THE DI­VINE FEM­I­NINE

In­te­ri­ors styles span­ning sev­eral design decades come to­gether in per­fect har­mony in this so­phis­ti­cated pe­riod apart­ment

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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.

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