Home Story – Igor Josifovic

Because of this article, I read again the interview I did with Igor Josifovic, who wrote the book ‘Urban Jungle’ together with another author. Since then, I always browse his images on Instagram and fall in love with indoor plants and his comfortable lifestyle.

I met Igor at one of his favorite coffee shops in our first interview. This time, I visited his new apartment he had just moved in before New Year. We talked about his ideas in interior design, green-living and his new home. If you have heard about Igor, you might already scroll down to view the images I took from his space. Well, let us enjoy his home story right away!

往回翻找上次以Urban Jungle這本書為主軸與Igor Josifovic的採訪竟然已經是去年三月的事。寫這篇文章前,自己也重新讀了那篇採訪內文;這些日子以來,透過瀏覽Igor的Instagram,更加瞭解他對大自然、旅行以及植栽的熱愛;那是種發自內心從生活中培養的美感。我也跟隨著他一頭栽進了室內植栽的熱忱中,陸續地為家中添購不同的盆栽,花時間照料養護;也更加享受安逸美好的生活。

上回關於Urban Jungle的採訪我們約在Igor喜愛的咖啡館;這次因為他在新年之前剛搬了新家,我則借題發揮希望一探他的居家佈置品味,同時深入聊聊他對自在生活與空間佈置的想法。想趕快看看Igor新家的你也許已經先偷偷地往下滑看了這次拍攝的照片;那麼我們就直接進入Igor Josifovic的居家故事吧。

Located at the center of Europe, Munich is a convenient city for Igor since it is easy for him to travel to other European cities. “Although living in this city is quite expensive, once you are used to it, you become satisfied when you can get a cup of coffee at a lower price in other neighboring cities compared to Munich.” Igor told me with a smile. “Munich might not be so creative at certain points, but the quality of life here is good.” He continued.

He had lived in his previous apartment for ten years. It was a rooftop flat which was a tiny space. However, it did not limit his creation to brighten the apartment and pursue a better living. “I am not a minimalist. You have seen how I style my home.” Igor pointed at certain places in the living room with his finger and smiled with a satirical expression. He made a joke about himself, but I could see that he enjoys decorating his rooms with different objects that he has collected for a long time.

As mentioned, Igor’s old apartment was tiny. “But it was great since I have developed my taste and lifestyle in the old apartment. Still, it was too small for me as an interior blogger who loves to take photos every day and uses the space as a background.” Therefore, Igor had an idea to start looking for a new and larger home.

當初選擇慕尼黑做為定居地點的主要原因是慕尼黑位於歐洲的中心,點到點之間的移動十分方便,對喜歡旅行的Igor來說十分有利。雖然物價比較昂貴,不過在習慣了高物價的生活後,一旦到其他國家旅行反而容易因為平實的消費而感到滿足,是一種比較之後的簡單快樂,這樣容易滿足開心的性情大概是定居慕尼黑之後的好處之一。「這座城市(慕尼黑)雖然在創意方面所做的發揮不多、很多方面也趨於保守,不過生活品質很好;是很適合生活的地方。」

在上一所小公寓住了十年,狹小的空間卻絲毫沒有侷限了Igor在居家佈置上的發揮。當許多人因為租賃公寓而不願在佈置、家具與生活裝飾品上多花心思預算時,Igor以細水長流的巧思慢慢地累積出個人品味。「我的確不是個奉行極簡主義的人。」Igor雖是笑著說,卻不聞一絲愧疚,他用手指頭比了比客廳的擺設示意;看來他的確很享受空間中層層疊疊的豐富感呢。

舊公寓雖小,但是在Igor巧妙佈置下,呈現出的是一座迷人的生活空間;小小的無法轉身的廚房準備出早上喚醒自己的美味咖啡與早餐,客廳裡的沙發是他在沒有旅行的週末時度過悠閒時光的角落,古董書桌上、窗台、書架上的大小盆栽與各式書籍以富有景深的層次感各據一點。「那裡很棒(舊公寓),地點令人滿意,也是我慢慢累積個人風格的所在,不過空間真的太小。對一位以空間居家為發揮主題的部落客來說,常常在拍攝照片的背景上受到限制;所以為了更豐富的靈感、可以拍攝更多更好的居家空間影像,才慢慢有了搬家的念頭。」

It is important for Igor to have a pleasant living space and get inspired, same as traveling. “For me, to travel is to feel different cultures, to see beautiful things and to collect those memorable souvenirs.” He said to me. Souvenirs might be a book he found at a local flea market or a small plant he got in a foreign country that always reminds him of the unforgettable journeys. I wondered how Igor develops his taste and sense of aesthetic. Now I understand that they come from all the little details in life. Igor pays attention to them and feels the vibes.

Although blogging is his side job, he still takes perfect images like a professional. Even when taking images in daily life, photogenic atmosphere and details are essential and beyond everything. Through Igor’s photos, one might notice that he pursues perfectionism in some small details that others might not have considered before. From this point we can see that Igor pursues a sense of aesthetic at home not just for the sake of a perfect picture on his blog but because he enjoys his home with beautiful decoration. Igor calls a place home when it is somewhere he can rest comfortably at the end of a day.

同樣的,旅行對Igor來說也具有必須的存在性。「感受不同文化的衝擊、撞見旅程中的美好事物、蒐集每座城市中有代表性的紀念品。」Igor指的紀念品,有可能是一本從當地跳蚤市場挖到的好書、一小盆看似不起眼卻總是令他想起整段旅行回憶的盆栽。品味與美感的累積其實不需要花費大量金錢,而是對於周遭環境有著敏銳的觀察;不管是對居住的城市或是旅遊的景點。

其實撰寫部落格只是Igor的副業,不過他的生活方式與細節已經習慣以「畫面美好」為先決條件。Igor也確實在沒有人看到的小細節中實行「唯美至上」的生活態度。鏡頭裡的美是必然,鏡頭以外的美是對自己的生活負責,對自己好。在看不見的細部上也做得美、做得好是為了更完美的影像,但絕不只是為了影像;把這些都做得令自己發出會心的一笑,每天有個角落好好安身放鬆休息,才是Igor對家、對生活空間的期待。

It is not easy to search for a desired apartment in Munich since it is all about the budget and one’s ideal living conditions. “I am quite lucky to get this one.” Igor is satisfied with his new flat. It seems that a dream has come true.

He was not in a hurry to look for a new apartment. He found the flat via ImmobilienScout24. One after another, Igor only listened to his true feeling while he looked for his ideal place. I wondered what his criterion for an ideal living condition at the beginning were.

” As for my ideal apartment, a convenient location is a bonus, and having good natural light is also important. Besides, I wished my apartment to be in an old building in order to get a better photogenic background.” Igor believes that old buildings have better and more beautiful details than new ones. The ceiling is higher, and the staircase has more delicate details, and even the old-styled wooden floor has a special touch.

Luckily, after five months of searching, Igor got this apartment which was built in 1899 and has all the features he wishes for. When Igor opened the door and welcomed me into his new flat, I knew at first sight that there would be a touching story about Igor and this apartment.

在慕尼黑找房子除了得快狠准之外,運氣與時機也很重要。因為房價居高不下的關係,再加上對居住環境條件的設定,可以同時符合預算、地點與個人喜好等三大重點的機率的確不高;不過Igor笑稱自己的運氣實在太好,才有機會得到這個令他自己覺得美夢成真的好公寓。

Igor開始找房子時並沒有時間上的緊迫性,以租房應用程式ImmobilienScout24來搜尋,透過公開的房市資訊投遞申請書。一次只問一間公寓,等收到房東的通知是否錄取才接著找新的租屋資訊;不急湊,穩下心來才能尋覓到合適的居所。那麼我很好奇,對生活空間條件要求頗高的他,找房子時所設定的條件有哪些呢?

「地點最好是在交通方便的市中心,採光也要有一定的滲透魔力。再者,以拍攝影像為訴求的話,我希望找一棟老房子。」Igor認為,老房子在建築工法與細部上的魅力是新建屋所無法比擬的。老屋建築樓層通常比新屋子高些、樓梯間的木梯與鐵欄杆很細緻、舊格局有種說不出的復古感、老式拼木地板等都是讓Igor十分著迷的。

不過很幸運,在看了五個月的房子之後,Igor喜歡的現居房東也通知Igor可以馬上入住。這是一棟位在地鐵站出口步行約三分鐘、於1899所建造的老房子,上樓的樓梯間有著厚實光潤的木地板,上頭的鍛造扶手雕花內斂卻讓人愛不釋手。當Igor開了門,我進入室內抬頭一望,滿心期待著這次的居家拜訪,我知道Igor的故事也會讓你感動。

A home is a place where you can relax and be yourself at the end of the day.
家是一個可以放鬆作自己,在每天終了前安身休息的所在。

The owner had renovated the apartment before Igor moved in. It was like a blank canvas for Igor to create his decoration ideas. The kitchen in the new apartment is larger than the old one. Also, there is a little balcony to welcome the fresh and bright daylight. Once Igor has moved in, he was more than excited to design a new kitchen. The left-hand side of the kitchen is the cooking area. Igor’s kitchen was tailor-made by IKEA. Through its official website Igor first filled in a questionnaire about his ideas of a kitchen. Afterwards, a specialist of IKEA came to Igor’s apartment and made all the necessary measurements. Then, a kitchen designer of IKEA offered Igor the first proposal.

Igor’s blogging experience helps him to understand well about his ideal kitchen. Therefore, the proposal ran smoothly without any further appointments. They quickly moved to the next steps and finished building his dream kitchen. Igor originally had an idea of having blue tiles on the kitchen wall. He found his desired design which came from Spain online. The uneven surface pattern on each tile makes the whole kitchen wall looks unique under the sunlight. The color of the tiles also matches all the green plants which were placed in front of the wall.

The right-hand side of the kitchen is the bar area where Igor painted the wall in dark blue, another blue color. “It will be a perfect location to have breakfast when my bar stool arrives. I just ordered one online.” There are some lovely objects, books, plants and a speaker on the bar table. There was background music playing during our interview. All of them are Igor’s favorite songs. “I like timeless pop music. They bring back all those good memories.”

His playlist touched me. After the interview, I asked Igor if he could edit a playlist for this article. The playlist can be found at the end of the article, feel free to scroll down and play it while you read the story. Then you may have a better understanding of Igor’s home and his lifestyle.

新公寓房東在上一個房客搬離之後先把居所內的硬體設備全部整修更新,雖然Igor面對的是一整個空的環境,得投入更多的心思佈置,不過新空間也如同一張空白的畫布,讓他可以大膽、不受拘束地自由發揮。

在舊家時,狹小的廚房空間一直是Igor覺得遺憾的小缺點;如今新家的廚房不但寬敞,還有個對外的小陽台,可讓他是摩拳擦掌迫不及待進行廚房設備與空間的規劃。進廚房的左手邊是櫥櫃與流理台面,Igor以IKEA的線上服務申請規劃,填好問卷後,IKEA會派一名丈量師到現場進行精密的尺寸丈量回報給專案設計師。設計師收到空間尺寸後,則以業主(Igor)填寫問卷的喜好與基本要求擬定一份規劃草稿,然後約定時間與Igor會報。

會報之後如果與業主設想有所出入,則會再約定第二次提案。一開始,Igor已經有很明確的想法設定,也從過往部落格的經驗中彙整出最佳的規劃,因此IKEA第一次的提案順利通過,很快地進入皆下來的進度安排。這次在IKEA訂製的廚房品質與服務讓Igor很滿意,在簡單、符合使用需求的前提下,有著很高的完成度,與他心中最初的設定很接近。

流理台面上的藍色磁磚牆面則是這個小空間的原始發想。Igor在網路上找到了這面磁磚,特地從西班牙訂購,再請師傅施作。磚面上不平整的紋路讓整面牆在光線變化中有了獨特的個性,與廚房空間中的小植栽互相輝映。

廚房入口右手邊是以油漆塗上的深藍色牆,Igor規劃為站立式的吧台,再配上挑選的高腳椅(採訪之時,Igor才剛剛訂購了椅子,所以還未送達),會是將來用餐空間之一。吧台上有著各種讓人想把玩的小裝飾品、書籍與盆栽,還有個播放效果極好的小音箱。在採訪停留的兩個小時內,音樂不間斷地陪著我們,都是Igor平日裡最喜歡的歌曲。「我喜歡聽老歌,年輕時候的金曲,耐聽、讓人勾起許多美好回憶。」

那天音樂給我的感動超出以往,也因此在採訪結束後,請他以這次的對話為靈感編輯一張播放清單;清單在文章末端,等不及的,可以先往下滑播放當作背景音樂,然後佐著旋律閱讀這篇文章,或許可以更容易進入Igor的生活態度中。

Igor’s previous apartment was smaller so he had to choose new stuff wisely to fit into the little space. Since his new home is larger now, Igor had a different plan for adding new furniture to the new flat. He planned to create a different atmosphere for the new living space. Firstly, it is important to know what your needs are. The next step is to choose furniture that fits your personality and lifestyle. “How do I know if that style fits me?” “How about if I don’t like the style some years later?” People worry about these problems before they buy new furniture.

“To start from a chair or a corner is easier. If such a little change looks harmonious to the place, then it is a good start to develop a new style.” While Igor shared his thoughts with me, I looked around the room and appreciated his taste. His style presents an elegant side of his personality. It seems to me that he just places all decoration and furniture incidentally without effort. But still, it turns out to be perfect.

這次搬家在家具上的挑選概念與以往不同。以前空間小,在添購家具時抱持著緣分,真的喜歡有必要、值得收藏的才入手;不過現在新的公寓比以往大上幾倍,藉著機會汰舊換新重新將生活氛圍塑造出另一個層次,就得有不同的挑選家具手法才。首先,先瞭解自己在各個空間裡的使用需求,做好空間規劃使用之後才能著手進行風格的設定與家具的尺寸挑選訂購。

風格設定可能是所有人都會面臨的首要問題。在沒有大筆預算或是不確定風格的情況下,可以先從一張椅子、一個小角落開始改變會是比較容易變通的作法。當這把椅子、這個角落進入原本的生活空間之後,如果我們可以很明顯地感到融洽的氛圍,那麼就可以以這個風格繼續發展下去。這種添購家具的手法也可以應用在租屋空間或是預算不多的情況下,不會因為只是短暫的生活空間而失去點綴個人風格的機會。

對話空檔,我看了看Igor的起居室,在家具與裝飾品上以混搭的風格呈現,既有精緻雅痞的一面、也有不拘小節自由奔放的氣息,很難以單一的風格語彙來詮釋。在Igor「非極簡」的調性中,最吸引人的就是高低錯落、前後有層次的佈置手法;每個角落與細節都有豐富的故事與回憶蘊含在其中,他的確成功地將個人品味融洽地織入其中。

Igor is good at using different decorations to give his space a unique feeling. He found the decorations at the local flea markets or online stores. So far, he has a huge collection of decoration stuff. I wondered if there are criteria for collection.

“It is important to collect the object you like, then it will become your unique style. Think about what makes you feel touched, which color you like most and what you need in your life. Then start with a small collection.”

Does it cost a lot? “I usually look for vintage or second-hand stuff from local flea markets or websites such as Etsy and eBay (kleinanzeigen) and only buy affordable pieces.” Igor told me.

And how about fixing and organizing all stuff at home? Since I am a housewife, I know that the more small items you have at home, the longer time you spend on cleaning and fixing. “It is easy. As long as you like it, you are willing to spend time on it, including fixing and cleaning. No tricks.” Igor laughed. It seems that those things surrounding Igor’s life are not only for decoration and uploading photos on his blog, but also for a better lifestyle for himself.

在每個空間中,家具只是附件,而真正讓生活環境裡靈活充滿個人魅力的其實是Igor所收集的各式各樣的小東西。有的是逛跳蚤市場所尋獲的寶物、有的是旅行中對眼的收藏,日積月累至今,儼然擁有龐大的收集量。不過該如何設定收藏風格,怎麼樣的收藏是合適的,自己會永遠喜歡呢?

「只收集自己喜歡的物件是最重要的,其他關於風格或是潮流的探討反而顯得多餘。可以想想在自己生活中有什麼令自己感動的情緒、顏色、使用需求,再從這些關鍵中慢慢挑選。先做小規模蒐集相同類型風格的款式會是很好的方法。」

那會不會花很多預算呢?「其實我收集的大多是從二手市集或是跳蚤市場裡的老物件,價格通常低廉不傷荷包;或是透過Etsy、德國ebay上的頻道kleinanzeigen都有很好的機會找到喜歡的物件。」

東西這麼多會不會不好整理?我自己家裡物件沒有Igor那麼多,不過即使天天都有打掃的習慣,灰塵與污垢還是有一定程度的累積;我戲謔地看著Igor,想讓他教教我讓室內看起來整齊清潔的方法。「很簡單,因為這些都是心愛的物品與生活環境,所以願意花時間整理打掃;其實沒有訣竅。」所有的生活態度回歸到最後都是因為自己喜歡才開始,不是因為部落格需求拍照,而是打從內心裡為自己做的事,「只要喜歡就願意花時間」是再好不過的詮釋了。

There are three walls where Igor painted in blue at home. “They are all different blue.” Igor explained to me. He especially likes the blue tone in the sleeping room. He added many objects in this room that are made of natural materials to let himself feels comfortable and relaxed such as bamboo, cotton or linen. I also asked him his favorite brands when buying bedding sets. “Muji and H&M home collection are quite nice.” An idea to let you know.

相較於起居室與廚房裡的氛圍,在睡房中Igor除了以類似的藍色粉刷牆面之外(Igor補充說,家裡三面牆的藍都不同,是三款深淺各有差異的色號,以符合每個空間的調性,是當初特別挑選的),更在睡眠的環境中添加了許多自然元素(竹子)的家具以及柔軟舒服亞麻或是純棉寢具。簡單清爽的空間中帶有沈穩的氣息,讓人感到放鬆沒有壓力。同時也問了Igor習慣購買哪些品牌的寢具;Muji、H&M Home的品質都不錯,都是他喜歡的品牌,也讓你參考。

Igor likes music. As long as he stays at home, there is music. Besides music, he also loves to apply perfume at home and on himself. He chooses different smells depending on the seasons. In wintertime, he likes the woody fragrance, whereas in summer or spring, he enjoys fruity or sweet smells. “I am open to all kinds of fragrances. Diptyque, Skondinavisk or Muji offer quite good scents for home. They are my favorites.”

Here is Igor’s playlist that I also enjoy a lot, especially when I prepare coffee and breakfast on weekend mornings. Listen to the music and let me know if you like them.

At the end of the interview, I asked Igor to introduce us three Instagramers who give him inspiration. If you go through these three accounts, namely oidim_neon_beigedoitbutdoitnow, you realize they are all about green living and interior design. I hope you find some interesting points after reading this article and enjoy this home story as I do. We only live once, live for ourselves.

前幾個段落提到了音樂在Igor生活中的重要性;只要回到家便打開喇叭播放喜歡的樂曲。同樣的,香芬對他來說也是生活中不可或缺的,不管是噴灑的香水或是空間香芬相關產品,Igor喜歡依照不同季節來挑選合適的香味。冬日裡是充滿大地分子的設計,而夏日裡則很喜歡充滿甜味、水果味的氣息,來增加生活情趣。「我對於香味的接納度很高,坦白說沒有特別只用那些品牌的香水或是香芬產品,只要是喜歡的都願意嘗試。Diptyque、 Skondinavisk、muji等品牌的香芬用品都很讓我喜愛。」

附上Igor編輯的「Cozy Home」歌單,這些歌,我很喜歡在週末早上沖煮咖啡、與家人一起用早餐時播放,常常讓我搖頭晃腦跟著哼了起來。你也聽聽看,有沒有喜歡的旋律。

採訪最後,請Igor介紹三位在社群媒體上很欣賞的創作者:oidim_neon_beigedoitbutdoitnow。從這三個帳號中可以發現都是有關於植物、室內設計與居家佈置的美麗內容,容易讓人產生愉悅的心情。你是不是也和我一樣,在更進一步認識了Igor之後也對自己的生活環境有了不同的態度呢?不管如何,生活是以自己為主,回歸到最後得自己喜歡、真心享受才是最重要的。

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