Sarah Van Peteghem restyles Berlin apartment with woollen lamps and cables

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Refurbishment of the studio-apartment by a real-estate company.

Lampshades with five-metre-long woven cables have been draped and twisted around a refurbished 20th century apartment in Berlin by interior stylist Sarah Van Peteghem (+ slideshow).Sarah Van Peteghem, who also runs interior blog Coco Lapine, used a selection of products by German design company Llot Llov to rejuvenate the 100-year-old flat in Prenzlauer Berg.

The Berlin-based stylist was asked to dress the studio-apartment by real-estate company Fantastic Frank "who aim to make a story" for each property in its portfolio to help purchasers imagine themselves at home.

"Rather than creating a common home with a couch and TV, I explored a more contemporary version of a home," Peteghem told Dezeen.

Peteghem added light fittings with woollen shades and long knitted cables that "make interesting structures" in the white-washed space, which has light wooden floors.

The woven flexes of the lights, called Matt and Ray, wrap around fittings and stretch from plug sockets across the high ceilings of the apartment."I kept everything very simple so that the lighting would get most attention and the high ceilings of the building would be accentuated," said Peteghem.

Two Ray lamps with wine and grey-coloured shades are intertwined over a white pine desk, normally intended for office use, to form a centrepiece in the open-plan living and dining room.

The Clark table has built-in storage spaces in the form of deep boxes attached to one end and has been used by Peteghem as a dining table, laid for breakfast with white and grey ceramics from Vipp.

"I like the difference between the curves of the cups and bowls against the sharp angles of the desk," said the stylist.

A collection of stools dotted around the space are intended to help buyers imagine where furniture might be positioned. One stool with a thick cork seat has a black wire frame that appears at first like an upturned basket.

Herbs, vegetables and pot plants arranged along the kitchen counter and windowsills of the apartment provide accents of colour, alongside the dark-toned lamps, to the otherwise pale interior decoration.

"Greens are a very important part of my styling. Especially in a white and bright apartment like this one, the green of the Chinese evergreen (aglaonema), yucca and the herbs in the kitchen sort of pop out from behind the white wall," said Peteghem.

"I think plants are one of these things that make a house feel like a home," she added.

In the bedroom, Peteghem used a series of unshaded Matt lights to create a "woollen tangle" above the bed, which is decorated with two graphic monochrome pillows.

Sarah Van Peteghem restyles Berlin apartment with woollen lamps and cables

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