Name: Hakarl and Jili
Size: 550 sqft, 2 bdrm rental
Favorite: the wonderful daylight
Years Lived In: less than a year
Hakarl arrived in Brooklyn from Berlin over 6 years ago with only 2 suitcases of clothes and a teapot that his mother received as a wedding gift 40 years ago. The wide range of relics and beautiful lamps, mid-century furniture, and retro items are, therefore, all relatively recent finds.
He trolls flea markets and thrift shops on West 17th Street as well as nice neighborhoods' curbsides. But he doesn't just acquire things. Hakarl is innovative at every turn. He makes creative use of a limited budget...
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Jili likes blues and greens and Hakarl likes reds and oranges. They didn't want to compromise with a beige apartment, so they decided to go with a calmer pallette than their last apartment but had exciting and bright accents. While Hakarl seems to do more of the scavenging, Jili has strong opinions and will exercise veto power when necessary.
Hakarl and Jili's apartment is a testament to the fact that money is only a small part of the design equation. Their apartment emanates beauty. It is arresting from the first point of entry. And when you learn all the secrets behind the presentation, it is even more impressive!