend.’” – JUSTIN O’SHEA

IT’S A THURS­DAY AF­TER­NOON, and Justin O’shea and Veronika Heilbrunner — whose yin-yang stylish­ness has made them one of fash­ion’s most pho­tographed cou­ples — are en­joy­ing some rare time alone at their airy apart­ment in Ber­lin’s quiet, tree-lined Char­lot­ten­burg neigh­bour­hood. But it won’t last long. “Tonight we’re go­ing to a party in a cas­tle,” O’shea ex­plains over the phone. a cas­tle? “It’s what hap­pens in Germany, you know,” quips the newly ap­pointed cre­ative di­rec­tor at Ital­ian menswear la­bel Bri­oni.

A few hours af­ter we spoke, the cou­ple showed up arm in arm. O’shea in one of his sig­na­ture be­spoke three-piece suits, his tat­toos peek­ing out from his slim-cut shirt­sleeves, and Heilbrunner in a dra­matic crim­son vel­vet skirt, one enor­mous chan­de­lier ear­ring dan­gling from her right ear.

Both well versed in the art of the un­ex­pected, O’shea and Heilbrunner look like a street-style snap­shot come to life, and their home is in­fused with the same in­ef­fa­ble flair. Lo­cated in a late-19th-cen­tury Art Nou­veau build­ing with soar­ing ceil­ings, a cen­tury-old ce­ramic stove and a large ter­race over­look­ing a tree-filled court­yard, the apart­ment was the first and only place they looked at when they moved from Mu­nich to Ber­lin two years ago, for Heilbrunner’s job as style ed­i­tor of Harper’s BAZAAR Germany (she is now the cre­ative di­rec­tor of Hey Woman!, a life­style web­site she co-founded). “We came to go apart­ment shop­ping, saw this place first and then can­celled all the other ap­point­ments,” says Heilbrunner, who was born and raised in Mu­nich. “We were like, ‘This is it.’”

For O’shea, who grew up in ru­ral Aus­tralia and trav­els on busi­ness roughly 10 months out of the year, putting down roots was a for­eign con­cept. “My whole life, I moved to so many dif­fer­ent cities and I lived in ho­tels, so I never even owned fur­ni­ture,” he says, “but when veronika and I moved in to­gether, I thought, I re­ally need to get nicer stuff for my girl­friend.” Luck­ily, O’shea’s keen eye for clothes — honed at the Kuwait­based re­tailer Al Os­toura, be­fore he joined lux­ury e-com­merce site My theresa as buy­ing di­rec­tor in 2009, mov­ing to Bri­oni in April 2016 — trans­lated to decor with rel­a­tive ease. “i don’t think any­one can teach Justin about buy­ing any­thing,” Heilbrunner says. “we have very sim­i­lar taste, so it worked well from the be­gin­ning.and we both like to shop.”

The cou­ple met six years ago at the Acne Stu­dios show­room in Copen­hagen. “acne had a party the night be­fore, and I was su­per hun­gover, not in top form,” O’shea re­calls. I walked in and there she was, this six-foot-one blonde in denim shorts. I strode over with all of my hang­over con­fi­dence and chat­ted her up in the show­room, and of­fered to take her out for beers at, like, 12 o’clock in the af­ter­noon. what a classy guy.” Heilbrunner had a boyfriend at the time, but they be­come friends, and even­tu­ally got to­gether in 2012.

Their first joint ac­qui­si­tion for their cur­rent apart­ment was a sofa up­hol­stered in mint-green vel­vet, now in the mid­dle of the liv­ing room. “We found it when we were look­ing for a bed,” Heilbrunner says. “we didn’t like any of the beds at the store, but we were like, ‘Wow, that couch looks awe­some.’ And we al­ready had a couch. So we wound up with two couches and no bed.” the room also fea­tures sev­eral large art­works, in­clud­ing a piece by Richard Prince and two paint­ings by Silke Al­brecht, a young Ger­man artist who stud­ied un­der An­dreas Gursky.

Their taste may be in sync, but they’re also wide-rang­ing. “We both love beau­ti­ful mar­ble and a lit­tle bit of op­u­lence. But then we also like very mod­ernist build­ings,” O’shea says. “It’s like get­ting tat­toos — the more ran­dom they are, the less you hate them and the bet­ter they go to­gether.”

Re­lax­ing in the kitchen. Heilbrunner wears Tom Ford dress; Con­verse shoes.

Justin O’shea and Veronika Heilbrunner, wear­ing Chloé blouse and pants, and her own neck­laces (worn through­out), in their liv­ing room in Ber­lin. Be­low left: on the ter­race. Heilbrunner wears Calvin Klein Col­lec­tion dress; Nike shoes.

The din­ing area, with paint­ings by Silke Al­brecht (left) and Wal­ter Dahn (Im­mer Trinken, 1982). The cou­ple (with O’shea’s beloved mo­tor­cy­cle) in front of their Art Nou­veau apart­ment build­ing. Heilbrunner wears Valentino dress; Dr. Martens boots; Valentino Gar­a­vani ear­rings; her own rings.

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