adenauer haus

The gable-roof Adenauer House reinterpreted in vintage style

The gable-roof Adenauer House reinterpreted in vintage style

The 1950s detached house that once belonged to the Adenauer family had been in need of renovation, but is now enjoying a creative rebirth thanks to industrial designer Marcel Struck. Key elements of his make-over? Historical collectibles, plenty of vintage charm, and bold colours.

Passion project: a new beginning for the Adenauer House.

For 46 years, this charming gable-roof house was owned by Dr Georg Adenauer, the youngest son of Germany’s first chancellor. Today, it belongs to the industrial designer Marcel Struck, who has turned the renovation of 154 m² living space into his own private project: “I’ve always wanted to design an entire house based on my own ideas. When I work as an interior designer for clients, I do, of course, have to cater to their preferences. But the Adenauer House was something I could shape just the way I wanted.”

The essential fabric of the building was in excellent condition, but Marcel renovated everything else, exposing the walls and replacing the wiring, plumbing, and floors. The only exceptions he made were the 1950s tiled floor upstairs, the oak staircase in the hallway, and the oak floor in the living room. “I wanted to keep those things to preserve the history of the house.”

For Marcel, both the classic architecture and the outdoor area with its old trees add to the charm of the property.

Sustainable and charming: hand-picked vintage interior furnishings everywhere.

History is not only present in the house itself, but also in the interior furnishings chosen by the designer. Marcel combined furniture and collectibles from many different periods of the last century. “There are pieces in the house from decades between the twenties and eighties,” he says.

"The perfect interplay between the colours, the furniture, and the collectibles make the interior complete for me.”

Marcel Struck, industrial designer

EXQUISIT Interieur GmbH

In fact, every part of the house features pieces steeped in history. While they might all originate from different eras, they still have one thing in common: They are originals, and their time-worn look is precisely what makes them so special to Marcel. The French club chairs in the living room, for example, came from Paris and their scuffed leather creates a unique pattern on the surface. The eye-catching neon-coloured ‘Dancing’ sign was originally found outside a dance school in France, exposed to all kinds of weather conditions. “This weathered look is unique. You can imitate something like that, but it doesn’t look nearly as charming,” says Marcel.

The interiors are finished off with designer furniture, such as dining chairs by French designer Jean Prouvé and a sideboard by H.W. Klein, a Danish designer.

As a reminder of the house’s associations with Konrad Adenauer, Marcel has framed and hung up old newspaper articles about the German statesman. At auctions, he was even able to buy an original copy of the yellow-press newspaper “Bild” with front-page news about the death of Germany’s first post-war Chancellor, as well as an iconic hand-painted election poster of Adenauer with the slogan ‘No experiments.’

Timeless and lasting, just like the interiors: Gira E2 and Gira Studio.

“Sustainability and quality are particularly important to me. That’s why I chose Gira for the switches and socket outlets. The products are high in quality and last forever, which makes them ideal for my interiors – all of which feature items that have lasted for decades and are still very functional. I associate this longevity with Gira, too.”

"What I like about Gira is that it’s a traditional company which stays true to its values and carries them forward. This consistency is the perfect match for my equally enduring furnishings.”

Marcel Struck, industrial designer

EXQUISIT Interieur GmbH

For his switches and socket outlets, the industrial designer chose the Gira E2 and Gira Studio design lines in black matte: “I find Gira Studio interesting because of its round shape, and Gira E2 because I really like its classic and timeless design.”

The Gira switches and socket outlets also work well with the black solid steel door handles that now adorn every door in the house.

Bold use of colour in the living room and bedroom.

The industrial designer also trusted his personal taste when it came to the colour scheme. “I find colour very interesting in connection with interior design. I don’t follow any particular style in this respect, but opt for colours that I think best suit the interior.”

In the living room, for example, blue walls contrast with the warm wood and leather tones of the furnishings – whereas a bright green was used for the Asian-inspired bedroom. As with the rest of the house, Marcel went with hand-picked pieces here. He got the bed frame from a Berlin-based design firm. “I love the frame because it’s so delicate and free-floating.” The shelf next to it is made from dark Chinese bamboo and, together with the bed frame and the painting of Mao above the bed, it makes up the overall look of the room.

In the Chinese-themed bedroom, the delicate bedstead, bamboo shelf, and painting of Mao create a harmonious atmosphere.

A home that feels good to live in.

Auf die Frage, was Marcel am besten am Haus gefällt, antwortet er: „Ich fühle mich in jedem Raum, sogar in jeder einzelnen Ecke extrem wohl. Egal ob ich im Sessel etwas lese, auf der Couch entspanne oder morgens im Schlafzimmer aufwache – ich mag jeden Moment, den ich im Haus und im Garten verbringe.“

Built-in Gira products