Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Palate Cleanser

UPDATE: The photos from this post are now gone because I was contacted by somone who claimed to own the copyright.  After receiving several rude emails from them, I decided to take them down.  I apologize for the inconvenience.


I think we all know by now that I like stuff.  I like homes filled with collections and curiosities picked up along a lifetime spent traveling the world.  But every once in a while it all becomes a bit too much and you need a palate cleanser.  Think of it as a bowl of clear broth soup after a gluttonous Thanksgiving. I saw a few of these photos from the apartment of Wolfgang Benkhen in Hamburg, Germany on tumblr but it wasn't until today that I saw the entire space.  I don't love it all.  I'm not a fan of the kitchen or bedroom but I do love the herringbone floors, leaning artwork, and the piles of books and magazines. I also like how much better modern furniture looks in European interiors.  Wish it looked that good here. 

8 comments:

Diane James Home said...

A very clean slate after all of the opulence of BG and RL windows! I love the contrast of the old floors and beautiful moldings against the modern lines of the funiture. I agree though - I would be afraid to make past sauce in the white kitchen and the bedroom looks like its for a monk!

CD said...

This is one of my absolute favorites. It blurs the boundaries of home/gallery/theatre/work of art... I adore the kitchen I must admit. What could be better than this! And a detail of the bedroom is equally impressive. For whatever reason it transports me to Marina Abramovic's MoMA performance. A touch of minimalism, a touch of surrealism. It echoes Mies's famous motto: "Less is more." Thank you so much for these sublime photographs Heather.

JohannaK said...

Oh, so lovely floors!! These pictures matches my scandinavian taste...but that is because I´m from Finland ;) But I love to see the pictures of holiday windows! You have lots of lovely things there in USA <3
/JohannaK

texaz said...

This house speaks of tranquility. The herringbone floor is divine, as is the furniture in the living room. However, I find the piles of books and leaning art incongruous to the cleanliness of the rest of the house.

Fiona said...

I love the kitchen. The bedroom is just very spare, but it's in keeping with the rest of the house in this case. I agree with the other poster--my only issue is with the piled books and paintings, which I think could be put to better use--and also be more accessible--elsewhere.

Lauren Sakuma さくま said...

love this! so clean & fresh... so calming, yet it states a strong sense of taste for good design..

Pam @ Cherish Toronto said...

Love the herringbone floors, they are definitely the best part of this home. Have you seen the Canadian House & Home 2011 Showhome? (Here's the link: http://bit.ly/tX79vj) It also has herringbone floors throughout the main floor. Gorgeous!

MJH Design Arts said...

Indeed gorgeous, but I don't think I would be comfortable here for more than 15-20 minutes. Mary

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