MAKING THE BORDER CENTER
Situated in an up-and-coming pocket of old Berlin’s original heart sits the residence of interior architect Gisbert Pöppler.
The apartment, much like most of the elements that it houses, demonstrates Pöppler’s keen eye for under-appreciated gems that he plucks from the clutches of obscurity - elevating them to designer status.
Each piece that makes its home in Pöppler’s carefully constructed menagerie tells a story – whether of surprising provenance or acquisition – that often bears witness to the dramatic change that overtook Berlin in the wake of the end of the Cold War.
Pöppler’s home holds a treasure trove of objects and stories reflecting this transitional time - from the serendipitous discovery of a heavily customized conductor’s chair nabbed from the depths of a dumpster to the travertine marble display table plucked from the former department store Selbach.
Throughout the apartment, Pöppler’s constellation of deeply personal pieces conveys a devil may care attitude to any specific style, while revealing a coherent voice that rings true throughout the spaces. In fact, unlike his German contemporaries, Pöppler’s interior design is a study in design agnosticism.
Images by Wolfgang Stahr.