Mike and Michelle's Evolving Modern Mix

T Magazine

What do you get when an uber minimalist German art director and a jewelry designer from Miami meet, marry, and move in together? Oh, and add three kids — all boys — to the mix. It might look something like this. 

This is the home of Mike Meiré, erstwhile 'poster boy for minimalism,' and his wife Michelle Elie, a jewelry designer and former model. Before they met, Meiré's Cologne apartment was a sort of minimalist masterpiece: shiny white floors, brown walls, angular modern furniture. And he never cooked, ever. That all changed when he met Michelle. 

Shortly before his marriage, Mike bought the floor below and turned it into an entry and a kitchen for Elie, who is a Cordon Bleu-trained cook. In 2009 they took over the building's top floor, adding a roof terrace and a studio, and the floor that formed Mike's original bachelor pad is now overrun with youngsters. Says Mike: “I realized that life is at its best when you are not following a certain path. The moment where you step over a line and you are innovative, whatever that means, and you enter an area where others haven’t been before — that’s exciting for me.”

Innovative is a good word for the home the couple shares. In the dining room, a heart-shaped painting that the couple bought as a wedding gift to themselves hangs above a Saarinen tulip table and a melange of modern chairs. It's not maximalism, exactly: rather it's lively and colorful in an understated way, the perfect marriage of German asceticism and Miami verve. 

To see more of  the apartment, check out the full article in the New York Times' T Magazine. 

(Images: Jason Schmidt)