Located in Berlin’s picturesque Prenzlauer Berg district is a recently renovated apartment that utilises the building’s structural materials as its main design feature. Titled ‘Poor but Sexy’ for its shabby-chic style, the flat was created by architectural designer Hagar Abiri, who wanted to create, an open, airy environment, exposing the original roughness of the building.
Abiri describes the apartment as having ‘a problematic layout’. ‘The design process started with careful examination of the existing materials, using its natural beauty,’ he says. The contrast between original features – brick walls, textured plaster and light painted floorboards – with modern furnishings gives the space a contemporary feel. Abiri designed the office, shelves and stools, while the dining table, chairs and light fittings were all sourced from local secondhand shops. The blackboard kitchen unit (pictured) is an ingenious design addition, as well as a playful feature for the family who live there.
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Photography: Diane Adam