The sound of si­lence Clas­sic colours and eye-catch­ing dis­plays bring char­ac­ter to this sanc­tu­ary in the heart of Ber­lin

Calm­ing, clas­sic colours and eye-catch­ing dis­plays bring char­ac­ter to this serene sanc­tu­ary

ELLE Decoration (UK) - - Contents - Words CLARE SARTIN Pho­tog­ra­phy HELENIO BARBETTA/LIV­ING IN­SIDE

Ahome needs to be a place to rest, to digest and re­flect on what you have seen out­side in the world,’ says Tat­jana Sprick. The de­sign con­sul­tant and free­lance mem­ber­ship man­ager for the Ger­man Fash­ion Coun­cil trav­els the globe spot­ting the next big trends, ab­sorb­ing all the in­flu­ences she can, but when she re­turns to her apartment in west Ber­lin, it’s the si­lence she craves.

‘I rarely listen to mu­sic at home,’ she says, rel­ish­ing in­stead the peace­ful­ness of her 157-square-me­tre abode in one of the qui­eter neigh­bour­hoods in Ber­lin. ‘No hip­sters,’ she quips. When Tat­jana first moved here, how­ever, things were less calm. The flat had not been touched since 1976, so a lot of ren­o­va­tion work was re­quired. She re­moved the dated car­pets, low­ered ceil­ings and fit­ted shelv­ing and, fol­low­ing the ad­vice of lo­cal ar­chi­tec­ture firm BCO Ar­chitek­ten, be­gan knock­ing down walls and chang­ing the lay­out. The small kitchen was moved to the heart of the home, into the ‘Ber­liner zim­mer’ – an ar­chi­tec­tural quirk of many flats in the Ger­man cap­i­tal, this long room runs from the front to the back of the prop­erty.

The apartment has three large en­ter­tain­ing rooms, all of which are painted a pris­tine white. Tat­jana of­ten works here, so the bright scheme keeps her alert and awake, while also mak­ing the most of the light that floods into the front of the flat. Move into the pri­vate spa­ces of her home, though, and you find plum, dark green, pink and pale blue. ‘They are colours that make you feel cosy and pro­tected,’ ex­plains Tat­jana. It’s a con­fi­dent pal­ette, but one that she ar­gues is also quite clas­sic. ‘There are many beau­ti­ful, trendy colours to choose from, but, as I work with trends ev­ery day, I was search­ing for some­thing time­less at home.’

Tat­jana’s eye for col­lect­ing is ev­i­dent in al­most ev­ery room, with open shelv­ing and glass-fronted cab­i­nets hous­ing cu­rated pieces picked up on her trav­els. In the kitchen, there’s a wall of table­ware and glass­ware, while in the bed­room shoes line up like art­works. ‘I love to look at my things,’ she says. ‘It’s not al­ways prac­ti­cal be­cause of the clean­ing, but I en­joy chang­ing around what’s on dis­play.’

Her most trea­sured pos­ses­sion, though, is her large Louis Vuit­ton suit­case. ‘I found it when I was 16,’ says Tat­jana. ‘I had of­fered to clear out my par­ents’ spare room and it was in the very back cor­ner, like a prize, filled with linens that had been in the fam­ily for gen­er­a­tions.’ She dragged the case with her when she first left her child­hood home in Ger­many to move to Paris, and it’s been a fea­ture in al­most ev­ery apartment she’s lived in since.

Tat­jana is used to ex­plor­ing the con­ti­nents for work, and even jokes that ‘ home is ac­tu­ally any­where I place my suit­case for more than a week’. How­ever, she knows the im­por­tance of hav­ing her per­sonal sanc­tu­ary to come back to. Some­where that, when she closes the door, there’s quiet. bco-ar­chitek­


Hall­way The stained-glass door is an orig­i­nal fea­ture from 1905 that home­owner Tat­jana found when ren­o­vat­ing the flat. A vin­tage pen­dant light bought in a Parisian flea mar­ket can be seen in the liv­ing room. The yel­low chair is a piece by Eyal Burstein – the first ‘de­sign’ item that Tat­jana ever pur­chased

Liv­ing room The yel­low-vel­vet ‘Royale’ sofa by Castello La­gravi­nese for Casami­lano is cov­ered with cush­ions picked up in In­dia, while the small side ta­ble is by Garth Roberts for Peter Mabeo. The side­board (also seen op­po­site) is a vin­tage Scan­di­na­vian piece, while the rug was bought in Mar­rakech and the elab­o­rately dec­o­rated side ta­ble in Syria Stock­ist de­tails on p312

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