The two-bedroom apartment German designer Christiane Högner shares with her partner (and their new baby) in Brussels is a testament to the couple's philosophies: There is beauty in the ordinary, if you just keep your eyes open for it. And its corollary: Don't accumulate too much.
Mixing and matching goes a long way: the well-worn Arne Jacobsen chairs are real, but the Tulip table knockoff is Ikea's Docksta. "Tell them, as soon as we have some money saved, we're going to buy the original," says Högner. The vintage Dieter Rams sofa came from Högner's parents, and the vintage work lamps in the living room came from a drafter's studio.
Thomas Lommee and baby Emilia Luz work at the beer-garden table under hanging lamps given to the couple by friends. The baby bassinet, which appears to be made from a wicker laundry basket and some sturdy rope, was also a gift from friends.
Högner found the collapsible blue metal Beanstalk Camp Kitchen stands at a flea market, and was immediately attracted to their color. But, she says, her favorite part about the quirky coffee tables in her living room is that "the legs fold up!"