In the middle of the buzzing Nordend district of Frankfurt, tucked away in a backyard behind a leafy street is the beautiful, open loft-like space that Miriam and Max call home. Flooded with light, filled with many beautiful treasures, it is a intimate space that captures the spirit of this creative couple. You walk and immediately feel the expanse of space and light, all over are paintings, collectables and pieces from their travels. Their terrace feels more like a meadow than a city outdoor space, with all the wildflowers they have growing on it. We joined them one Saturday for coffee and a chat about their beautiful home.
Hello you two! Could you briefly introduce yourself and tell us how you came to live in your current home?
We are Max & Miriam and we’ve been living in this place for about six years. At that time, we each decided to give up our small flats to move together even though it isn’t easy to find a nice apartment in this area. This place was actually the only one we viewed - and we were very lucky to get it.
What does home mean to you? What is your philosophy for life and everyday living?
To us, a nice home has always been important because we spend a lot of time here: it’s a place that gives you peace and calm after a stressful day. A place to invite friends over and enjoy a beer on the balcony on a summer evening. To cook and eat together, to read in a cosy nook or simply to ponder on the sofa.
Could you describe the design aesthetic and process behind furnishing and decorating your home?
Furnishing a home is a constant process that never quite ends. Especially when we moved in, we tried not to buy stuff just because we needed it. We’d rather live without a particular piece and wait until the right item crosses our path. And then we just rearrange everything.
What do you love about your home? What makes it so unique and individual?
The best thing for us is the fluid room concept of this little house. In our lives, the boundaries between work and living tend to blur and we love that this is also reflected in our home: it’s like one big open place where everything comes together.
Furnishing an open space can be a challenge sometimes since every item has a direct impact on everything else. The furniture is a mixture of old and new pieces that we collected over the years. A few items come from our travels, and every piece is connected with a memory: for example the rug in our living room is from a trip to the Himalayas and the chair/ladder in the kitchen is from the flea market in the south of France.
What is your favourite thing to do at home?
Starting the weekend off with a nice cup of coffee, reading the whole day, cooking a delicious dinner and enjoying it together, listening to music, talking about all and sundry.
Thank you so much for this visit Miriam and Max, we wish you many more beautiful moments in your lovely home!
Photography courtesy Jonas Lenger