The Berliners: Anna & Paul
Editorial: MTV STYLE
There will always be those friends that have the nicer, greater, bigger, cheaper etc. flat. I can live with that - that's normal. But if it comes to Anna & Paul I'm seriously jealous. Not because of size or price but because of their amazing taste and sense of furnishing. Half my flat is already made up of stuff Paul had to build for me and now just imagine that everywhere. Obviously when shooting a series like "The Berliners" for MTV STYLE, I had to visit those two. So after the Cleopatra-like Jugenstil flat from Danai, this time I've visited Bonnie & Clyde in their very own paradise.
Anna: 88 sq.m., 2 rooms. the style? antiques + DIY + industrial-chic. We found it on the internet. (hint: apartments without pictures usually have less applicants)
Paul: I like to say that it’s 90 sq.m. large.
Which piece survived every single house moving?
Anna: My grandma’s lamp.
Paul: I’m a nostalgic. I own boxes with collected memories – sorted by year.
What’s your favourite place in the apartment?
Anna: My bed – like it is in every apartment.
Paul: Bed, 2 x 2.1 m.
What does Berlin mean to you? Transition, city of your dreams or home?
Anna: Home plus love plus friends.
Paul: The basis and centre of everything. There were times when I didn’t leave Berlin in five or six years!
How would you describe your style of furnishing?
Anna: Modern meets old industrial furniture. I prefer it more minimalist than Paul.
Paul: I love good handicraft and just things in general. Especially the useful and beautiful ones. So it’s more crowded than what Anna is used to, but still not crowded enough to fill it to overflowing. But I think that every room has its very own style.
What’s your favourite in the closet?
Anna: The perfect jacket by Rodebjer! It suits and upgrades everything.
Paul: I own 20 shorts, one of them.
How much money do you spend on clothes every month?
Anna: Too much!
Paul: Basically too much. I don’t buy anything for half a year and then I buy clothes for the whole year within two months.
How important for you is the outward appearance?
Anna: Outside the apartment it’s really important!
Paul: I’m an aesthete! Though I’ve become a bit more relaxed in this respect…
How important for you is your apartment?
Anna: Really, really important! After all, it’s my home and and my place of refuge. I don’t understand the people that don’t attach importance on that.
Paul: I’m addicted to optimizing. I seek rarely or never. It’s my personal paradise. Seriously.
Is there still an object for your apartment that you’re looking for?
Anna: A new, modern bed. It’s becoming way too flea market around me.
Paul: Those objects are usually the ones that you didn’t know existed before you haven’t seen them. At the moment I would love to have a gymnastic ball that is coated in black neoprene.
A lot of stuff in your apartment is self-made. What exactly is your inspiration? And where does it come from?
Anna: Mostly inspiring photos, old ones or new ones.
Paul: I’m definitely inspired by a certain mood. But actually I always develop an own system and look.
Oct. 11, 2014
Labels: Working Sailor