ColorTherapy: Haus Interior

ColorTherapy: Haus Interior

Mark Chamberlain
Jun 30, 2009

There's a smart new shop that just opened in NoLita, and for which I was in charge of decorative painting. I had hoped to scoop this one for myself, but the media blitzkrieg was so instantaneous that pictures of the opening party were online before the first cork popped. Nonetheless, let's take a peek…

Proprietor/designer Nina Freudenberger hails from Munich, and there's a taut, Teutonic crispness to the furnishings on display, but that doesn't mean they lack whimsy. Textiles and glassware get us in the door, but look closer and you sense a shrewd mind at play. Books on butlering, Venus flytraps and vintage prints might say "snark" until you realize most of these sundry items are quite interesting. The shop up front becomes design studio in the back, with services ranging from consultation, a "wallpaper bar" to complete renovation. Furthermore, the entire palette of stock and shop is black, white and grey, which is where I enter the frame.

For the key pattern in the window (my favorite thing ever is when a designer hands me a fabric swatch and says "make me this") we used Farrow&Ball Skimming Stone 241 over Railings 31. It's black and white without being cold. The floor is a kaleidoscope of colors from too many paint companies to count, but you get the picture.

Haus is conceived of as a place where 30-somethings can furnish their first nice apartment, with many items priced under $300, and it's truly an original. Quoth she: "How much time can you spend staring at the Crate & Barrel website?"

Haus Interior
250 Elizabeth St, New York

- Mark Chamberlain, interior and decorative painter

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