For her holiday home in Germany, less than half a mile from the Baltic Sea, Susanne Burghardt had it all planned out, down to the vegetation. “We had been dreaming about a house at the sea with an apple tree in the garden for a very long time,” she says. Over the course of many years, she had devised an ideal itinerary (that makes our knees weak) for getaways: weekends of sauna-ing, evenings by the fireplace, and plenty of time to surf and cook. The same laser focus was applied to the house: A central room would need to be spacious, daylight should enter from all directions, the inside and outside should merge into one, and sustainable living features would need to be woven throughout.
It was a tall order, but one made easier when they saw an article about an eco-friendly vacation home community called Meerleben, situated right on the shores of the Baltic Sea. As part of the “building cooperative,” they were allowed to personalize the design so long as they worked within the flexible, Patric Meier–designed layout designated by the developer. So thankfully, Suzanne’s lofty vision was not too much trouble to implement. Wood insulation and a mud wall for thermal energy storage brought it up to her energy standards. And for the interiors, one visit to design firm Studio Oink in Leipzig, where she hit it off with husband-and-wife duo Lea Korzeczek and Matthias Hiller, paved the way. “We knew immediately that Studio Oink’s design completely met our expectations in terms of clarity of shape and the vitality of materials,” she says.
By focusing on the main hub of recreational activity where the kitchen, dining area, and living space converge, Lea and Matthias played up the spontaneous, improvisational flow of family life on vacation. With just enough color (think petal pink and baby blue) and an expansive stretch of blond hardwood floors, the result is a palette cleanser, stripped down and serene. “The most important piece of art is the nature which surrounds the house,” says the Studio Oink team. “For a holiday home, it’s such a gift to have the freedom to choose just a few furniture items and let nature speak.”
Here’s how they made magic without making a mess:
Don’t shrug off the textiles. One-of-a-kind fabrics can elevate even the most spartan of rooms. “We are delighted to have been able to source handwoven seating upholstery and blankets from textile artisan Katja Stelz, who has her studio in a nearby village,” says Susanne.