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Palate Cleanser

by habituallychic

11 . 29 . 11
UPDATE: The photos from this post are now gone because I was contacted by somone who claimed to own the copyright.  After receiving several rude emails from them, I decided to take them down.  I apologize for the inconvenience.
I think we all know by now that I like stuff.  I like homes filled with collections and curiosities picked up along a lifetime spent traveling the world.  But every once in a while it all becomes a bit too much and you need a palate cleanser.  Think of it as a bowl of clear broth soup after a gluttonous Thanksgiving. I saw a few of these photos from the apartment of Wolfgang Benkhen in Hamburg, Germany on tumblr but it wasn’t until today that I saw the entire space.  I don’t love it all.  I’m not a fan of the kitchen or bedroom but I do love the herringbone floors, leaning artwork, and the piles of books and magazines. I also like how much better modern furniture looks in European interiors.  Wish it looked that good here. 

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  1. Diane James Home November 29, 2011 | 10:23 pm

    A very clean slate after all of the opulence of BG and RL windows! I love the contrast of the old floors and beautiful moldings against the modern lines of the funiture. I agree though – I would be afraid to make past sauce in the white kitchen and the bedroom looks like its for a monk!

  2. CD November 30, 2011 | 4:16 am

    This is one of my absolute favorites. It blurs the boundaries of home/gallery/theatre/work of art… I adore the kitchen I must admit. What could be better than this! And a detail of the bedroom is equally impressive. For whatever reason it transports me to Marina Abramovic’s MoMA performance. A touch of minimalism, a touch of surrealism. It echoes Mies’s famous motto: “Less is more.” Thank you so much for these sublime photographs Heather.

  3. JohannaK November 30, 2011 | 9:06 am

    Oh, so lovely floors!! These pictures matches my scandinavian taste…but that is because I´m from Finland 😉 But I love to see the pictures of holiday windows! You have lots of lovely things there in USA <3

  4. texaz November 30, 2011 | 1:05 pm

    This house speaks of tranquility. The herringbone floor is divine, as is the furniture in the living room. However, I find the piles of books and leaning art incongruous to the cleanliness of the rest of the house.

  5. Fiona November 30, 2011 | 1:51 pm

    I love the kitchen. The bedroom is just very spare, but it’s in keeping with the rest of the house in this case. I agree with the other poster–my only issue is with the piled books and paintings, which I think could be put to better use–and also be more accessible–elsewhere.

  6. Lauren Sakuma さくま November 30, 2011 | 2:34 pm

    love this! so clean & fresh… so calming, yet it states a strong sense of taste for good design..

  7. Pam @ Cherish Toronto November 30, 2011 | 4:26 pm

    Love the herringbone floors, they are definitely the best part of this home. Have you seen the Canadian House & Home 2011 Showhome? (Here’s the link: http://bit.ly/tX79vj) It also has herringbone floors throughout the main floor. Gorgeous!

  8. MJH Design Arts November 30, 2011 | 5:50 pm

    Indeed gorgeous, but I don’t think I would be comfortable here for more than 15-20 minutes. Mary