A Cool and Colorful Berlin Rental Apartment Is This Jewelry Designer’s Home and Studio

A Cool and Colorful Berlin Rental Apartment Is This Jewelry Designer’s Home and Studio

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Name: Alina Abegg and Frenchie Nugget
Location: Berlin Mitte — Berlin, Germany
Size: 1291 square feet
Type of Home: Apartment flat (old building)
Years Lived In: 3 years, renting

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I moved to Berlin from London in 2017. I was looking for a home that was both central and close to friends, and could also function as my jewelry studio and showroom. So I was extremely lucky when this apartment in Mitte was the first one that showed up when I started searching online. I went for a visit and immediately knew it was the one. Because the apartment is situated in an old building, I love how it comes with all of the charms of classical design. From big windows on both sides that welcome natural lighting at all times, to a big-footed bath to rewind at the end of the day, these classical touches come in contrast with the more contemporary decorations I’ve integrated throughout my home. 

My apartment is both my office and home, and I feel the layout lends itself perfectly for this. One of my favorite parts of my home are the two big doors that open between the living and dining area. For me, this is great for creating different spaces for hosting clients, while also getting down to business with design and the day-to-day running of my business. Since I’ve also built my brand around my personal style and aesthetic, I always feel at ease and even inspired by the way it’s decorated.

Apartment Therapy Survey:

My Style: I would describe my decor style as eclectic, playful and colorful—just like my jewelry.

Inspiration: I love collecting pieces one by one and most of my current furniture is actually from when I was still living in London. Oftentimes when I like a piece of furniture I buy it without thinking of whether it goes with the rest of my pieces. I believe this is something that I inherited from my mother. She would collect furniture and then store it. Eventually, you can then choose the pieces that go with your house and give it an eclectic look while also feeling like you have a special connection with each piece. 

Favorite Element: I’m super excited about the swing that I purchased from the female artist Gabriela Noelle. When clients come to my showroom they can take a swing while dreaming about their jewelry piece.

Biggest Challenge: One of the challenges I had was with my closet. Because I am renting this place, I decided to order a simple IKEA closet with an open design. However, once it arrived, I was not happy to see my clothes every time I walked into my room—it felt too messy. So I decided to do a little DIY and add linen curtains to it. Now I feel the bedroom is way calmer and relaxing (as it should be).

Biggest Indulgence: I love collecting vintage furniture. My most recent purchase is the Murano glass chandelier that I purchased on my last trip to Venice.

What are your favorite products you have bought for your home and why? The display case for my jewelry holds an especially meaningful place for me. When I moved in, I had just started my brand a few months before. Knowing that I wanted to make the apartment part showroom, I purchased my display case for jewelry and designed the interiors in a way to welcome my clients. It was at this time that I really felt like the dream I had been working so hard to realize was finally becoming reality. 

Resources

  • Office table — HAY 
  • Vintage sideboard — eBay
  • Carpet — From a trip to Morocco
  • Vintage day bed — Chairs Design 
  • Ginkgo floor lamp — By Tommaso Barbi via 1stdibs
  • Noguchi Coffee Table — By Vitra via Conran Shop

Thanks Alina!

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