An eclectic vintage pad in Schöneberg

Berlin is known for individuality, and Rote Insel – a district of the city – is too (literally ‘Red Island’ due to the railway trenches and leftist sympathies that characterised the place). For some reason the area survived many of the air raids during the war and managed to retain a lot of its characterful period buildings such as this one. The island was home to famous entertainers such as Hildegard Knef (who I imagine was singing about the island here) and Marlene Dietrich (acting alongside the great David Bowie in this video). What better location for an apartment as eclectic as this?


This huge poster is so striking, it makes me want to copy this style.


The minimal modern kitchen forms a good contrast with the bold older features in the rest of the apartment


Similar to the kitchen, the minimal look of the bathroom is core to how the rest of the apartment’s style works. If everything in the house were strong and bold it could become exhausting to look at. Can you spot the fish here, though?