Guido Hager is a landscape architect from Berlin. This is his apartment. I don’t mean to be stereotyping people here, but have you noticed that there isn’t a single plant in this interior? Without looking up who lived here, I would’ve never guessed this place belonged to a landscape architect. Do you know what I mean? I hope so. “I only like trees when they’re outside. I don’t feel any need to have them indoors,” says Hager. Fair enough I suppose.

Anyway, since we are on this “guess who lives here” thing, I would have assumed this apartment belonged to a corporate heavy-weight. Someone who (errr.. clearly!) loves art, but probably isn’t an art dealer because the collection looks too homogenous and same-y. I’d definitely guess it belonged to a man. A single man. There’s nothing about this place that says “couple” to me. In fact, there’s very little here that says “home”. Ouch! Such harsh words on a Friday… What can I say, I’m only telling it like it is. And that shit can be pretty hard to take.

 

 

This is such a striking interior. Amazing spaces, heigh ceilings, ornate heritage features, dramatic black parquet floor, pedigree furniture collection, the art… It’s beautiful. Sophisticated. Sharp. So sharp in fact, that I could cut my eyeballs just looking at it!

So… What’s missing then? I don’t know. A warmth. A personality. It’s just a little bit too perfect. Feels like a showroom. It lacks a heart and that lived-in mess. I do really love it still. I would happily move in and mess it up and introduce a few “wrong” bits to soften it, make it feel real and more human. Am I nuts to think this way? Probably.

Oh and one more thing. It says this apartment was designed by Helenio Barbetta. Mr Barbetta, however, appears to be a photographer. A bit confusing, no? Yes I think so.


[Images vis arch|dez|art.]

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Dana Tomić Hughes
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Dana is an award-winning interior designer living in Sydney, Australia. With an unhealthy passion for design, Dana commits to an abnormal amount of daily design research. Regular travel and attendance at premier design events, enables Dana to stay at the forefront of the design world globally. While she is super serious about design, Dana never takes herself - nor design - too seriously. Together with her life and business partner, Nick Hughes, Dana is Boss Lady at Studio Yellowtrace, specialising in Interior Design, Creative Direction and Special Projects. The studio takes a highly conceptual and holistic approach to translating brands & ideas into places.

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