Bottega Veneta partners with Ralf Schmitz to design luxury residence
For the first time
Following the debut of its first home boutique in Milan, Italian luxury goods house Bottega Veneta is furthering its relationship with the world of design – announcing a new partnership to design a luxury residence for the first time.
Bottega Veneta have partnered with real estate developer Ralf Schmitz to design the grand lobby and chic common areas inside a unique Berlin luxury residence.
The new residence is called Eisenzahn 1 and will see architecture by Sebastian Treese Architects, located in the Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf West Berlin neighbourhood. Slated to open in the fall of 2016, the property will be spread over six spacious floors, and feature 11 opulent living spaces, plus one full-floor penthouse complete with a private rooftop terrace – priced at a cool 8.5 million euros.
The managing director of Ralf Schmitz and the great-great-grandson of its founder, Daniel Schmitz, said that he admired Bottega Veneta creative director Tomas Maier's work on a suite at the St. Regis hotel in Rome, and thought that he was a perfect match for the company's approach.
“We have a very strong focus on craftsmanship,” Schmitz said, explaining that many generations of family members have been skilled at carpentry and construction, and have established contacts with an extensive network of specialised artisans. “That’s also what I like very much about Bottega Veneta: It’s not this exterior, flashy [style], it’s about how each thing is made,” he added.
“Everything Ralf Schmitz has done has been so tasteful and to such high standards of construction. I looked at the previous projects they had built and I was very impressed by their attention to quality. I was also keen on the idea of working in Berlin,” Maier added.
“There is a certain classicism evident throughout Charlottenburg and our design reflects that,” said Maier. “One main difference in the creative process for designing an interior versus designing fashion is that with interiors I usually begin with materials, whereas with fashion I generally begin by thinking about colour.”