“We don’t buy new things because we like the idea of binding ourselves to objects that have a cultural history,” says Rash. One object that is slightly more startling compared with others is in the dining room. It is a series of mirrors etched by the Russian-French artist Erté. “These mirrors were created for Madame Claude’s high-class brothel in Paris in the 1960s,” he says. “They were used for her closet, so I’m sure there are some really interesting stories behind them.” Mounted in the kitchen to fill the space of a missing window, they fit the room perfectly and reflect Rash’s hospitality as he conjures up cocktails for friends.
The apartment is divided by a mezzanine, along which hangs a Japanese screen from the early 19th century. Rash and Sohst cut it in three and positioned the pieces in steps to highlight the transition of their space. “At the top section of the screen, you have two people who go upstairs to an old kind of mezzanine,” says Rash. “It’s almost like a mirror to our own.” This is followed by a Mr Antonio de La Gándara painting and, as you look down, you can’t help but be transported. From a surrealist painting by Mr André Masson (Rash’s favourite purchase) and a kinetic ball by Mr Pol Bury to a prop from the Joker film (the wooden working desk, to be exact), Rash and Sohst’s home is filled with artistic fortune.