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Sarah Van Peteghem furnishes Berlin apartment with vintage Danish seats

Interior designer Sarah Van Peteghem has added greyscale furnishings, fabrics and accessories sourced from both contemporary brands and antique stores to this minimal apartment in Berlin (+ slideshow).


Van Peteghem, who also goes by the alias Coco Lapine, styled the apartment in the city's Steglitz area for Berlin estate agent Simply Samuels.

Situated in a 1961 block, the renovated 82-square-metre space features an open-plan living area, two bedrooms and a bathroom – all connected by a hallway.


The walls and ceilings around the interior are all painted white, while hardwood flooring runs throughout.

Van Peteghem sourced furniture from various Berlin design brands and Pamono – an online platform that collates vintage furniture collections from across Europe.


The living room has a "classic Danish vintage" influence, furnished with two 1950 GE-270 Getama teak easy chairs by Modernist designer Hans J Wegner, and a 1960s Minerva daybed by Copenhagen firm Hvidt & Mølgaard in the same wood.

The seating is upholstered in a textured grey fabric, with a darker shade used for the sides of the cushions.


A print showing elevations of iconic buildings in Stockholm hangs above the sofas, alongside a star chart and a postcard.

The table in the middle of the space was handcrafted from oak by Fundamental Berlin to create an uneven surface, which the designer topped with white ceramic vases.


"I love the combination of the soft porcelain against the geometric texture of the table" said Van Peteghem, who has also restyled a refurbished 20th-century apartment and a show home with monochrome paintwork in the German capital.


A black Easy table from Berlin brand My Kilos is set for breakfast in the dining area, using marble egg cups that double as salt and pepper shakers, and assorted cutlery.


In the master bedroom, the double bed is covered with bedding from Barcelona brand Mikmax and a throw from UK company Urbanara – both in neutral grey hues.


"Above it, I placed one of my recent prints Room with a View to give the space some extra dimension," Van Peteghem said.

A lamp sits on the two-legged Yeh Side Table, designed by Kenyon Yeh for Menu, while another light fixture hangs from the radiator pipes on the other side.


Clothes and magazines are hung on a white Mulig clothes rail from Ikea, placed beside a Thonet-style wooden dining chair.


The desk version of the dining table sits in the second bedroom, accompanied by a DSW chair by Charles and Ray Eames that has a black plastic shell – the same as another used in the living space.


A framed print of different whale illustrations is leant up at the back of the desk, surrounded by containers and accessories, as well as a desk lamp by French lighting company Jieldé.


Beside the single bed, a Fancy finger pillow by Lucky Boy Sunday is placed in a grey felt basket next to a white stool used as a bedside table.


In other apartments around Berlin, designers have installed features including a pine unit that provides a kitchen, bathroom and mezzanine sleeping level and a fireman's pole for quickly moving between two floors.