For many people, period architecture with original interior detailing is the ultimate way to live. One of Hamburg’s foremost interior designers was asked by a friend to asses a 1906 Jugenstil apartment, set beside an Alster canal, and agreed that it was a rare gem.
The doors, floors and windows were original, and unusually the layout works as well today as it did a century ago. The entrance leads to a wide corridor, off which all the rooms are accessed. Tall French doors overlooking balconies and the tree-lined street beyond light a pair of reception rooms to the right.
A series of good-sized walk-in cupboards along one side of the hall have been adapted as areas for laundry and storage, and the largest is now a bathroom. Opposite is the main bedroom, exuberantly lined in red-and-white toile.
Both owner and designer are passionate about colour, favoring intense eighteenth and nineteenth century pigments and papers over contemporary neutrals. It would be difficult to decorate in this manner if the apartment did not contain so many old-fashioned elements, in particular the tall doorways and luxurious ceiling heights.