Holly always gives the best tips. Last week, she tipped me (along with her other 35,000 daily readers) off to Freunde von Freunden, and I couldn’t be happier about it. A bit like The Selby but based in Berlin, this interviews-and-photography site features some fantastically interesting and creative people, and the interiors to match. The photos are huge and expertly shot, so it didn’t take me too long to find a kitchen worth drooling over.
Olaf Hajek is a Berlin-based illustrator with a decorating style equal parts minimal and quirky, both of which are apparent in his killer kitchen. I love the different materials used for the galley and island, which work together but create some interesting tension. The skirted sink is both industrial and sweet, and the small vintage side table keeps the whole place casual. Of course, the real star here is the blackboard wall; what an awesome idea for an illustrator! An changing gallery of work, and a great way to “zone” the kitchen in an open-plan space. The unexpected fluorescent lights are are the icing on the cake.