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sneak peek: irina graewe

by anne

for our first sneak peek of the day we’re so pleased to take you to hamburg, germany and the home of irina graewe. irina, who started school training to be a tailor, later shifted her focus to interiors and design, and these days she works as a freelance stylist. be sure to check the images after the jump because her workspace – with an incredible collection of all things white – is a must see! and if that’s still not enough, you can find additional images here, and more of her work here. {thanks so much, irina!}anne

[above: I’m a bit of a magazine junkie and just HAVE to keep them all and as there isn’t enough space in my workspace, so I keep them in our hallway. We liked the idea of having really cheap and simple lights in the hallway, however wanted to do something with them, so we had the idea to spray paint some of the paper balloons black and penciling black lines on the other ones (paper light shades from ikea and habitat)].

Sofa is by Hans J. Wegner for Getama, lamp bought in charity shop and painted the base, mobilee (in the right hand corner) by Flensted, black mini-lamp “Lampette” bought via ebay. As you can tell, we both very much like the scandinavian style – we bought the sofa on a flea market in Hamburg a couple of years ago and I upholstered it in dark brown. Only a year ago or so we rediscovered its original upholstery and took off the brown one, then we painted the wall in this kind of petrol-blue and wondered why we kept it brown for such a long time…

The pictures are a collection of different things we like: Charley Harper birds, covers from old graphic magazines, ceramic plates, a Deborah Bowness design, things we find on flea markets etc….

Daybed is by Peter Hvidt & Orla Molgaard-Nielsen for France & Son, blue lamp by Edward Barber & Jay Osgerby for Flos, cushions by SenSen and selfmade (top one made from Lucienne Day fabric).  On the window board: collection of 60’s teak accessoires and ceramic vases found on flea markets etc.  The daybed is my favourite piece of furniture in the living room – when lying on it you can look out to the green trees which stand in front of the house and in the sky….

I rented the picture on the wall for one of my shoots a couple of years ago from a very beautiful shop in Hamburg (das 7. Zimmer) and fell so much in love with it that I bought it afterwards (i think it kind of reminds me of a picture of my grandma that my parents had for a long time in their living room).  And it really looks gorgeous on the aubergine [eggplant]-coloured bedroom wall.  We bought the bedcover on one of our travels to Asia, it really is so nicely crafted and made from a lot of different fabrics, combined with lovely embroidery – we instantly fell in love with it!  The lampshade is Ikea.

CLICK HERE for the rest of Irina’s sneak peek after the jump!

This is my workspace.  Chairs: design: harry bertoia (knoll, bought via ebay) and arne jacobsen (fritz hansen). lamps: selfmade with coloured textile cable and porcelain bulb holder.  I really like the look of the bertoia chairs, but they are so uncomfortable that every time i’ll have to work on the table i either choose the fritz hansen chair or put a thick padding on the chairs…  I try to keep my workspace quite white with only splashes of colour as it gives me space to think. Many years ago i started a collection of white things and it has grown so huge that i have started sorting and giving some objects away….

I’m really fond of dolls house furniture and miniature objects, especially in combination with “regular” sized objects.

I’m in love with Fornasetti design and i’m really happy to have invested in those plates, as for me they have some kind of special charisma.  The wire mesh rabbit is from a very great artist called Benedetta Mori-Ubaldini whom i was first introduced to when i was still working as assistant at architektur&wohnen magazine and have since been a very huge admirer of…

Still life on table in workspace.  Porcelain glass in front is by tsé tsé design.  Porcelain glass at the back is by Hrafnkell Birgisson.

Tables and chair on the left: flea market finds; chair right: eames for vitra; lamp on table by yaacof kaufman for lumina.  This is where I do my computer work (on one table) and sewing on the other. As a trained tailor I love to sew, craft, work with my hands.  We made the clouds for a shoot i did last year and i liked them so much that i kept some and gave the others away to friends with kids (i just couldn’t throw them away).

Moodboard on wall of pictures that I like.  On the right there are 4 embroideries I made of diffent sayings a couple of years ago – I always wanted to extend the project, but until now never really had the time to…

Another example of dollhouse furniture found on flea market, sitting on the thermostat.

I keep a lot of my craft material in these boxes and labeled them with neon pink tape – I’m a huge fan of tape and have a big collection of different ones. Wherever I travel I have to buy some more – it’s kind of terrible – but also kind of nice to have them all and to be able to use them for different shoots, presents, labeling etc…

Somehow, we both don’t really like bookshelves, so we decided to have them as stacks on the floor – it’s very unhandy and every time we need a book from the bottom we’re really annoyed, but it’s not bad enough to make us buy a bookshelf yet.  The chair was bought on flea market and the lamp is lampette bought via ebay.

The kitchen is the only room that doesn’t have a wooden floor but really cheap press board, so when we moved in we decided to leave it and paint it in a nice colour and I still think it works out really well.  The chairs are Eames and were bought in 2nd hand shop.  The table is self-made from untreated and unfinishedd wood, because we wanted this kind of “rough” look, even if we have to live with chips from time to time.  The lamp is by verner panton for unique interieur.  The shelf in the back of the room is an old office shelf that Michael once found.

Another collection of bric-a-brac.  The picture on the left (which is cropped, the one with the pink cupcakes) by Martin Parr.

Many years ago I bought something (I don’t even remember what it was) when we spent a weekend in Berlin and it got packed it in this nice paper bag. Ever since it’s been hanging in our kitchen and i think it’s wonderful as it keeps reminding us of how lucky we are that we have jobs that we really like ….. The small stove is from my childhood – thanks to my mom it still exists! I remember clearly that when i was small i loved being in the kitchen with my mom when she was cooking lunch for all of us, and I could cook on my small stove. It actually worked (it’s an electrical one) and I had pots and pans for it and also a small baking tray on which i could bake tiny cookies.  The green potato flour package is from Denmark where we travel quite regularly – found in a supermarket somewhere in Denmark.

One more collection of bric-a-brac found at flea markets and on ebay.  The picture on the wall is an advertisement on the inside of a 60’s magazine called Polen.

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  • My favorite might be the white room, although that blue wall behind the yellow couch is stunning. It’s the perfect shade! I hope that someday I am brave enough to attempt these bold choices.

  • Ah! I see that gorgeous display of magazines along the hallway (it practically functions as a sideboard!) and I’m filled with nostalgia for all my long-lost ’80s Cosmos…

  • Nice place Irina! Loving the aubergine/eggplant coloured bedroom… and the top choice of prints on the walls :-)

  • thank you so much for the tip of spray paint the paperlamps, i was looking all season for colourful paper lampions and they are unfindeble here! i love german apartement spaces!!

  • so in love with those blue walls. and the dollhouse furniture… and that big fat calendar/notepad. does anyone know who/what that came from or where to find it?

  • Oh my! I’m so in love with that hallway of stacked magazines! I’ve started to do the same in my bedroom to keep up with all of my magazines, but I got say my hubby doesn’t think it’s my best interior design idea.

    I have to show him these pictures!

  • I really appreciate that not only does Irina include where certain items came from any why, but that she also remarks on the actual usefulness of certain objects. That we love the way certain things look in spite of perhaps a slight discomfort. It makes me appreciate her style and combination of materials and furniture all the more.

  • i love everything about this home! i love all the white space and tiny dollhouse furniture! and the entryway is my favorite.

  • What grey paint color did you use in your office space? It looks like a beautiful shade of pure gray.

  • i love all the white also. so breezy. where did you get all those different size white boxes? did you make them?

  • Love you space. I m looking to install new floor any idea what type of wood ar yours just love the look of it. Thank you

  • The ‘Cagey Birds’ pictured is one of a number of hand made Wallpaper Kits by Deborah Bowness. For sales details, please visit our website.

  • another wonderful space. love all the collections, the colour on the walls, the ebay and thrift finds, the pictures on the wall, all of it!

  • love this sneak peek! the petrol blue walls are amazing and I love the little collections. It’s really interesting to see how grouping by color makes it intentional instead of just scattered or messy like my house!

  • This may be a dumb question but what do you call the cord-and-socket combo (in orange!) for the filament bulb hanging in your kitchen? Can you recommend sources?

  • love the pink or red pendant style lamp cords with simple bulbs! where can i find these?

  • Beautiful place. I loved the white room but I also liked the bedroom with the coloured wall combined with the bed cover and the book-bedside tables. Simple and beautiful.