Frank Stüve is an Austrian-born interior designer who is the talk of the Berlin design scene. Always full of surprises, Frank Stüve started working as a florist in Vienna, where one of his clients – who was very much impressed with his work – offered Stuve the opportunity to open his own business.
Along with business partner Gisela von Schenk, Frank Stüve launched interiors concept store Villa Harteneck, where he went from strength to strength, expanding his practice from flower arrangements to interior accessories and furniture, progressively taking over more and more of the heritage-listed villa set in one of Berlin’s most beautiful parks.
Over the course of his thirteen-year tenure there, Frank Stüve built Villa Harteneck into an absolute institution for luxury interior accessories in Berlin’s western suburbs.
In 2012, with his reputation and fan base well established, Frank Stüve decided to branch out on his own and open his eponymous atelier closer to Berlin’s city centre. These days, he works with a range of A-listers, from German movie-stars to heads of industry, offering discrete and minutely personalised interior stylings.
For me, it’s all about colour, form, and the haptic—all things that are important in floral design as well. These days, working with my team of interior architects, doing real planning work—like bathrooms, kitchens, etc.—we’re still putting all the elements together to create a house, just like arranging a bouquet.
Frank Stüve‘s design process begins by gathering an architect and the client together in order to create a functional plan – how should the space work, what is the main purpose, the main goal. When all these elements are sorted out, Stüve takes them to their textiles archive, where they can choose from every textile, wallpaper and carpet fit for the most active imagination.
They ask the clients to choose their favourite textiles or colour combinations and then blend those ideas into the larger interior concept. After choosing floor coverings and wall colours, the last step is selecting the actual furniture. Frank Stüve‘s studio will make materials collages, look at favourite pieces the client already owns, and then research specific pieces, materials, and colours so that they can make concrete recommendations to the client.
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