I recently discoved FvF – an international magazine which photographs and interviews people of diverse creative, social and cultural backgrounds within the context of their homes and places of work. After close to 40 minutes down the rabbit hole, I stumbled upon this fascinating space and so without further ado… Welcome to the Berlin home and functional art gallery of Karena Schuessler. A former shoe designer in Paris and Milan, Schuessler decided at the age of 40 to return to her country of origin, Germany, and begin over again. Following years of hobby collecting from flea-markets and emerging galleries, Schuessler cast herself in the role of “Functional Art” gallerist for her second act. Her current shop, the Karena Schuessler Functional Art Gallery, is located in Berlin just at the base of her Charlottenburg apartment. Her specialty is what is referred to as ‘Design Art’ which encompass functional objects (like furniture) that are produced in small quantities (like art).
As for the focus of our little tour – Schuessler’s home, located just above the gallery, very much serves as a place to live with, and take joy in, her collections. Enjoy!
Chandelier – vintage Venini.
Bunny Drawing – colored pencil on paper by Sabine Fassl.
Wooden sculptures by the Berlin based artist Oliver van Den Berg.
Just off of the living room, nestled among other treasures, hangs a vintage Totero suit.
Kitchen, complete with polished stone fireplace.
Below left – The Standard chair by Jean Prouvé (1934)
Above right – sculpture by German artist Karsten Konrad.
Pottence lamp by Jean Prouvé.
A vintage copper Artichoke lamp, originally designed by Poul Henningsen in 1958.
Downstairs to the Gallery.
The Karena Schuessler Functional Art Gallery is currently in the process of relocating but may be reached via email or phone here.
Source: FvF – Photography: Ailine Liefeld