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
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-architekten.com