They say that if you do what you love, you’ll never work another day in your life.
Zurich-born Valerie von Meiss embodies this ethos and more, having turned her greatest passion – specifically collage art – into a recognised profession. After studying International Communications in Paris, she worked in advertising for several years in Amsterdam, before moving to Berlin, where she founded Curve in 2017, an art space for contemporary collage located, of all places, in her own apartment. The century-old building in which Valerie’s apartment can be found is located in Berlin’s bustling Mitte Kiez neighbourhood, among galleries, restaurants, trendy boutiques and concept stores. The white-washed building features a magnificent (and for Berlin, quite unusual) grand spiralling staircase. For Valerie, it was love at first sight.
She reminisces: What I liked best when I first saw the empty apartment were the very high ceilings, the beautiful old wooden floors, but also the apartment’s quirkier features, especially the curved hallway. I was also very surprised to find, behind a door in the hallway, some steep stairs leading up to a tiny guest room underneath the roof.
As for her impressive art collection, Valerie calls it her true passion. Indeed, her bedroom hosts a part of her collection of contemporary collage art – all the better, she admits, for her to admire the artworks while lying in bed. I was and still am influenced by my mother’s joy of collecting photography, Valerie elaborates on her artistic tastes. Today I really enjoy discovering new talents in photo art and design, visiting inspiring art fairs like UNSEEN in Amsterdam, Photo Basel and Photo London.
What, in her eyes, makes this place truly special? The fact that my corridor functions as my gallery space, and that therefore I can work from my favourite place in Berlin – my home. With inspiration to be found in every corner (and curve) of this apartment, it’s little wonder that Valerie has more than enough to share with friends, art lovers, and Berlin as a whole.
This article originally appears in our November 2018 issue.