The roar of the rhino greets you in the doorway of this Stuttgart apartment. The striking faux taxidermy bust lets you know you’re in for a wild adventure with this stunning home. Architect Peter Ippolito and his partner Stefan Gabel, a textile designer, bought this 1905 apartment together with the plan to make it their own. The two collaborated to create an eclectic home that bursts with color, texture and beautiful form.
The maisonette occupies the top two floors of a Wilhelmian building, built during the reign of the last kind of Germany. These days the popular central neighborhood attracts many creative characters with its vibrant annual street festival and clusters of quirky coffee shops. The 3,120-square-foot unit is a unique shape; cut like a slice of cake, the trapezoidal shape gives the floor plan a dynamic layout.
Brimming with art and travel mementos, the hallway is a cabinet of curiosities, as well as the central backbone to the maisonette’s navigation. Working with a listed building means you have to adhere to strict building regulations, but it hasn’t stopped the duo from modernizing the space. Playing within the boundaries provides creative challenges and can lead to some inspiring results.
Doing away with doors, crown molding frames the passageways, standing out against the magnesite gray walls. Under the artificial rhino head from famed Parisian taxidermist Deyrolle, is a long bench shipped from India, which had to be hauled up through a crane and required six pairs of hands to carry into place. A floor to ceiling mirror makes the room feel larger, and the wedge shaped room tapers towards the living room.
A black herringbone floor covers most of the home, except for this one room. Taking a left turn, already aware that we’re in for a wild ride, the staircase room excites the senses with its jungle-themed hand-printed Timorous Beasties wallpaper.
Welcome to the jungle. A life-size wooden horse stands in front of a smoked window pane. Hanging globes drip from the ceiling, and the effect of wilderness and dappled sunlight is heightened by the vine-like cotton shade that hangs over the window frame. The stairway area alone cost the couple $23,500.
A curved arch leads to the living room, where shapes play tag with one another. Circular shapes in the lighting design are mimicked with the plump round sofa. Overhead two cutout ovals sink into one another, while straight angles frame the corners of the room.
The double sliding doors are pulled back to reveal the dining room.
A collection of cultures are brought together in this dining room. Uzbek ikat cloth hangs proudly against the dark green, silk wallpaper. Indian embroideries, Laotian textiles and woven Mbole losa provide a variety of styles and textures that capture your attention.
Reflected in the black lacquered edge of the rosewood table is Alix Waline’s ceiling mural. Pointillist dots swoop and curve to create a dynamic fresco.
Adjoining both the salon and dining room is a curved conservatory space. Specially commissioned psychedelic wallpaper challenges the eye, forming a striking background for artwork. Wide bay windows provide plenty of light for this quiet study spot.
From the other side of the staircase room is the master bedroom. Three smaller rooms were merged together to create one long, bookshelf-lined bedroom. Doubling as a library, sloped walls give the room a sense of futurism. At the far end a mirrored wall elongates the bookshelf, and beyond is a dressing room.
The gym doubles as a guest room, with a murphy bed tucked into the wall. Connecting through is a salmon-colored bathroom, paired with limestone flooring and a freestanding washstand. Mirrors expand the size of the room, with a walk-in shower and a grid ceiling.
Cooking with friends is a passion, so the pair fit the kitchen to industrial standards with a block kitchen island at its centre. The sharp stainless steel is softened with the tiles and warmer cabinetry.
The top floor terrace room provides the perfect space for a study, where succulents are flooded with light. A private TV lounge makes it easy to get away from the world. There are stunning views over Stuttgart, and a bed in one of the windows offers additional space for guests.
The eclectic interior design in Maisonette P155 is a love affair with art, and a passion for textures. The shapes and textiles woven together give you a variety of moods and spaces as you wander the halls of this turn-of-the-century-turned-modern masterpiece.
But wait! It would be foolish to think this is the end. While the loft-style apartment acts indeed as a checkpoint between travels and provides a space to call home, the rooms are subject to evolve and change. For Ippolito it’s definitely all about the process and ideas evolving. So watch this space!
If you’re interested in seeing more eclectic home tours, you have to check out the bold stylings of Parisian designer Dariel Thomas or this Penthouse suite in Berlin that shows bachelor pads don’t always have to be black, or bare.
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