Malene Birger
Malene Birger's home as seen in our #FashionIssue | Photograph: Birgitta Wolfgang/Sisters Agency

There’s no doubt you’ll be inspired by Malene Birger‘s fashion forward apartment seen in our current Fashion Issue – filled with bold monochromatic prints, exotic finds and African ultramarine accents, DECO found ourselves with serious house envy.

If you’ve seen the latest ELLE Decoration on the shelf of your nearest magazine store, you’ll already have glimpsed into the home of Danish designer, Malene Birger. So impressed were we with her characteristic style of African and Arab decorative pieces and graphic art and patterns, that Malene’s London townhouse home made the cover shot for our new Fashion Issue.

Malene moved to London after several decades based in Denmark as a fashion designer, where she started her new interiors company BIRGER1962. Her Georgian home is specifically styled to showcase her own products and designs, which includes decorative furniture, objects, carpets, china, glass, lamps and artworks. The first collection Welcome Home was launched in September 2014 along with an e-shop.

With limited space in the magazine, we often find ourselves having to edit out numerous incredible images, and it often regrettably ends up the exquisite detail shots being cut. Never more so was this edit difficult than Malene’s home, where her artistic stamp is so evident in each space and detail.

Her family home is filled with her sketches, drawing books and mood boards, giving us artistic insight into Birger’s inspiring world. Take a closer look with us…

Look closely. The beautiful may be small.― Immanuel Kant

Photograph Birgitta Wolfgang/Sisters Agency.
Photograph Birgitta Wolfgang/Sisters Agency.

The details are not the details. They make the design. – Charles Eames

Photograph Birgitta Wolfgang/Sisters Agency.
Photograph Birgitta Wolfgang/Sisters Agency.

Original text by Karin Gråbæk
Production by Pernille Vest/Sisters Agency
Photographs by Birgitta Wolfgang/Sisters Agency


ELLE Decoration Fashion Issue

The Fashion Issue edition of ELLE Decoration South Africa is on the shelf of your nearest magazine retailer now. Packed with fashion-forward interiors trends, it’s full of all your favourite features, decor tips and the stylish spaces of Jessica Alba, Malcolm Kluk and Stella Jean. Pick up your copy today – across South Africa wherever magazines are sold – and tell us what you think on Twitter @ELLE_Deco, sharing your #FashionIssue #DECOselfie.