From the theatre scenery painting techniques of old masters to film production design through to the successful decoration of our own homes, Ann-Kathrin Otto wants to create connections to revealing spaces. Just like a character in a script, there is a right way and a wrong way to present a room. It’s not a question of whether or not the room is beautiful, but simply whether it fits with the character who inhabits it and their personality. The room must never force itself into the foreground and distract from the essence of the story or even reflect trends. A rather provocative assertion for one of the most innovative and trendsetting trade fairs, it's true!
In a well-designed set, at any rate, the room becomes the protagonist’s companion, helps the actor get into character and sensitively reflects their personality. It must not be a distraction. If, in a quiet, emotional dialogue between two actors, I find myself more captivated by the garish wallpaper and a bad painting, something is wrong.
But it’s different when it comes to the wallpaper in your own home! Here you can, and should, express yourself as you wish and in a way you feel is right. And before you know it, we’ve already hit upon one of the greatest mistakes in interior design – uncertainty. Not everyone has a creative streak, a feel for aesthetics and reliable judgement. Whenever she visits German living rooms and bedrooms, Ann-Kathrin Otto often hears the same sentences: We simply didn’t know what to buy. We’ve just painted everything white for now. The lamp was on offer...