Glogauer Strasse by Mar Plus Ask

  • Contemporary design couple Mar Plus Ask flawlessly fuse two cultural aesthetics in their converted Berlin home and studio.

    It’s hard to believe that in a past life, this space was a local pharmaceutical supermarket. Now a serene and minimalist one-bedroom home and office for architectural duo Mar Vicens and Ask AnkerAistrup (who make up Mar Plus Ask) Glogauer Strasse offers a tranquil sanctuary that’s tucked away from the chaos of gritty Berlin.

    Sitting underneath Alvar Aalto’s ‘Golden Bell’ lights by Artek, is Mar and Ask’s custom crafted dining table using recycled wood from the renovation. Matched up with a covetable mix of chairs, including Hans J Wegner’s ‘Sawbuck’ for Carl Hansen & Søn, One by Børge Mogensen for FDB Møbler and a ‘Folding Chair’ by Egon Eiermann.

    Located in Kreuzberg, formerly part of West Germany since 1970, the neighbourhood has become known for its alternative scene, Ask explains. “It is a dirty and noisy part of the city, but the neighbourhood wears it in a charming way.” Partners in business and in life, Danish-born Ask and Spanish-born Mar set about restructuring the heritage building’s stark 180-square-metre retail space into an inviting and serene home featuring a palette of soft blush hues, oatmeal tones and plenty of textural greys.

    Setting the foundation for the whole apartment, Mar Plus Ask chose a polished concrete floor then rendered each wall in a chalky-smooth, stucco-style plaster. Inspired by the monastic qualities of the home’s 80-centimetre-thick walls and lofty ceilings overhead, Mar Plus Ask selected raw, earthy and natural materials that reflected a refined and quiet quality- without the sense of sterility that often accompanies a minimal home.

    Ask AnkerAistrup inherited the ‘Safari’ chairs by Kaare Klint for Carl Hansen & Søn from his father. The ‘Piero’ coffee table by Joa Herrenknecht is from Bolia and the sofa is the ‘Mayor’ design by Arne Jacobsen and Flemming Lassen for &Tradition.

    Showcasing an enviable blend of vintage and new contemporary finds, Glogauer Strasse highlights warm oak timbers, accents of copper, worn tan leather and wicker which weave a tactile element through the home.  Ask explains that it’s their unique European backgrounds that merged to form a Mediterranean influence in an otherwise classic Scandinavian design in a German setting “I’m Danish but love everything Mediterranean. Mar is Spanish and loves everything Nordic!”

    Pale and interesting Glogauer Strasse is a lesson in delicacy and colour. A thoroughly contemporary transformation leaving no trace of the supermarket that once was, or the gritty Berlin streets outside- just a tranquil and refined retreat for two.

    The kitchen from this home originally appeared in issue #32 of est magazine. 

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