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Wednesday, 25 January 2012

mies et marion

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marion suggested paying mies a visit, and we did. and look, how well they got on!

the house, originally landhaus lemke (1932), is tiny. like so many places in berlin, it has a complex history. after the war, the russian allies used it as a garage, in the 1960s, it was used by the stasi (east german secret service) as laundry storage. today, you can visit the house - it is almost empty, there is no signage, there are no wall texts, no plaques, no explanations. which is astonishing. at the same time, it gives you the chance to just see and feel the place, the light, the textures.

a few days later i found myself pondering how mr and mrs lemke, the original owners, might have used the space. i can work out kitchen, bathroom, and bedroom (fairly obvious), but how did they use the two main rooms? did they choose to have the view onto the garden and the little lake beyond from the living room? and how did they furnish the rooms? a look at the house's website gives you an idea, and i must say, well, in this instance, i agree to disagree with mies. i bet the carpets were chosen by the lemke's though. oh, the absence of taste.

p.s.: don't forget you can still enter for my little giveaway. i will draw a winner this coming sunday.

14 comments:

Marion said...

I do love these so much K, thank you, thank you, thank you !

SreeBindu said...

love the 3rd pic =)

Birdie said...

Like it !

elisabelle said...

Truly beautiful K!
And thank you for the story!

Ana said...

What a beautiful place. I must visit that house when in Berlin. Very nice pictures as well!

Michelle said...

That is very beautiful. I love Berlin, and it's complex history too :)

Anne said...

great series!

joana said...

i'm so jealous right now. first you got to see and visit the cité radieuse, and now this beautiful home!
the light and textures are wonderful :)

jana said...

ooh ich wusste gar nicht dass man dieses haus besichtigen kann...will have to go there one day. die einrichtung sieht eher trostlos aus, da hast du recht! brrr...

et lille oejeblik - a little moment said...

the photos are amazing. love how the sun light is so prominent even though it's black and white. just lovely.

Mary said...

i would so love to visit here. thanks for posting these. such lovely shots. so interesting - i'd no idea about its chequered past.

The Squirrel and I said...

beautiful photos! I hope I can go there some day! thanks for sharing and thanks for a beautiful blog!

P R I M O E Z A said...

so interesting. thanks for the pictures.

Marie-Christine said...

I come often to your bog and never comment, but now I will ! Your pictures are very inspiring. As a scenographer, I come to your blog to get inspired by atmospheres, or challenges, or just empty my mind. Really like what I get here, some fresh air. I'll never use any picture without your content. Thanks for sharing these moments.

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