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