When graphic designer and illustrator Verena Michelitsch first saw this apartment, she had to look past the gray walls, dirty windows and the fact that there was no kitchen. But it had incredible high ceilings, great light and original 19th century hardwood floors and perhaps even more importantly, the rent was cheap. And the location, in the Lend district of Graz, Austria, situated next to the Mur river, was fantastic. So with the help of good friends, Verena set about making some renovations – and even installed a basic kitchen. Her overall decorating objective was to keep the space light and bright, accented by bright pops of colors. To that end, Verena purchased simple white Ikea furniture. And then rummaged through flea markets and her parent’s attic to find fun, colorful pieces from the ’60s and ’70s. Verena moved out of the apartment (and to New York City) last September, so a big thank you to her for allowing us a peek back into her home. -Amy Azzarito
Image above: The SHH letters poster I brought home from a design and furniture fair in Copenhagen a few years ago. I think it was part of their branding, the fair was called Showcase or something. I took some random letters and thought the SHH would perfectly fit into a quiet bedroom. The pink vase is a piece from Ikea. It’s perfect for long, blossoming branches. I always have fresh flowers in my apartment, mostly handpicked from my Mum’s beautiful big garden or from the farmers market around the corner.
Image above: The chairs I have collected over time. At first, I just had this black Eames chair, which was a lucky ind at a junk dealer and then collected more chairs, piece by piece. The two ’50s-style chairs are from a house in my neighborhood that was uninhabited for about 20 years. My friend and I saw vintage furniture standing around out on the street outside and we asked if we could have a look into the abandoned apartment. We were allowed to take whatever furniture we liked. The rug and the tulip Saarinen-style round table are both Ikea. The large ‘A’ on the bookcase I stumbled up upon in the middle of the night. I think I was out for drinks and walked home when I saw workers disassembling this huge store lettering from a shoe store frontage. I asked them what they would do with these letters, and they said they were throwng them away. I called a friend and we filled his car with all the letters we could cram in tand took them home and to our studio space EN GARDE, where I worked in Graz. So many of the pieces in my apartment I have found by coincidence or good luck. I like that all these items are found from random places in my old city and hold such great memories.
See more of Verena’s Austrian apartment after the jump!