The owner of this house near Holf in Germany was fortunate enough to be able to build virtually anything he wanted. His business, the manufacture of luxurious textiles for an international clientèle, is housed in immaculate premises in the rural and agricultural district where he now lives. His quirky collections of chairs and sofas are nearly all covered in his own velvets, grouped not according to some carefully studied colour-scheme but for their contrasting colour and shape.
The house, set among rolling lawns and gardens, looks as if it has always been there, though the interiors are contemporary and extremely well designed for twenty-first-century living. Of many great details to be found here, the wine cellar, reached via a circular stone staircase, is the most spectacular, but all the rooms contain unusual pictures, prints, sculptures, mirror and collections of books. The owner has a rare ability to mix items of vasty differing provenance in a relaxed but exciting way. There are changes in mood for summer to winter, bold colour to pure-white walls and simple wooden floors. Above all, the spaces are luxurious and stimulating.