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sneak peek: malene charles

by anne


zurich based photographer and FOODIE.CH founder malene charles moved into to this 570 square foot apartment with her husman in 2006. surrounded by green, they have decorated their light-filled home on a shoestring budget. this cozy space can pose a challenge as it is also the creative space where FOODIE.CH is made. but somehow malene still manages to host rowdy sit down dinners of 10 without any toes being stepped on.



[ In the kitchen we covered the avocado green cabinets with dark wood print maktak. We only have one drawer so we hung a rack on the wall for our kitchen tools. The chairs and 1960’s table were found on ricardo.ch (swiss ebay) and lights are from interio.ch (swiss version of the now extinct club monaco caban). For us the kitchen had to be neutral but not sterile so we added a food wall of fame of some of our best food moments we’ve had together or with friends. This kitchen is where most of the food is prepared for FOODIE.CH. The oven is older than time but believe it or not we’ve hosted seated dinner parties of 12 in this space.]


[Our living room has handpainted stripes on the longest wall and a complete wall of shelves on the opposite side. The mirror, chairs and table were found at a brockenhaus (salvation army style shop) and the lights are from interio.ch. I read everything I can and buy about 12 magazines a month, so when our bookshelves are full… we’ll have to move to a bigger place.]


It took us a while to find the perfect bed for this size room but we’re happy we found nils moormann (no screws, just interlocks together). All the curtains throughout the apt are handmade with fabric from weisbrod AG (weisbrod.ch). The gold wall is handpainted and it turned out more gold than expected but when the sun shines on it, it twinkles. The ceiling light is vintage and the floor lights are from a design shop in Seefeld (a quartier in the city)

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