OK, I won’t lie, I’m absolutely devastated that I cannot be in Copenhagen this week, but what better way to celebrate 3 Days of Design than by hanging out with one of the designers exhibiting at this year’s event, Rebecca Goddard.
Originally from the US, and now based in Berlin, Rebecca is not only a designer, but a freelance visual editor and creator of the must-read RG Daily blog.
With a professional background in furniture design, Rebecca worked as a product development engineer and designer for several years before moving to Germany with her husband, Sven.
So, before she headed off to Denmark to launch her new collaboration with emerging design brand FORESTA, I caught up with her to find out more about the place she calls home.
Over to Rebecca to tell us more:
“My husband Sven and I have been living in Berlin for just over two years now, moving into our current Altbau, period-build flat in Prenzlauer Berg, at the start of this year. Anyone who knows the housing market in Berlin will tell you just how impossible it is to get a nice apartment here that ticks all the boxes, so I feel incredibly thankful that we get to call this place home.
I honestly think we got lucky, though a lot of people would have been totally put off by how much work needed doing. But not me, I love a good DIY project and could see all its beautiful potential.
When we first viewed the apartment, I instantly fell in love with all its historic charm and period features. The house is old and wonky, but much of its turn-of-the-century character is still very much here. The ceilings are about three-and-a-half meters overhead and are bordered by the most beautiful cornicing. Most of the woodwork is original and we’re very lucky to have double layered windows and French doors to a balcony. I have a feeling that the herringbone parquet in the living room is original too, because in the corner where the dining table stands, there’s a place where the floor was patched after the traditional ceramic furnace was removed. I would so love to know what it might have looked like.
I’ve always been someone with an appreciation for old things, and I love mixing contemporary design with vintage and traditional pieces. Our small marble dining table was the first piece of furniture Sven and I bought together after we moved to Germany, and I could never imagine parting with it.
We bought it second-hand for 100 euro and its classic style reminds me of romantic Parisian cafes, but it looks so nice when off-set with contemporary pieces. I like to think that this table lived a glorious life before coming to us, and that many glasses of wine and cups of coffee were shared over its pretty stone surface.
It is this deeply ingrained history and timeless personality of materials that was the starting point for my collection with FORESTA. During 3 Days of Design we will be showcasing five unique pieces that include accent tables, seating and functional objects for the home. Each of which is made with purpose and longevity in mind, celebrating the coming together of sustainable, slow craft with the minimal Nordic design style.
One thing is for sure, after an extremely busy few days in Copenhagen I will be ready to head home again. To me, home means harmony, a place where people feel at peace together, comfortable and calm and hopefully our home reflects that.”
THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME
10 quick fire questions, to find out more about Rebecca and her home:
- Tea or coffee?
Coffee, without a doubt!
- Chocolate or cheese?
- Watching TV or listening to music?
- Reading a book or flicking through a magazine?
- Bath or shower?
Bath, but our home is missing this!
- Slippers or socks?
Both at once? Gotta stay cozy!
- House plants or fresh flowers?
- Candles or lamps?
- Cushions or blankets?
- Dog or cat?
Dog, hopefully one day!
WANT TO KNOW MORE?
Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful home with us Rebecca and I’m sure you will have an incredible time at 3 Days of Design.
Or, to find out more about her FORESTA Collection, visit the FORESTA website.
All photos courtesy of Rebecca Goddard and FORESTA.
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