Raw meets up-cycled
With the vast array of products and finishes available for the homes these days there seems to be an ever shifting trend in the way that “shabby chic” has entered into our homes and environments.
Even though I am not a fan of the word shabby chic itself as it tends to conjure up images of somebody scrapping paint off a piece of furniture and making it look more distressed than a European Union Member of Parliament, there is still a desire for stylish shabby chic.
Enter Hagar Abiri, a Berlin based architectural designer that utilises a buildings fundamental structural materials for its main design features. This is a common occurrence in retail spaces as well as homes where people find themselves having problematic areas such as exposed beams, structural supports and open brick walls and textured plaster.
Hagar has created a series of upmarket “shabby chic” style interiors that has made excellent use of the raw materials in apartments in Berlin. Described as, Poor but Sexy, this look aims to emphasise what can be utilised in the surroundings.
By utilising these open features and creating an open, airy environment, the true character of the building starts to shine through. This is a design concept where you can use ultra-modern fittings and finishes in stark contrast with up-cycled second hand goods.
Using techniques such as dry brushing and light staining of exposed surfaces you can create a well-balanced interior. Using Annie Sloan clear wax applied to raw concrete pillars and beams will give rich earth tones and highlight beautifully all the natural contours.
Running a very quick, Old White, Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, wash over raw bricks and sealed with brick or slate sealer will only enhance the look and feel of the interiors.
I am a big fan in placing two contrasting interiors together to create a stylish, up-cycled look whilst maintaining a certain elegance and air of grandeur to an open plan environment that doesn’t shout, minimalist!
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