Welcome to the eye-popping penthouse apartment of the designer Mischa Woeste, the creator of the Smeilinener label, and her husband, Eghard Woeste, an architect, that much more remarkable. “I’m a child of the ’80s,” Mrs. Woeste said. “I grew up with intense colors. It’s really important for me to work with colors. They inspire me.”
Mrs. Woeste, 32, was wearing rhinestone-covered sandals and cradling her newborn son in the kitchen, which has fuchsia plexiglass cabinet doors; a wall painted half lavender and half gray; and a floor partly covered with white, gray and turquoise geometric tiles, with the rest parquet. Adjacent to the kitchen was a sunken bathtub, which could be closed off by a curtain covered with colorful Mexican embroidery.
“I can put my daughter into the bath and prepare dinner at the same time,” Mrs. Woeste said. It was the birth of their daughter four years ago that made the couple decide to move out of their old one-bedroom apartment in the Wilmersdorf neighborhood and look for more space.
The layout of the apartment feels like a doughnut, with a circular flow to all of the rooms except the master bedroom, which is in the middle and can be closed off from the rest of the apartment with sliding doors.
Mr. Woeste and Ms. Fingerle say they are deeply influenced by modern dance. “We apply the concept of choreography to a space in order to create architecture that brings people into focus,” Mr. Woeste said.
The process of designing the interiors was ”very difficult”, said the couple. And I had a lot to say about the colors.”But one might think that it was the children who made some of the design decisions: almost all the rooms are a different color, one more electric than the next.
The bathroom is covered almost entirely with phosphorescent rose Bisazza mosaic tiles. In their daughter’s room, the walls and ceiling are painted turquoise and the floor is covered with matching wall-to-wall carpeting. Next door is an office that is a Shrek green.
There are many other whimsical child-friendly details. Off the kitchen, fuchsia stairs lead up to a wooden roof deck that features a garden bed and secret sandbox. In a corner, between the couple’s bedroom and their daughter’s bedroom is what Mrs. Woeste describes as the “freak- out corner,” a triangular-shaped space with a padded floor and a brightly patterned curtain that has glow-in-the-dark drawings that reveal themselves when the shades are drawn.