With a confident color palette and clever space-saving tricks, designer Peter Fehrentz transforms a 646-square-foot apartment in Berlin.

The old wood floors throughout the open-plan space are painted a dark eggplant. The vintage PP19 armchair is by Hans J. Wegner for PP Møbler. The painting above it is by Ruben Toledo, a friend of Peter Fehrentz, the resident. A trio of Tom Dixon lights hangs over the Pirkka dining table, with bench seating by Ilmari Tapiovaara for Artek. The Berber rug is from Morocco, purchased from the Paris shop Caravane.

Until recently, Peter Fehrentz lived full-time in Hamburg, Germany. But he longed for a pied-à-terre in Berlin, a city he describes as “lively, complex, multicultural, and, for me, a source of inspiration.” His brother and many friends lived there, and he frequently visited. Finally, in 2009, he took the plunge and purchased a flat in Schöneberg, an up-and-coming neighborhood in west Berlin known for its art galleries, cafes, and fashion boutiques.

Sheer gray curtains by Ulf Moritz for Sahco add to the apartment’s moody atmosphere.

In this area, apartments seldom come on the market—so when this one did, he pounced, despite the fact that it held little aesthetic appeal. The fourth-floor unit had no direct sunlight and no balcony; it consisted of a warren of tiny rooms; and it measured just 646 square feet. The bathroom was less than three feet wide, and the only way to get into the shower was to climb over the toilet. Located in the side wing of a turn-of-the-20th-century building, the unit lacked plaster ornamentation and architectural detailing—indicating its past as servants’ quarters. “Normally, you wouldn’t invest much money and time into such a humble place,” says Fehrentz. But he saw the potential for a stylish, refined, and sophisticated place to show his work to clients.

The old wood floors throughout the open-plan space are painted a dark eggplant. The vintage PP19 armchair is by Hans J. Wegner for PP Møbler. The painting above it is by Ruben Toledo, a friend of Peter Fehrentz, the resident. A trio of Tom Dixon lights hangs over the Pirkka dining table, with bench seating by Ilmari Tapiovaara for Artek. The Berber rug is from Morocco, purchased from the Paris shop Caravane.

Fortunately, he had the design chops to execute this vision. In addition to his work as an interior designer and photographer, he is also a stylist and set designer, creating artificial rooms for editorial and advertising photo shoots, and building props, lighting, and furnishings from scratch. Thanks to his professional experience and his hands-on approach, “I could see immediately what walls should stay and what should be ripped out and changed,” he says. “I had a fantasy about how to transform it into a very personal place.”

In a moody apartment in Berlin, multi-toned charcoal gray subway tiles make up the backsplash, which contrasts with the pop of rosy color on the kitchen cabinets. The pink is a custom hue.

See the full story on Dwell.com: Inside Peter Fehrentz’s Renovated Flat in Berlin
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