Reuterstr. 28, Berlin-Neukölln Completion: March 2012 Project in collaboration with JP Coss
The refurbishment of the Plus One Berlin space has the following aims: - To be an alternative to the standard image of a ‘hotel room’ - To be a multi-purpose space that combines different elements and materials - To reflect its surroundings of the creative, raw and surprising neighbourhood of Neukoelln - To re-use and showcase salvaged materials in its design The avoidance of dividers, the search for flexibility and the multiplicity of uses of the elements have been a key point in the design. As the space is small, the shape of the units has been kept simple and functional so they can be used in multiple ways. There has been a particular focus on detail and the materials used.
The main unit can be used as a cabinet for clothes, as a storage unit and also as a kitchenette. It changes its orientation and the shape and type of its openings depending on the relationship with the areas it serves. For instance, it provides shelving for toiletries and towels next to the bathroom, but also serves as a cupboard and storage unit for suitcases at the entrance area. It also provides private storage for the Owner. The kitchen and shelving areas for books are in contact with the main space.
The central piece of furniture is conceived as the bed, but it also creates a bar area with stools next to the kitchenette. There is a container for the third bed which can be divided in to three modules that are three individual seats. Thus, it also changes its shape depending on its position in the space and the function that it is closer to.
The wood bar next to the window can be used as a desk but can also be used as a dinner table on a warm evening: when the window is wide open, one person can sit inside and the other outside.
The 30sqm space has been designed to allow maximum usage. The shape and functionality of the elements have therefore been carefully considered. The use of recycled/salvaged materials and objects (tiles, wood, lamps, door handles) has been another very important factor in the design process. The main unit is a mixture, a ‘collage’ of new plywood and salvaged old panel doors and old parquet floor boards, which have been re-worked and altered to fit their new use.
All the lighting in the main space is either restored brass lamps or custom-made lamps made out of old copper pipes, shaped depending on the spot that they have to light.
The design of the Plus One Berlin space brings together functionality, flexibility and showcases not only the re-use of materials but also how forms and units can be designed for multiple uses. The furniture is not furniture anymore, but elements fully connected by function not only to the space itself but to other elements.
Hobrechstr. 65, Berlin-Neukölln Completion: January 2012 Project in collaboration with JP Coss.
Weserstr. 48, Berlin-Neukölln Completion: January 2013
Refurbishment of a private apartment in Berlin.
Wienerstr. 11, Berlin-Kreuzberg Completion: October 2012 Project in collaboration with b3architektur and Berlinform
The South Indian Restaurant IDLI is situated in Kreuzberg, one of the most popular neighbourhoods of the city. The 110-square-metre space was transformed with the aim to reflect the fresh, vibrant, young feel of the area and the warm, inviting nature of South India.
The space is divided in to two distinct areas: a dining area with long benches running alongside each wall, and an open kitchen and bar area. The benches have been made using walnut boards for the back and spice-colored upholstery for the seats.
A wooden wall with shelving is used to divide the open kitchen from the bar area, and also acts as a display area for bottles and glasses. A chalkboard has been integrated in the unit above the shelves, which can be used by the owners as a menu board or for messages. A wooden column comprised of separate boxes provides an additional storage and display area.
The space features a mixture of materials, used to reflect the urban, raw nature of Berlin and the warm nature of South India. Polished concrete has been used for the floor, whilst the walls are made from clay with pieces of straw to reflect the warm lighting. The lighting comes from two sources: cylinder shaped custom-made brass wall lamps and repurposed Indian ‘tablas’, used as pendant lights above the bar. At the back of the restaurant a black and white collage of images from Berlin and South India provides the back drop to a small lounge area for customers.
Idli Restaurant provides a distinct alternative to the traditionally-designed Indian restaurant through its fresh, simple design and innovative use of materials and design elements.
Ed & Fred Nussladen
Taubenstraße 14, Berlin-Mitte Completion: December 2013
Design of a nut's shop in Berlin.
Singleton Whisky Bar
Berlin Mitte and Kreuzberg Completion: June 2014 Project in collaboration with SemiDomesticated and Zuloark
Temporary whisky bar for the street food event Bite Club in various locations in Berlin.
Postcards | Empuriabrava
Postcard series of the catalan village Empuriabrava.