Going to Berlin? This Is Where You Should Stay
We’re fans of Dorothée Brand’s interior photography work, where she perfectly captures the mood and essence of the spaces she shoots. So when the Seattle- and New York–based shutterbug let us know she was spending a few months in Berlin, we asked her to keep her eyes peeled for stylish interiors to share, and she certainly delivered. Brand spent some time at the Gorki Apartments, an extended-stay lodging option comprising 34 separate apartments with unique designs that capture the style and sensibility of Berlin. Keep scrolling for a tour of the space, and you’ll quickly see why you should stay here on your next trip.
“Last fall I was lucky to have the opportunity to live in Berlin for a few months,” Brand tells us. “Being German but having lived in the U.S. for quite some time, Berlin was a ‘home away from home’ while still being totally new for me to explore.”
“After doing some online research about interior designers in Berlin, I came across the Gorki Apartments that happened to be located only two blocks from where I was living,” the photographer tells us. Designed by Sandra Pauquet, the interiors of the Gorki Apartments feature bold colors, striking wallpapers, sculptural light fixtures, and interesting tiles.
The apartments retain the historic structure’s original details, like intricate moldings and wood floors, ensuring each individual space is a combination of old and new. “I have always pored over the snippets of interiors I had seen emerging from this city,” Brand tells us. “Many of the apartments have incredibly high ceilings, crown molding, wide-plank hardwood floors, and often lots of great light.”
Being that the apartments all have kitchenettes and dining spaces, they make for a great lodging option for those visiting the city for longer than just a few days. “Gorki is sort of in between a hotel and an Airbnb,” Brand says. “To me, staying in one really allows the opportunity to have a local experience.”
With rooms that combine bold and subdued, old and new, each apartment feels curated and collected, lending the spaces a sense of authenticity. “What really impressed me was the seemingly effortless way that designer furniture and flea-market finds found a home side by side,” Brand says. “To me, that is quintessential Berlin."
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