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sneak peek: nadja lavin

by Amy Azzarito


nadja lavin has had a whirlwind year and a half. in july 2008, she got married in berlin, moved from germany to cambridge, massachusetts in december 2008, moved again -into this apartment – in the summer of 2009 and had daughter helena louise in september 2009! whew! nadia is a textile and interior designer. she currently works primarily with screen printing but also enjoys crochet, embroidery and drawing. somehow, she’s managed to keep up with it all, – and create a home that’s bright, happy and family-centric! {thanks nadja!}amy a.

[I had been living in Cambridge for 7 months when we moved to this apartment. It was the first apartment that we got together to live in as a family – I was 7 months pregnant at the time. So decorating the space meant bringing together both our lives while at the same time preparing for our daughter. I wanted the house to feel very easy – with inviting places to sit, lounge, lay, nap, roll around on the floor and play. I was inspired by the simplicity and density of material and color of a Bedouin tent – pillows, blankets and a good rug on the floor. All the textiles are in a pallet of strong colors that work well together. There is a mix of old and new pieces – things I brought from Berlin, things my husband had from his childhood in Chicago, and the toys and things that belong to our daughter. So everything had to be brought together in a way that wouldn’t look like a stall at the flea-market.]


[photo above: The rug and striped pillows in the living room are wonderful vintage pieces from Marrakech we got via Berlin from our friend who has a beautiful space, Elgarafi, where she sells all kinds of things she picks up on her travels. The circles and two black shapes on the mantle are nadjamueller. The watercolor is a piece by Berlin artist Jonas Lipps.]


[photo above: The crocheted lampshade is nadjamueller. The poof is one of my pieces and is a work-in-progress! I found the coffee table at Reside, a great vintage store in Boston.]


[photo above: Dining area: The black lacquered table is vintage. The black chairs are by Konstantin Gricic and the artwork is Alexandra Kolb, – an AMAZING photographer!  The lampshade is nadjamueller. There is no electricity in the ceilings so as a work-around all lamps have to be attached to a socket on floor level!]

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[photo above: The little pillow is made out of a Marimekko fabric that we love. The desk is an Egon Eierman base with a simple plywood top that has a linoleum surface (thank you Ace! His contact info. is available via my etsy page) . The bright blue mini-paper-storage is by leise – and comes in fantastic colors. The artwork is by New York-based artist and jewelry designer Justin Giunta.]


[photo above: The nursery: The cute elephant mobile is a gift from friends (I was told they got it at the MoMA design store) Our daughter LOVES it, especially the red one.  The crib and other basics are Ikea. Most of the little toys I found on etsy.]


[photo above: The sofa bed in the nursery has two foam mattresses inside so we can have more friends to stay! The top mattress is covered with a maharam fabric to give it more of a “sofaish” look (the plans are available through ace). The pink chicken pillow is nadjamueller]

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