The couple has designed and built the house them selves. The house has a center room with 7 meters to the ceiling and is only heated by the big fireplace in the middle. The interiors is a mix of flea market findings and heirlooms mixed with modern design that Karen find son fairs and travels. Karen works from her studio in the house.
Instead of buying a new house when the family needed more space they decided to have an architect company design and build 79m2 to the house. The upper part of the house was extended to make room for a new bathroom, kitchen and bedroom. Between the two buildings a new big dining room was built with a glass part from floor to ceiling.
At first glance it's not the lighting that attracts the attention in the couple's home. Instead you are overwhelmed by the very large and very colorful paintings that decorate the snow-white walls. Paintings are all testify that the people who live here thrive in wild forms and colors. At second look you notice the lamps like small surprises and artworks. A decor that fits perfectly to this type of modern apartment with large open spaces, bright ash wood floors and large door and window openings. Kartell, Eames, Gubi, Moooi, Established & Son and Paul Smith are among the designers represented in the couple's home.
Apartment on parking deck
In 2000 an investment company bought the building and they turned the old parking deck into 13 apartments with fronts teak tree facing the yard. In the yard where there used to be parking spaces they created a big common garden. Large crocks with trees and bushes create a surprising atmosphere in the normally so grey and anonymous 70ies yard.
They like new design and have decorated their house with a mix of designer furniture and more personal things.