A Japanese-Inspired Interior in Berlin

In the heart of Berlin, amidst the urban sprawl of Spittelmarkt, a penthouse has been transformed into an ethereal retreat, blending Japanese aesthetics with European living. 

Studio Carlo Berlin, known for their craftsmanship and attention to detail, has created a serene space that rises above the city’s chaos, offering a unique blend of cultural harmony.

Upon entering the apartment, one is immediately enveloped in a sense of calm. The design is a homage to the harmony of Japanese artistry and modern European style. 

The focal point of the apartment is the traditional Chashitsu, a quintessential Japanese tea corner, gracefully integrated into the living space. 

Lined with Tatami mats, this niche becomes a personal haven for the homeowner, a Japanese translator, to engage in meditative tea ceremonies. The area is bathed in a soft, shimmering light, thanks to a leaf-gold coated back wall that adds a touch of elegance and warmth.

The influence of Japanese design is present throughout the 120-square-meter space. 

The entrance hall is adorned with hand-painted wallpaper depicting serene tree motifs, reminiscent of the Japanese practice of forest bathing, Shirin Yoku. 

The wardrobe area unveils another cultural gem: antique Japanese summer doors beautifully integrated into the modern framework of the built-in closet. These elements collectively create a space that transcends geographical boundaries, offering a peaceful escape from the urban exterior.

The dedication to detail is evident in every corner of the house. The woodwork, inspired by traditional Japanese techniques, showcases the revered Far Eastern craftsmanship. 

The joy of the carpentry firm’s head, a Japan enthusiast himself, in meeting the exacting standards of the interior designers, is evident in the quality of the finishes.

In the kitchen, the seating area is furnished with elegant pieces from the Japanese manufacturer Miyazaki, allowing the homeowner to bask in the reminiscent beauty of her second homeland, far above the bustling streets of Spittelmarkt.

Photos by Daniel Schaefer