In the living room, two stone and bronze Francois-Xavier Lalanne sheep ‘wander’ towards a curvaceous pair of cream Ours Polaire easy chairs and matching Ours Polaire sofa by French designer Jean Royère, which are set around a coffee table by Austrian-born designer Paul Frankl. The wall-mounted light (at left) and Antony wood and steel occasional chair are by French designer Jean Prouvé (find re-editions of Prouvé’s work at Vitra vitra.com) and the wooden stools are all by Charlotte Perriand. The petite grey Oeuf (Egg) chair is also by Royère. The black metal standing lamps are by French lighting designer Serge Mouille and the dark-glazed ceramics are by French ceramicists Pol Chambost and Georges Jouve. The white ceramic piece on the marble mantelpiece is by André Borderie; above the fireplace hangs a contemporary abstract artwork by young Berlin-based artist XOOOOX.

Collector’s Treasury

Emmanuel de Bayser, like many dedicated shopkeepers, lives above his store. But The Corner Berlin is not exactly your average shop – and its owner is a connoisseur-collector of mid-century modern design.



Emmanuel de Bayser’s Berlin apartment is situated in an early 20th-century building in the historical Mitte district and has all its period features – including the elegant staircase with its intricate balustrades – intact.


LEFT: In a corner of the bedroom, a coral Senate Committee chair by Pierre Jeanneret is placed close to an artwork by Jean Arp and a wooden table by Charlotte Perriand and Pierre Jeanneret. On the table is a white ceramic piece by André Borderie.

RIGHT: The en-suite bathroom leads off the other side of the bedroom. The Mies van de Rohe day bed is upholstered in navy velvet, the white Clam chair by Danish designer Philip Arctander adds an extra textural element to the space, and the bright artwork is by mid-century US artist, Roman Catholic nun and educator Corita Kent.


In the bedroom, bright colours reign supreme. “Primary colours are timeless, I find,” says homeowner Emmanuel de Bayser – and as this space shows, he’s right. The bench at the base of the bed and bold green Senate Committee chair are both by Pierre Jeanneret, and the wooden stool is by Charlotte Perriand. The round wooden Guéridon Bas table by Jean Prouvé (find re-editions of his work at Vitra: vitra.com) is home to a selection of Georges Jouve ceramics in primary colours. The vintage 1950s Gino Sarfatti lamp in primary blue, yellow and red adds to the sense of fun in this space, as does the bold artwork by mid-century US artist, Roman Catholic nun and educator Corita Kent.


Words: Noreen Johnson — Photographs: Greg Cox