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Curator Tour

Home Stories

Curator Jochen Eisenbrand takes you through the exhibition Home Stories. Learn all about 100 years of interior architecture, on the basis of 20 iconic interiors.

Arno Brandlhuber


Arno Brandlhuber's Antivilla near Berlin makes us think about the efficient optimisation of space and reflects a new and more simple definition of comfort and luxury.


Granby Four Streets

Together with the residents, the agency Assemble saved a Victorian site in Liverpool from urban decay. Through workshops, they worked with materials from the old site to furnish the interiors.


Yojigen Poketto

Rising housing prices, especially in inner cities, have brought the efficient use of space into sharp focus. Spanish agency Elli designed a 33-square-metre living space that meets all the needs of its occupant.


No other company in the Western world has shaped contemporary interiors as much as IKEA. The success of their products is due to their aim of making well-designed furniture accessible to the masses.

Andrée Putman & Karl Lagerfeld

Lagerfeld Apartment

Fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld put together an extensive Memphis collection for his flat with the help of interior designer Andrée Putman. The space became one of the most iconic Memphis interiors.

Michael Graves

Reinhold Apartment

American architect Michael Graves designed a small suite in the Manhattan flat of Susan and John Reinhold. Graves introduced colour into the interior, which of course perfectly characterises his approach to postmodernism.

Claude Parent

Maison Parent

In the 1960s, the philosopher Paul Virilio and the architect Claude Parent developed a particularly radical approach with their oblique architecture. In 1973 he designed his own house with this philosophy in mind.

Andy Warhol

Silver Factory

Andy Warhol's Silver Factory is one of the most prominent examples of loft living in 1960s New York. It was a flat, a meeting place for superstars, an artist's studio and a film studio.

Kishō Kurokawa

Nagakin Capsule Tower

Kurokawa regarded the city as an organic process and its inhabitants as urban nomads. The architect designed two interconnected towers, to which 144 prefabricated living-working capsules were attached.

Alison & Peter Smithson

The House of the Future

In the 20th century, new technologies often inspired the interiors of the time. The House of the Future was shown in London in 1956 at the Daily Mail Ideal Home Exhibition and served as inspiration for the interiors of the future.

Stanley Klein & Andrew Geller

X-61 / Splitnik

The history of interiors can also be a political issue: In an attempt to convince his Soviet counterpart of the superiority of capitalism, Nixon presented him a fully equipped kitchen, fitted with electrical appliances. Also called The Kitchen Debate.

Jacques Tati & Jacques Lagrange

Villa Arpel

No one has demonstrated the downside of modernising our interiors as humorously as filmmaker Jacques Tati. His film Mon Oncle was filmed in Villa Arpel, a villa equipped with all the modern gadgets, with all the consequences.

Lina Bo Bardi

Casa de Vidro

The opening up of the interior in function of nature characterised the 50s and 60s. A good example is Bo Bardi's Casa de Vidro in Brazil.

Bernard Rudofsky

Nivola House-Garden

In 1949 Bernhard Rudofsky designed a residential garden for the sculptor Constantino Nivola. The cube-shaped space, open only at the top, was accessible from above by a staircase and provided a framework for observing the sky.

Finn Juhl

Finn Juhl House

Architect Finn Juhl placed particular importance on the interplay of furniture and art, which can be seen in his own house in Denmark. Over the years, Juhl repeatedly changed the furniture and tested his designs in his own interiors.

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

Villa Tugendhat

Initially, reinforced concrete skeleton constructions were only used in industrial buildings, but thanks to Le Corbusier and Mies van der Rohe, they were also introduced in a more domestic context in the 1920s.

Josef Frank & Oskar Wlach

Villa Beer

The experience of space while in motion was a central concern of Viennese architect Josef Frank. His Villa Beer appears closed towards the street, but opens up towards the garden.

Adolf Loos

Villa Müller

When designing a living space, Adolf Loos did not start from the usual floor plan, but advocated a concept known as the Raumplan. A concept in which he renounced uniform floor or ceiling heights.

Margarete Schütte-Lihotzky

Frankfurt Kitchen

The best-known design of the Neues Frankfurt project from the 1920s is the kitchen. This standardised, modular system was installed 10,000 times by 1930.

Cecil Beaton


Cecil Beaton worked not only as a photographer but also as a set and costume designer, resulting in a lively and often opulent sense of aesthetics. You can see this in his house Ashcombe.

Elsie de Wolfe

Villa Trianon

Elsie de Wolfe is often described as the first (female) modern interior designer. Together with her long-time partner Elisabeth Marbury, de Wolfe bought the Villa Trianon and spent an entire decade renovating it.