Vintage interior –  How to convert an old farm house

Vintage interior – How to convert an old farm house


Gro? Kreutz is a small community west
of Potsdam – one house there in particular with its reddish-brown facade catches
the eye. It’s home to Babette and Rüdiger Kaffke.
In addition to the main house the 2,200 square metre property has two
stables and a barn. “This is an island of bliss closed off on
four sides so you can’t see in or out. We do our own thing, that’s livability.” Its quality: the farm buildings enclosing the rectangular courtyard were built more
than a century ago. It’s since undergone extensive renovation only the old
farming tools recall its original use. It was almost by chance that Rüdiger Kaffke
became the owner of the former farm. He saw it in an ad in the paper. “I just picked out one of the little pictures and thought that one’s quite nice. I put
in an offer and one day it was mine. I never even saw the property. This is the state it was in back in 1999. When Rüdiger Kaffke was unfazed. He’d already fixed up a number of houses in Spain and
in 2002 after 18 months of construction he and Babette moved in. “This is our living space.” The one-time farmhouse has 350 square meters of floor space. Just
off the dining area is a large chandelier. South African artists made it
out of objects other people threw away. The Kaffke’s are art collectors, their
home as space enough for the 1200 works they owned. “For us, art is something about the environment in the
place where the artist lives and what the artist was thinking. And that’s what
we see and are reminded of when we see it in our space.” There’s also a work by
the owner’s daughter made of paper. Upstairs is the largest room of the
house measuring 50 square meters. “This used to be the old farmhouses
attic where they smoked meat. Now it’s a living room. This is where we end the day,
leave our cares behind, read, watch TV, whatever relaxes us.” This painting by the
Hamburg artist group ‘Die Schlumber’ adds even more color to the ambience. The room
affords an excellent view over the property across from the house is the
former barn. During the socialist era the large
building served as a garage for farm machines. Today it houses much of the
Kaffke’s art collection. “We wanted to let these
rooms shine in a new way, so we filled the space with artworks that we love.
Each one of which shines in its own way.” Right next to the barn is the old hen
house now it is Babette Kaffke creates her own pieces here. She specializes in
relief like textures mounted unused wooden panels. “This is my studio, this is
where I work and spend as much time as possible making art. I use different
materials like coffee grounds or sand to give the pictures a certain materiality.” So now we’re once cows were
milked and pigs were fattened, this family has found a place they can live with
their arts.


One thought on “Vintage interior – How to convert an old farm house

  1. 1:42 Reminds me of Emery Blagdon & His Healing Machine. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WyLpG96aTBc

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