Piero Lissoni, the architect and designer, who has served as art director of Boffi, is known for his minimalistic design and love of white in interior design. Yet the Berlin apartment he shares with his life partner Barbara Hickl, a PR consultant for furniture companies, is everything but all white. Together they renovated this typical Altbau apartment to it’s former glory respecting its original features without changing the layout and created a space that combined both his and her taste. The result is a wonderful apartment with an airy feel and a strong personality infused by bursts of color ranging from navy blues to an unexpected pink in the kitchen. The furniture is kept simple with clean lines and visual interest is added by colored feature walls like in the dining room and the use of antic carpets and textiles. I love the painting of Clara, whom Lissoni describes lovingly as looking like a model during a photo shoot.
The pink kitchen color was quite a daring choice to make, yet it shows that pink is not only a little girl room color. It offers a nice contrast to the ultra modern and professional looking kitchen cabinetry which might have looked clinic if the walls had been painted white. On the picture next to it, even with walls painted dark petrol blue the room doesn’t look dark or gloomy like one would think. On the contrary the dark walls bring out the pure white ceiling and are surprisingly welcoming bringing the warm wood color of the dresser to stand out.
I invite you to head over to AD Germany‘s website who featured this story back in October 2012 to view the English interview of Piero Lissoni and Barbara Hickl and to read the article (in German).
Wishing you a lovely weekend.
Photography: Mads Mogensen