KITZBÜHEL | Issue 42 | Winter 2017
Bernd Gruber was commissioned to design a classically elegant townhouse in a unique central location in Berlin, not far from the Federal Foreign Office.
“The 7-storey building has an extremely unusual floor plan“, says Bernd Gruber. “It is very narrow, yet all the more profound“, he adds. The resulting unusual arrangement of rooms made the project a particularly interesting challenge for the interior designer, who transformed this unconventional dwelling into a stylish and incredibly elegant home.
One of this dwelling’s special highlights is its view. Expansive, floor-to-ceiling windows open up to reveal fabulous vistas of the Berlin cathedral dome, tucked behind neo-Gothic brick architecture. From the 7th floor, the owners can also relish unparalleled scenes of Berlin. In deliberate contrast to the light-flooded rooms, high quality pinewood in a darker tone was selected for the furnishings, whose grain-structure comes into its own on exposure to light. The colours of the walls are also discreet yet sophisticated – the grey becomes one tone lighter on every ascending floor, leading, so to speak, to the light. The delicately textured wallpaper subtly reflects the herringbone structure of the parquet flooring in the wall design.
The skilful use of features in dark metal, elegant furniture such as velvet chairs by Promemoria and sophisticated colour accents has created an atmosphere of understated elegance on all seven floors of this house – which is unrivalled, even in the cosmopolitan city of Berlin. ”We are delighted that the householders deliberately selected us and our expert craftsmanship from Austria“, says Gruber.
In 1992, Bernd Gruber took over his father’s carpentry business, which had already been in existence for 30 years, and began to restructure operations according to his own principles. During the summer of 2016, the workshop in Stuhlfelden was modernised and expanded to cover 2,000 square metres. The professionalism and passion evident in the workshop provide the basis for the range of services offered by this international company.
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