A Tour of the Publishing Doyenne’s David Adjaye-Designed Berlin Apartment
“The constant change is what I like the most about living here,” says Angelika Taschen in this month’s instalment of In Residence. “Every day something new happens, a new building rises.” Having spent 23 years working with her now ex-husband Benedikt Taschen at his eponymous publishing company, in 2011 Taschen, the daughter of bookshop owners, established Angelika Publishers, an independent publishing house that has carved out a distinct niche celebrating interiors and architecture. It is a passion evidenced by her stunning Prenzlauer Berg apartment, in which muted grey and ivory tones are punctuated with bursts of vivid color, from an Arne Jacobsen Series 7 chair to a covetable wall-to-wall bookshelf. Explains director Matthew Donaldson: “The period features of the apartment were preserved in their entirety, which make a striking backdrop for Angelika's collection of photographs and art.” The globe-trotting publisher enlisted famed British architect David Adjaye OBE to design the blanched apartment, who linked the social spaces of the home with the more private rooms and bedrooms via a long, dark-charcoal corridor adorned with prints by Thomas Struth and Juergen Teller. Says Taschen: "I only like authentic interiors––when the person in it has a soul and is behind every single detail."
The Master Architect and His Restaurateur Wife Welcome Us into Their Converted Georgian London Townhouse
Ruth Rogers jokes that her husband, whose accomplishments include Centre Pompidou, Lloyds of London and The Millennium Dome, took a house and turned it into a barn. Yet extraordinarily, the exterior of the building is an archetypal Georgian terrace; a resplendent facade in London brick with uniform windows and smart stucco. From the street there is no hint of the vertiginous staircase that zigzags through the air of the dramatic living space inside. “A room is the beginning of a city,” says Rogers and there are plenty of nods towards his architectural preoccupations. An industrial palette of natural light and acid-bright color is everywhere. Even the window-box geraniums are a signature pink. A column of Mao Zedong portraits courtesy of Andy Warhol, works by Cy Twombly and a fine collection of Philip Gustons are displayed alongside Mexican craft art and clusters of elegant ceramic vessels made by Richard’s mother. That the Rogers refer to the living space as a “piazza” is significant; the communal spirit of Italy, and in particular Florence where Richard was born, is an enduring influence on them both.
Richard Rogers RA: Inside Out at London’s Royal Academy of Arts runs through October 13.
The Desk Chair According to the Lauded Industrial Design Iconoclast