This Berlin penthouse glows, but not only because of its floor to ceiling windows. The apartment is, of course, bathed in natural light, which helps to radiates heat though the apartment. Despite its very minimalist décor, is like a little oasis in the middle of the urban desert. Without much fanfare, Belgian designer Sarah Van Peteghem of Coco Lapine Design, has set up a very simple colour scheme that makes sure the apartment retains its very generous charm. The result is a Scandinavian influenced space that is clean and yet cuddly, full of design classics and thoughtfully utilised accessories. So when we are again about to stuff our apartment with unnecessary clutter, we should take this apartment as a positive example and source of inspiration.
This bedroom shows how few frills are needed to generate a great deal of comfort. The very low bed reminds us a little of the exciting childhood sleepovers, when you would sleep on your best friend’s with a sleeping bag and pillow. From that adventure grows this minimalist bedroom, but with a big difference: today no one can barge in and turn off the lights or make us go to sleep. Giggling and whispering is allowed here, even welcomed! In combination with the snow white walls, the grey fabrics create a sophisticated, cosy atmosphere.
Tip: For the bedding, combine different materials that are in the same colour group. The knit pillow, cotton duvet, and silky sheets work together to create maximum comfort.
The kitchen seems pleasantly stocked, with the shelves decorated with framed pictures, fresh herbs and vegetables. The latter also has an olfactory side effect provided by the basil and other herbs. These provide a pleasant odour component, inspiring you begin chopping tomatoes for a fresh pasta sauce. A tip for achieving this look: the tidier the kitchen and the simpler the colours, the more one can experiment in terms of decoration.
Also, why not follow this kitchen’s example and try different fabrics and materials. Although it is not usually common to decorate lamps with knit fabrics, and wool is certainly not usually at home in the kitchen, these two creative lamps show that sometimes it is quite refreshing to try something new.
In this airy penthouse not only are there windows on both sides, but there are also two accompanying balconies. This way, you can enjoy the view of Germany's capital from every corner of the living room. Different kinds of seating have been mixed together, a choice that brings an eclectic, individual vibe to the apartment. The coffee table is the central focus and is embellished with decorative elements such as candles or plants.
These chairs are not only a true design classic, but they also speak fluent multitasking. So maybe because of their simple aesthetics, they can be used equally as stylishly in the office, at home or even at a restaurant. They adapt to the architectural style of their environment. The seat’s shell is moulded from polypropylene, the four legs are made from beech wood and armrests provide comfort for a design that will not to lose its function, and is guaranteed to never go out of fashion.
If you are worried that pieces like this will break your bank balance, don't stress! Their simple elegance allows them to be combined wonderfully with cheaper alternatives.
When it comes to designing a space for concentration, you should ask yourself “how do I really think?” Am I a person who needs to retreat to get a clear head? Or do I need instead, the everyday hustle and bustle around me? Can I work well and get my best ideas when I am relaxed or when I am under pressure? Do I need background music or silence? It's actually quite simple: whoever needs to be completely isolated to concentrate on work, should designate another room as a separate office space. All others can work in a space like this, in the middle of the room. In a room like this, you never know if you will have to deal with children, your partner or the TV sound system. But nevertheless, the simple design of the table, chair and accessories ensure, at least visually, a restful work space.
Tip: Instead of an office chair try using a classic! This Eames chair is sure to inspire and motive a lover of design to sit down to work!
Without stools, benches or chairs, it is difficult to sit at the table. But does the chair need a counterpart? We find that chairs, even those designed for tables, can look just as nice standing alone! Here, this chair is the perfect place to sit and watch the flames crackle in the dark cylindrical fireplace.