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Sigurd Larsen tells us how he brought comfort to the Michelberger Hotel in Berlin

Photography by Rita Lino

With our Interior Tips series we lend insight into the creative processes of experts in the interior world and their favourite bedroom project.

Hailing from Copenhagen but currently based in Berlin, architect and interior designer Sigurd Larsen’s modern designs have long since gained acclaim beyond the realms of Denmark and Germany. Having studied at ‘The Royal Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture’ in Copenhagen, he relocated to Berlin in 2009 and founded the design studio. Here, he combines the aesthetics of high quality materials with concepts focusing on functionality in complex spaces. Sigurd recently completed a series of loft rooms at Michelberger Hotel in Berlin.

What was the brief for the bedroom? What did you try and accomplish through your design?

Many of the guests at the Michelberger Hotel are artists who need to stay in Berlin for longer periods. Our assignment was to design rooms they would feel at home in, but still find them to be homes out of the ordinary. For example, a hotel room bed is always a more central element of the room than your bed at home.

“Our assignment was to design rooms they would feel at home in, but still find them to be homes out of the ordinary.”

Did you face any problems? How did you solve these?

The rooms are all in a so called Berliner Zimmer. This is the deep room in the corner of a 19th century industrial courtyard building, typical for Berlin. The only daylight provided comes from one single corner of the room. For this reason, we created axis through the various small rooms by aligning openings in the wooden walls. This way, you can stand in the deepest end, look through a series of rooms and still see the window at the end.

Which feature do you think every bedroom needs?

I prefer sleeping in a smaller and completely dark room. But in the morning, it’s nice to have a bigger and brighter room. Curtains or sliding doors make it possible to have both options. In Michelberger Hotel we made it happen through the big doors next to the beds that merge the bedroom with the living room or bathtub.

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