n a magnificent and historical Berlin villa, traditional bourgeois flair meets the classicism of modern design. At the entrance we are already hit by a breath of fresh air thanks to its latest restyling. Respectful of the old-world elegance of its large spaces, generously high ceilings and meticulous details (from the historical stucco work to the wood moldings), the restoration mainly focuses on the lighting and the harmony of the new colors that characterize the centuries-old spaces in combination with modern furniture.
The new colors and the careful lighting design have transformed the perception of the interiors. For each room a particular atmosphere has been created with soft-tinted walls that both play off of one another and uniquely define the personality of each space: from the light gray of the entrance, to the aquamarine in the dining area, the forest green around the coffee corner table and the midnight blue of the bedroom. The furniture works with the walls by completing the harmonious whole with colors that in some cases blend in and at other times act as counterpoints with decidedly bright tonalities, like the yellow of the sofa or the red of the kitchen island.
The skillful matching of colors coincides with the careful choices of designer furniture. Iconic pieces with strong character, like the splendid fifties’ armchairs by Norman Cherner (American architect and designer), or rare and unique works chosen with great care create surprises in every space. Attention has been paid to the tiniest of the details in close collaboration with the homeowners by interior designer Christina Stöppel of the Berlin design store Dopo_domani.
A dialogue between tradition and modernity is a fascinating and complex design challenge. This Berlin villa is a magnificent example of how it is possible to give contemporary personality to antique architecture with respect, delicacy, and even healthy dose courage, while keeping the appeal of its history and years alive.