THE DIVINE FEMININE
Interiors styles spanning several design decades come together in perfect harmony in this sophisticated period apartment
who lives here?
Christine Bauer, an interiors photographer. Christinebauer.com; @christinebauerphoto
IT’S HARD TO COMMIT TO JUST ONE INTERIOR STYLE. In the 22 years that photographer Christine Bauer has lived in her Munich home, its walls have witnessed the rebirth of baroque, a floral phase and a swinging ’60s period. And yet, her turn-ofthe-century apartment feels impeccably composed. “At home, I try to bring together lots of different styles,” Christine says.
FULL CIRCLE Rare pieces of vintage furniture from different decades fill every room, but what ties each space together are the pastel walls in soft shades of pink, aqua and mint. Christine prefers tonal combinations, so furniture and decorative items in complementary shades of blue and turquoise, and emerald and sage, are grouped together to create visual harmony. To foster a sense of calm and light, the floorboards throughout have been painted white. Curved silhouettes are another recurring feature thanks to Christine’s one design rule – everything must be round. “I realised I don’t like angular things,” she explains. “There’s nothing angular in nature, either.” This love of gentle curves is especially evident in her chair collection, which includes a shapely green Fritz Neth armchair in the living room and a Danish-designed mustard yellow “Jason” chair in the bedroom.
PERSONAL COLLECTION Christine’s apartment reflects her evolving style, her love of timeless design and her reluctance to part with things. The eye wanders over Art Deco mirrors, Scandinavian chairs, 1950s wall consoles and lights from the ’60s found in flea markets all over the world. “I’m not bothered about famous names. What matters to me is that I still like looking at something years later,” Christine says. Her eye for detail and feminine touch have imbued her home with sophisticated sensuality. “For me, aesthetics are an expression of harmony,” she says. “It’s something the world definitely needs.”
Portrait of a lady Former stylist Christine Bauer, pictured, draws upon the philosophy of perceivable beauty when choosing furniture for her home. One of the pieces she’s most proud of is a white 1970s highboard with concave doors and a curved base.Serene scene An open window looking out to a blossoming tree invites greenery into Christine’s mostly white living room. The textural knitted wool rug provides a layer of warmth, while the round side table is a rare early Aino Aalto design.
Time travel Christine found the Louis XVI sofa in Paris and had it reupholstered in green velvet. The Scandinavian pendant lights are from the ’60s, one of her favourite design decades.