Certain areas of a city leave a deep impression on us without us realising. This is at least the case for Rainer Stippa, who, after his years of fashion studies in Berlin’s Kreuzberg district, continues to write the thread of his story there, this time together with his partner Ariane. A geographical anchor for the co-founders of the vintage furniture boutique Another June, who, in addition to establishing this latest address specialising in second-hand furniture, decided ten years ago to invest in the generous space offered by a pre-war apartment. A genuinely blank canvas with bewitching arches where the duo express, together with their daughters Alma and Luca, their definition of beauty in decoration. “A tension between traditional and contemporary, between craftsmanship and technology, and between order and chaos” where each piece coexists without coherence of style or period, on the contrary. As long as they only have “an extra soul, a story to tell, or a bit of inspiration to pass on to us, to allow us to enjoy the present moment a little more”, the two Berliners explain. A passionate relationship with each object as the key element of a daily ritual, like Ingo Maurer’s “Zanotl” lamp, which “always provides a zen moment and is a sight to behold” for the couple once it is lit. Not following any pre-requisite as to the fame of such a creation and its design signature, here, the two parents have established a setting for themselves that bucks the trends. A liberated vision of design where items from anonymous makers and famous designers quietly rub shoulders with each other, when they are not in their shop. Let’s take a tour.
We love vintage, especially when it comes to furniture. But our passion for design is growing all the time.
We love vintage, especially when it comes to furniture. But our passion for design is growing all the time. Generic cutlery has long been replaced by a beautiful set of cutlery from WMF Helsinki. Our old dining room table and chairs have given way to a fabulously massive 1970s set by Rainer Daumiller. I think the revelation for us was understanding that design could transform a banal object into something special and unique, a work of art. But a work that has a place, a role to play in everyday life, that you can use like any other object, but with an extra soul, a story to tell, or a bit of inspiration to pass on, to allow us to enjoy the moment a little more. Switching on an Ingo Maurers “Zanotl” light in the morning is always a zen moment, and it’s also a sight to behold because our children really love the special light it creates. It gives us great pleasure to preserve, even restore and (re)discover treasures from the past, to put them back on the market by prolonging their life, living with them and seeing our customers add them to their interiors.
It gives us great pleasure to preserve, even restore and (re)discover treasures from the past, to put them back on the market by prolonging their life (...)
We’re very open-minded when it comes to design, and we love to discover new things that speak to either one of us or, preferably, both of us.
Almost every object we own has a story, but those stories would probably be too long for this interview…
Photography : Valerio Geraci – Text : Juliette Bruneau @thesocialitefamily