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For Bartmann Berlin’s Lasse Schnack, modern nostalgia is no paradox

Easy, uncomplicated – comfortable. States we often chasing. Yet, getting there often calls for a little tinkering. While studio Bartmann Berlin, founded in 2007 by Lasse Schnack, Robert Zeise and Sebastian Kunath, started out with exhibition design and custom interiors, over time, the trio gravitated towards creating furniture and design objects. The move went beyond their aspirations for quality crafting, and had its roots in our everyday lives. More precisely, in the nuanced needs and desires that come with it, and how to streamline these. Working from the inception all the way to production, today, you can see the unified result in their straightforward designs that are just easy to handle and as they are to fit into a multitude of homes. They chose to set their own standards – and what could be more comforting than that?

As part of our Better Bedrooms series, we visited Lasse at home in Berlin, to see just where the designer chooses to lay his head.

“Most of the time, we get the idea for a new design from everyday life. Sometimes we feel a specific need and can’t find the right product to satisfy it. We wanted a bed frame that is simple, minimal but high quality. This is, for example, how we created our bed ‘Unidorm’.”

“Piet Hein Eek is a huge inspiration for us. He managed to combine traditional craftsmanship with the modern concept of working as a designer.”

“It’s important for me that we not only focus on trends and new designs. We also have to appreciate the old ones. That’s why for me, my great-grandmother’s heirlooms are so precious.”

“My family makes this apartment feel like home. When my two kids are staying with their grandparents for a few days, it’s almost too quiet. I love having them around.”

“What else? Light, for me is extremely important, but it’s the furniture itself that I have here – when I think of it, that’s home.”

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