period home with a modern interior is a combination of never-ending charm. In Munich, Germany, for the overall look of his home, a fashion entrepreneur has gone for a contrast between modern technology and refined turn of the century charm. Bought after the arrival of his son, this apartment has won us over for its mix of period architecture, vintage pieces and made-to-measure minimalist furniture by studio Bespoke.
We are in Munich, Germany, in Bogenhausen, a most exclusive residential neighbourhood. As a matter of fact, Munich is exclusive pretty much everywhere you go. However, this area close to the city centre is ever so slightly more select than the rest; this is because of its proximity to the river, green areas, elegant buildings and refined villas, once inhabited by influential people in the arts and literature, from painter Franz von Stuck to Thomas Mann.
At first, the apartment had a typical turn of the century layout with a long corridor, a succession of adjoining narrow rooms, a tiny bathroom, utility room and kitchen squashed right at the entrance. Working with interior design studio Bespoke, the new owners have completely altered the internal layout. First of all: the son’s bedroom had to be the largest of all the rooms, as well as the one further away from the noisy living room and kitchen. The parents were happy with the narrowest of the existing bedrooms: “After all, we’ll only sleep there” they said, and we cannot but agree.
To understand exactly what the owners’ requirements were, studio Bespoke asked them to keep a diary about their daily routine. This is a great way to design functional homes which suit specific needs. Indeed, to design around clients’ needs is part of studio Bespoke’s genetic makeup. Each project is developed in great detail, including furniture design and joinery. In fact, before specialising in interior design, founding partner Stefan Neubrand trained as a joiner, and he’s not the only one in the studio to have this two-fold expertise.
The advantage of made-to-measure furniture is clear; this is precisely how a poky corridor can tolerate extra storage, plus the right kind of lighting can turn it into a much pleasanter space. Long, slender, painted to match the wall and raised from the ground: the four tricks of the trade used by Bespoke joinery.
Painted white, the master bedroom is a small room with a simple and romantic feel. The oak flooring and a mountain of soft pillows is all that’s needed to make it warm and welcoming. On the narrow side, the built-in made-to-measure wardrobe is a great way to make the most of the available space. In the foreground, a stool/ bedside table by Bespoke (right-hand side image).
Our owners were looking for a home which had both a soul and an authentic character, a place where history and modernity enhance each other. Bespoke’s driving concept won them over. This process uses natural materials and modern design to build a bridge between the old and the new, between craftsmanship and industrial production. “The perfection of the imperfection”, this is Bespoke’s motto, a motto that perfectly sums up the soul of this beautiful home.
Renovation of a city apartment
Location: Munich, Germany
Floors: 3rd floor apartment
Interior design project and furniture design:
Bespoke - Feinstes Interior Design
Stefan Neubrand, Pfälzer-Wald-Straße 65, Munich, Germany
Tel: 0049 (0)89 411 707 87
Tel: 0049 (0) 89 411 70 777
Photos: Courtesy Bespoke