Places Life on the Inside

Home as a personal museum

Finding inspiration from nature – that’s exactly what Stephen Molloy and Gunnar Rönsch of Fundamental.Berlin do. The two architects met during their studies in Berlin and graduated in 2006. After pursuing their architectural careers working for the likes of David Chipperfield and Jürgen Mayer H, they returned to Berlin in 2011 to start experimenting with mathematics – natural mathematics, that is. For our Better Bedroom series, we visited Stephen Molloy at his home.

It’s a long-running tradition for architects to be interested in furniture, Stephen tells us. Most of his heroes have created interior pieces, from Alvar Aalto to Charles Rennie Mackintosh or Mies van der Rohe. “It’s almost rare for an architect not to have some interest in interiors”. What about the mathematic processes in nature that inspire Fundamental’s pieces? From a table as a study of a tree splitting its roots, to a bowl showcasing organic distortions, their works not only make maths looks fun, they act as a reminder how ingenious yet imperfect nature really is.

Our enthusiasm is for the simplest processes: For example how a tree splits its roots.

Many of our pieces work with the principle of the imperfect.

A home should be a personal private museum. Not every artifact has earned its place because it’s beautiful or showcases good taste – practical use or sentimental value are much more important.

Gunnar sleeps on The Mattress

Decorating your home should never start or end.

I’m very much inspired by the radical minimalism of Mari Kondo, but have a similar stance towards her ideas as Karl Marx towards communism: It’s an interesting concept, but I still prefer to live in a social market economy – or in this case a home that serves as a personal private museum.


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