Gilded trea­sure

This Ber­lin home is dec­o­rated with ac­cents of gold. Dis­cover how to get the Mi­das touch

ELLE Decoration (UK) - - Contents - Words KERRYN FISCHER/FRANK FEA­TURES Pho­tog­ra­phy SI­MON UPTON

The Ber­lin apart­ment of Lon­don-based in­te­rior ar­chi­tect Hu­bert Zand­berg is an eye-catch­ing space.

He is a max­i­mal­ist at heart (see his Hol­land Park project on p146), and his view on de­sign is sim­ple: ‘The most beau­ti­ful brush­stroke is the one that comes from in­stinct.’ He is a com­pul­sive col­lec­tor, and his two-bed­room apart­ment in the creative neigh­bour­hood of Mitte is a ver­i­ta­ble curiosity cabi­net of the ex­otic and el­e­gant, all un­der­pinned by lux­u­ri­ous touches of brass and gold.

‘I have al­ways seen my­self as more of a col­lec­tor than a de­signer,’ says Hu­bert, whose ge­nius lies in an ir­rev­er­ent style that mixes any­thing from Mod­ernist de­sign to macabre taxi­dermy and re­li­gious iconog­ra­phy. His col­lec­tions are so ex­ten­sive that they fill more than one prop­erty (he also has homes in Lon­don and Paris), but he con­tin­ues to add to his trea­sure trove be­cause new finds cre­ate a di­a­logue with ex­ist­ing pieces. Con­se­quently, his Ber­lin home brims with South African art­works and cowhides, Ger­man light­ing and in­flu­ences from Brazil­ian ar­chi­tects such as Sér­gio Ro­drigues and Joaquim Ten­reiro. ‘It may seem devil-may-care to mix such dis­parate el­e­ments. But it works,’ he says. Here, Hu­bert tells us why he has used metal­lic ac­cents to cre­ate fo­cal points in each room, and how they tie his scheme to­gether. hz­in­te­ri­

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