Exotic Nautical Interior Informed by Rich Island History


The small German island of Föhr is a unique and quite lovely place in the North Sea. The Frisian people living there have stayed true to their traditional style of architecture and interior design for centuries.

This home once featured a ground-level flat used by the family living there and an unused attic/loft area. The family called in architects Karin Matz and Francesco Di Gregorio to transform that unused space into a fresh, open living space that would accommodate the growing family.

The Frisian heritage of the residents was honored through the use of materials and colors native to the area. The distinctive shades of blue common to every home in the area are used throughout the space, as are the wall tiles used by residents to show prosperity.

This particular project features a staggering 3000 tiles with hand-cut circles in the center. The circles allow for the blue adhesive to show through, creating a mesmerizing polka-dot pattern all over the walls.

Surrounding the stairs leading up from the ground floor, blue cables stretch from floor to ceiling. They form an interesting balustrade around the stairs while again tying in the signature color.

The newly-finished area features a living room, bedrooms and a kitchen – altogether, a surprisingly roomy space for one that was previously used just for storage.

Although the architects say they didn’t set out to create a modern-looking space, the attic living area is indeed a deliciously modern place. With pale pine boards and strategic splashes of turquoise against the white surfaces, this feels like perfectly modern home that remembers its roots.

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