Exposing the past – Germany

For artists and designers, their studio can be an integral part of their practice; a place to nurture their creativity, concentration and reflection. Everything from location to architecture to neighbours can make a difference. In this respect, former warehouse in Reinickendorf, Germany hits all the right notes. Flooded with ample daylight, five-metre tall ceilings, and peaceful surroundings, the property that interior architect and artist Ewelina Makosa and furniture and lighting designer Jan Garncarek took over not only made for an inspiring studio but also turned out to be a great place to call home.

Ewelina and Jan found the space mid-renovation which they stopped in order to explore the building’s history and preserve its heritage. Most likely used as a storehouse for airplane parts during World War II, the former industrial facility was rife with imprints of human labour which Ewelina subtly incorporated into her minimalist interior design. Partially painted white, the building’s exposed concrete structure imbues the studio with a soothing austerity, enhanced by the large loft windows. The space is sparsely furnished with a selection of Jan’s designs – including prototypes like the glass-top desk and a brass and marble coffee table – as well as vintage pieces such as a sofa mass produced in Czechoslovakia in the 1950’s. Predominantly made of brass and channelling a pre-war, Art Deco aesthetic, Jan’s pendant, desk and wall lamps add accents of opulence and refinement into the studio’s otherwise industrial starkness, while their hand-crafted quality echoes the human labour that once filled the premises.

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