MOD­ERN NAT­U­RAL

STEELY GREY AND WOOD I S THI S SEA­SON’S S TAR IN­TE­RI­ORS COMBINAT ION. HERE’S HOW TO GET I T R IGHT

ELLE Decoration (UK) - - News - Words KERSTIN ROSE Photography CHRIS­TIAN SCHAULIN

THE TREND Pair steely greys with ac­cents of wood

for a pal­ette that is strik­ing and mod­ern yet warm and wel­com­ing. Wol­fram Neuge­bauer’s Ham­burg home is an ex­am­ple of how ef­fec­tive this look can be. As a stylist (and owner of con­cept store Die Remise), Wol­fram’s life re­volves around the art of pre­sen­ta­tion, and in his loft apart­ment, fur­ni­ture and trea­sured ob­jects are ar­ranged as vi­gnettes against walls painted white and grey. The ad­di­tion of nat­u­ral wood bal­ances th­ese cool colours beau­ti­fully: each zone is care­fully ar­ranged around a state­ment piece of fur­ni­ture, com­ple­mented by art­works, some on wood­cuts, and carved ves­sels as­sem­bled with a cu­ra­tor’s eye. ➤

THE IN­TE­RIOR

Wol­fram lives with his part­ner in the apart­ment, which has a fluid lay­out that segues from the kitchen to the din­ing and liv­ing ar­eas. He is a se­ri­ous col­lec­tor and his home is fur­nished with items that date from dis­parate de­sign eras, in­clud­ing Art Deco and Bauhaus. Sev­eral of the pieces have been com­pan­ions for decades – his an­tique Bie­der­meier desk was bought with his first wage as a trainee in­te­rior de­signer ( he sub­se­quently re­stored it), and he trea­sures the black-and-white pho­to­graphic por­trait of his mother. This art­work is in­dica­tive of more items that make his ex­act­ing edit – fam­ily heir­looms, ob­jects gifted by friends and pieces found in the dusty boxes of mar­ket stalls. ‘The pieces have to be of an ex­cep­tional aes­thetic value to be dis­played, but, more im­por­tantly, each should tell the story of how it came to be here – with­out that they are worth­less to me,’ he says.

The art and ar­ti­facts are ar­ranged ac­cord­ing to theme, colour and form, and dis­played on ‘ lit­tle is­lands’ through­out Wol­fram’s home. His much-loved carved ele­phants pa­rade on one such is­land, their trunks held aloft, amid ves­sels and ob­jet d’art that lend sculptural height to the room. The se­quence of grey and white walls cre­ates a gallery- style en­vi­ron­ment against which to show­case them. ‘The pal­ette is warm and con­veys an air of calm, but also serves to high­light the fur­ni­ture and the art­work. It’s a graphic back­drop that presents them beau­ti­fully,’ he says. wol­fram­neuge­bauer.de; remise-ham­burg.de

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