As their practice has evolved, their workspace, housed in what used to be a GDR care home for the elderly in Berlin’s Lichtenberg district, has grown to accommodate it. It is bright and ever-changing, with artworks, found objects, plants and people moving through it week after week.They have added rooms and workshops, welcomed their own young families — both mothers, Marie and Anja have a young son and daughter respectively — and invited guests to cook, eat, practice yoga and meditate there. “For us, it's an amazing place,” they say. “We really, really enjoy being here.” —
You’ve shared this studio since before you began working together. What was it like back then? —
In the beginning, it was like a little laboratory-cave, because we didn't know much about glass. We had to invent our own colors, our own reactions, our own ways of dealing with the super slippery surface. We were always so curious, how would it turn out if we made this color? What happens when it dries? So we used to eat here, sleep here, and wake up in the morning to check it. It was quite intense.
What drew you to this space? —
Already in 2015, there had been a big sell-out all over Berlin, and it was hard to find studios. A friend offered us this space. It was big, it was affordable, and we could reach it by bike easily from both of our homes. The first time we saw it, we almost ran away in fear. It used to be an old GDR care home for the elderly, and it's this super ugly building. But inside was a space with double-height ceilings and super big windows that used to be a kitchen, which became our first space.
Inside, you don't have the feeling of being in Berlin. It's quiet. And the whole house has its own community. The kitchen became a very important symbol for us, a place where people come together and meet.
What’s the neighbourhood like? —
It’s in Lichtenberg, which means 'the lit mountain', in the former east part of Berlin. There are some studio spaces around the corner, and big galleries have their storage spaces here, but it's not super gentrified, like other neighbourhoods. If you want to grab a cafe latte, no chance! You would need to go to a petrol station. But that means you don't get distracted by other things. You're really here.