Now as we are bound to our homes, you might need a little inspiration to get a change or to feel even more comfortable. We had a chat with interior designer Stephanie Thatenhorst, who is a regular in many international interior design publications and who recently opened an interior store in Munich. During the current quarantine she offers video consultations, even when looking only for a vase or setting up a lovely table.
We met her in her Showroom in Theresienstraße in Schwabing.

IRMA: What was the initial idea to open a showroom and make it an inspirational place for your clients, but also for people who have no professional experience with Interior Design yet?
STEPHANIE THATENHORST: It is my biggest passion to find all those special manufacturers around the world who produce these beautiful furniture and decorative pieces.
All those things deserve a stage where not only our project clients can experience and buy them. In our showroom people can explore an Apartment environment. You can find several living corners, a kitchen, a bedroom, a bathroom… There are many special and unique treasures you cannot find everywhere. I wanted to create a special and unusual interior shop in Munich.

Left: Clay Table by Desalto, Marc Krusin, Italy. Clay Coating! / Chairs Bassam Fellows, Mantis Chair / Tractor Stool, solid walnut, USA.
Middle: Serving Trolley „Grace“ by Sebastian Herkner for Schönbuch.
Right: Tableware: Ann Demeulemeester for Serax, Vase: Hay

IRMA: Times have changed, and the focus is now very strongly on our own environment. How do you see that develop in the future?
STEPHANIE THATENHORST: While spending a lot of time at home people recognize how important it is to feel comfortable. Living and working in an inspiring environment changes your well-being a lot.
We might spend less time in the office and with restricted traveling for a while, we will be more at home and therefor it becomes more and more important to create an enjoyable atmosphere in it.

IRMA: Which services do you provide to your clients to communicate with you while the showroom is closed?
STEPHANIE THATENHORST: You can send me pictures or a video tour from your home and I will be able to consult you digitally. If you are looking for a new vase or a whole new living room setting, I’m very pleased to help and make suggestions.

Fabrics: Raf Simons for Kvadrat

IRMA: Can I also contact you if I would just like to get your advise about nice table settings for my family at home?
STEPHANIE THATENHORST: Of course, you can. We work with many special table ware producers and designers. A lot of those pieces are in our showroom.

Left: Table and butterfly Console bei SEM Milano. „Duale“ Table designed by Marcante Testa with Marble Top
Console with several layers of hand-painted lacquere (refined high-crafted glossy porcelain effect) designed by Hannes Peer
(we are exclusive resellers for SEM Milano in Germany). Chair: Valerie Objet

 

IRMA: Materials, lights and texture will become more important for a comfortable home in the future. How do you see that trend developing?
STEPHANIE THATENHORST: Warm materials (fabric, wood) and earthy colours will come up even more… but always with at least a little twist of bright colour… it makes everyone feel happy!

Gent Dining Chairs by Gam Fratesi for Gubi. Fabric by Hermès, very unique as it is custom-made for us, normally it is not available with this fabric.
Table Ware Sebastian Herkner for Ames (black) and Serax. Fabric on the sofa in the back, Dimore Milano

IRMA: For example, if you have a small apartment but like to make a major change, how do you get started? Can you give us a tip?
STEPHANIE THATENHORST: Bring some colour on the walls and add fabrics (curtains, cushions, rugs, wall coverings, throws) in different ways, they always bring a lot of atmosphere.

Left: Tablelamp by Servomuto with concrete base. Red Bar Cabinet „Guard“ by Christian Haas for Schönbuch. Black Table ware by Vincent van Duysen for Serax.
Middle: kitchen designed by Stephanie Thatenhorst. Wooden lacquered and fabric inlays Travertine top
Right: Floor Tiles „Confetti“ by Marcante Testa vor Ceramica Vouge

IRMA: To your opinion which object can make a drastic change to your interior, if you have not a big budget
STEPHANIE THATENHORST: Set up a few different new lights (table light, floor light, wall light), they will bring a big change in atmosphere. Even a new vase makes a big difference!

Tiles on wall by Elisa Ossino for H+O. „Asymmetric“ Leather Sofa Bassam Fellows, USA. Glastable „Bisel“ by Patricia Urquiola for Glas Italia. „Nota“ Wall lamp by Elisa Ossino for De Padova. Carpet „Super Fake“ by Bethan Laura Wood for CC Tapis. Vase Bitossi.

IRMA: How would you describe your personal style of interior design?
STEPHANIE THATENHORST: Eclectic, with a mid-century influence and very bright!

Left: „Marenco“ Sofa by Marion Marenco (1970) for Arflex with orange velvet. „Sujni“ Blanket from Patricia Schmidt (munich designer) handmade in India, special weaving technique. There are only a few families left who have that skill. Middle: Tableware by Serax Anne Demeulemeester. Glastable by Bassam Fellows USA with brass legs. Right: Carpet „Visioni“ by Patricia Urquiola for CC Tapis. Both Loungers by & tradition. Green Velvet by Space Copenhagen, Pavilion Lounger by Anderssen & Voll with Boucle fabric.