Tell us a little about yourself.
Sure! I’m Stefan, I’m 39 years old and have lived in Berlin now for almost 15 years. Even before I moved here, I had always dreamed of having a lovely traditional apartment with a stucco ceiling, hardwood floor and panelled doors. Now, I’ve made this dream a reality and can make the most of it from a design point of view.
I used to look for interior design inspiration on Instagram and other platforms but then my friends said that I should be posting photos of my own apartment. At first, I didn’t really think that my home was anything special, but now there are so many people following me to see what I do next. People are always sending me photos of their interiors saying they were inspired by my style, which is amazing!
What are your priorities when it comes to the interior design for your apartment?
For me, what is most important is that the colours and shapes are harmonious. Everything needs to fit together, without it looking too uniform. I find using furniture exclusively from one series rather boring; I prefer a mix of new and vintage paired with designer pieces. Good interior design takes time, which is why I enjoy going piece by piece then swapping a piece of furniture every now and again, giving a wall a new splash of paint or simply adding a picture to the gallery. You can change the feel of a room without completely remodelling just by playing around with the smaller elements.
But a room not only needs to look good, it also has to be designed with practicality in mind and suit the lifestyle of its occupants. Furnishings need to have a purpose too. And, of course, essential items of furniture can also be beautiful or serve as the room’s focal point. With this in mind, I like to take a little longer looking for just the right things and save up my money for something special. The anticipation just makes it that much better.
Where did you first encounter Thonet furniture and what made you choose the 404 wooden chair by Stefan Diez?
I actually had the opportunity to meet Stefan Diez at an event where he was presenting the chair. I loved his idea of taking the classic Thonet design and reinterpreting it. The design is timeless and its clean lines really make it something special. And, most importantly, it is exceptionally comfortable. From a tradition-rich company like Thonet, though, I would expect nothing less.
Which Thonet pieces are still on your wish list?
I already have the 404, which was at the top of my Thonet wish list. But since I work from home, the S 64 NDR or the S 64 PVDR would also be a great addition to my home office.