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A Sexy, Minimalist Remodel in Berlin

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by Margot Guralnick last modified Feb 23, 2015

This sexy, minimalist overhaul is the work of interior and furniture designer Jacek Kolasiński of  Loft Szczecin , a firm based in Szczecin, Poland (an hour and a half north of Berlin). The grand structure was used as a hospital during the Berlin Wall era and then fell to ruin. It's since been converted into four residences; this one belongs to a family of four, who gave Kolasiński total freedom to do it up—with restraint. Photography by Karolina Bak via Loft Szczecin .  "My concept was to use classic Bauhaus elements from the twenties and combine them with Scandinavian designs and some Polish accents," says Kolasiński.  Above L: A Vitra chaise found nearby in an old warehouse under a pile of windows and newly reupholstered. Above R: Gubi's  Semi Pendants , a 1968 design by Claus Bonderup and Torsten Thorup, hang in the entry, which is furnished with a bench and wall-hung key cabinet by Kolasiński, who told us, "The chest is used to store shoes; it was inspired by old Polish dowry chests." Above: In the living room, leather sofas supplied by the owners stand under a Bent Chandelier  by New York architecture firm Workstead . The framed posters are by Polish artists from the fifties and seventies—bringing to light work from his country is one of Kolasiński's missions.  Above L: A midcentury Polish vase. Above R: A Bernard Schottlander Mantis floor lamp and a leather chair bought at auction. Above: The black midcentury sideboard is another of the many pieces Kolasiński bought at auction and had restored in Poland— Loft Szczecin also sells refurbished Danish, Czech, and Polish furniture from the twenties, fifties, and sixties and is a source worth discovering.  Above: A view into the kitchen. Above: Gubi's  Ronde Pendants  by German designer Oliver Schick hang over the family table in the streamlined eat-in kitchen. Above: The wide floorboards are oak with an oil finish. Above: The apartment overlooks parkland. Kolasiński had the curtain rods fabricated by a locksmith—"thanks to a very special construction, installation elements are not visible." All the apartment curtains are sheer linen sewn in Poland. Above: The kitchen has a Corian counter with integrated sink and  Bestlite Wall Sconces . Like the look? See  Corian Countertops (and the New Corian Lookalikes)  and  11 Best Industrial-Style Sconces for the Kitchen . Above: Kolasiński made the table in the formal dining room with Vitra legs purchased at auction. The chairs came out of Kodak's old Berlin headquarters. The  hanging lights  are by UK designer Samuel Wilkinson for Decode.   Above: The plates on the wall are vintage Polish designs: "They're the work of some of the best Polish sculptors and graphic artists," says Kolasiński. Above L and R: The chairs are backed in velvet of varying shades. Above: Gray linen upholstery and bedding in the master bedroom. The angled  oak bed and bedside table  are Kolasiński designs. The bed linens are by Polish company Yelen. Above: Kolasiński's designs for the house were fabricated by Marcin Wyszecki at Loft Szczecin's workshop in Poland using joinery and other traditional techniques. "Carpenter-made wooden furniture creates a cozy atmosphere in the apartment," says Kolasiński.  Above: Kolasiński cloaked the bathroom in shades of fog and designed the oak  chaise  and  sink cabinet . The wash basin is a Philippe Starck design for Duravit. The walls here and throughout the apartment are treated with limewash paint—go to  Remodeling 101  to learn about the age-old material and how to use it. Above: The room is anchored by an extra-tall painted baseboard highlighted with a stripe. The  steel and wood chair  is Swedish design firm Afteroom's "homage to the functionalism." Above: The hanging wood-framed mirror is Kolasiński's  Lustro  design. For bathtub ideas, see  10 Easy Pieces: Freestanding Modern Bathtubs. Above: The tall, dark baseboards are also practical—they protect against moisture. See more of Kolasiński's work at  Loft Szczecin . Browse our Architecture gallery, and go to our Designer Visit and House Call posts to tour more remodels, including: Milanese Minimalism: A House by Raboni Architetti The Lovely Bones: Modern Minimalism in the UK History and Modern Glam in the Hague 14 Lessons in Minimalism from the Glass House More Stories from Remodelista Home on the Range with Casamidy in Mexico 10 Favorites: Living with Shocking Color Something Old, Something New: The Evolution of a Beverly Hills Home






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