Bohemian lifestyle in Berlin

Who: Haralampi G. Oroschakoff – Artist and Author
Diana Gräfin von Hohenthal und Bergen – Gallery Owner
Where: Berlin – Halensee


In the dining room a painting of Haralampi G. Oroschakoff: the triptych „Russia – Death of Cleopatra – Byzantium”. Stools: American Colonial Period, Table: France 20.Jhd.

Who enters the commodious flat in the old building of Diana Countess of Hohenthal and Bergen and Haralampi Oroschakoff, resorts himself on a time journey and douses into the history of two aristocratic families: there are nearly no objects that do not tell a significant story. The Countess, who was born in Munich, whose family was appointed by Prince Friedrich August I. of Saxony into the earldom back in the sixteenth century, was raised in the Bavarian baroque castle Maxlrain. The Austrian Haralampi is descended from the old Russian noble family of the Bojaren Haralamow, that can be followed back to the eleventh century. Since 15 years the gallery owner and the international successful artist – whose pieces are exhibited by prominent figures like singer Vicky Leandros, designer Jette Joop or Princess Firyal of Jordan – live in Berlin with their children.


The gallery owner Diana Countess of Hohenthal with her husband, the artist and author Haralampi G. Oroschakoff in their Berlin apartment

MyStylery: Apparently you love the change: this apartment is already your third home in Berlin.
Diana von Hohenthal: The last apartment was too small – we needed more space. Now we are here for two years and feel very well. And we remained faithful to the old structures, a newly constructed building will never be an option.


The Vintage Versace chair comes from the Versace gallery in Fasanenstraße in Berlin and was bartered by art. In the back a baroque chest and the view to the study

MS: Where does your passion for old constructions come from?
I usually perceive newly constructed buildings as too sterile; I could never live in a puristic apartment. As I was raised in a castle with 150 rooms I need a lot of space, high ceilings and air to breath.


The painting “attack” by Friedrich Fehr (1918), in front of a shaman rod of Kazakhstan by the people of Or’schak

MS: Haralampi, you were raised as a son of a fabricant in Vienna and Cannes. And you still spend half of the year at the Cote d’Azur…
Haralampi G. Oroschakoff: The life in Cannes and the view over the ocean are my elixir of life. Down south is a whole other creativity, which is mainly because of the light. Cannes is the core of the whole family.


The chandellier in the dining room is Art Deco from Vienna


In the Oroschakoff’s library, the walls are traditionally kept in red. Art Deco chairs invite you to leisurely browse

MS: Here you immediately notice especially the oriental details and colourful walls.
The walls in my workroom are red, red is so inspiring. The dining hall is turkeys and the salon always peach-colored. Yet it has always been like this in all our apartments…
We put everything together which we got, including heirlooms like the baroque commode in the salon or the oriental-artist carpet. That is how the mix of old and new, modern and antique came up.


“Polis / Republican gardens” of Haralampi Oroschakoff G. (1992). Beside the founder time chest and family photos, a Louis XVI chair

MS: Do you always agree in terms of interior?
Usually. But we have different perspectives in terms of tidiness. Diana tends to build heaps and thinks it is comfortable…
… and on the contrary for you; nothing should be weird, not even the ashtray.
That is how my inner system demands it. (laughs)


A painting of the South Russian School (17th century): Patron saint and namesake of the entire family of the Bojaren Haralamov-Oreschak

MS: All those paintings in a flat of an artist is not a surprise really. Interesting is, that the pieces mainly come from other painters. Do you need the space to your own work?
Not necessarily. There are still some of Haralampis paintings, like the triptych „Russia – Death of Cleopatra – Byzantium” in the dining room that Haralampi gave me.
The paintings of our Petersburg hanging in the kitchen are presents from Rosi Trockel, George Condo, Michel Würthle or Pascha Pepperstein. We do also exchange paintings amongst ourselves as a sign of respect and appreciation. And that is a good thing, otherwise there would only be distinction and intrigues left. (laughs)


The Petersburg hanging in the kitchen with paintings of Rosi Trockel, George Condo, Michel Würthle, Pascha Pepperstein and others


Haralampi on his regular place in the kitchen and his daily training with “Solitaire”: “There is nothing better for the concentration”.

MS: What would you do without in housing design?
As a writer an apartment without books would be unacceptable. There would also always be a place for my favorite piece, a Russian icon, which tells the story of the holy Haralampi – Charlampii, after which the Oreschak progeny were named. This name only exists in my family.
Art is a must. To me, artless rooms are a little bleak. It is strange enough that pictures usually hang too high or they are crooked. Thereby it is so easy to position a painting properly: a hammer, a bubble level and two nails. Done!  BvH


Light reflections in the corridor

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Portrait of Haralampi G. Oroschakoff by his friend, the Berlin dandy Michel Würthle (1995)

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Portrait of Andy Warhol by Joseph Beuys (1989), a present of the Berlin gallery Klüser

Also a collector: Haralampi Oroschakoff


Above the Noveau Art secretary in the bedroom the painting “Polis” of Haralampi G. Oroschakoff (1990)


In the master bedroom an antique, silk wedding kimono from Japan above the bed head

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The Baroque showcase with medals, badges and memories of both families and a family portrait


In the hallway Russian icons and a look into the study


The photo shows the house in Cannes at the Cote d’Azur, the core of the family and the creative workshop of Haralampi G.Oroschakoff




There are 2 comments for this article
  1. at 10:36

    Totally different lifestyle and when I reviewed this post from top to bottom at that time an ancient memory blowing in front of my eyes cause there are lot of antique materials out there. The impressive thing is that everything is very well decorated and anybody will love to see this awesome lifestyle.


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