Modern Romance | Inside The Home Of Fashion's Most Photographed Couple

BY Harper's Bazaar Arabia / Apr 14 2016 / 21:35 PM

​Justin O'Shea and Veronika Heilbrunner's Berlin apartment is an apt reflection of themselves — stylish but never too serious

Modern Romance | Inside The Home Of Fashion's Most Photographed Couple
Zackery Michael
The couple (with O'Shea's beloved motorcycle) in front of their Art Nouveau apartment building in Berlin. Veornika wears Valentino gown, and Valentino Garavani earrings; Dr. Martens boots; Rings (worn throughout), Heilbrunner's own

It's a Thursday afternoon, and Justin O'Shea and Veronika Heilbrunner — whose yin-yang stylishness has made them one of fashion's most photographed couples — are enjoying some rare time alone at their airy apartment in Berlin's quiet, tree-lined Charlottenburg neighborhood. But it won't last long. "Tonight we're going to a party in a castle," O'Shea explains over the phone. A castle? "It's what happens in Germany, you know," he quips. The party was in fact held at St. Emmeram Palace — a giant, gilded affair in the Bavarian town of Regensburg — and cohosted by MyTheresa, the luxury e-commerce site where O'Shea was the buying director at the time (he recently moved to Italian menswear label Brioni). A few hours after we spoke, the couple showed up arm in arm, O'Shea in one of his signature bespoke three-piece suits, his tattoos peeking out from his slim-cut shirtsleeves, and Heilbrunner in a dramatic crimson velvet skirt, one enormous chandelier earring dangling from her right ear.

Veronika Heilbrunner and Justin O'Shea on their terrace. Veronika wears Calvin Klein Collection dress; Nike Classic Cortez sneakers; Necklaces (worn throughout), Heilbrunner's own

Both well versed in the art of the unexpected, O'Shea and Heilbrunner look like a street-style snapshot come to life, and their home is infused with the same ineffable flair. Located in a late-19th-century Art Nouveau building with soaring ceilings, a century-old ceramic stove, and a large terrace overlooking a tree-filled courtyard, the apartment was the first and only place they looked at when they moved from Munich to Berlin two years ago, for Heilbrunner's job as style editor of Harper's Bazaar Germany (she is now the creative director of Hey Woman!, a lifestyle website she cofounded). "We came to go apartment shopping, saw this place first, and then canceled all the other appointments," says Heilbrunner, who was born and raised in Munich. "We were like, 'This is it.'"

The couple in the living room. Veronika wears Chloé blouse and pants

For O'Shea, who grew up in rural Australia and travels on business roughly 10 months out of the year, putting down roots was a foreign concept. "My whole life, I moved to so many different cities and I lived in hotels, so I never even owned furniture," he says. "But when Veronika and I moved in together, I thought, 'I really need to get nicer stuff.' " Luckily, O'Shea's keen eye for clothes — honed at the Kuwait-based retailer Al Ostoura before he joined MyTheresa in 2009 — translated to decor with relative ease. "I don't think anyone can teach Justin about buying anything," says Heilbrunner. "We have very similar taste, so it worked well from the beginning. And we both like to shop."

The couple met six years ago at the Acne Studios showroom in Copenhagen. Their first joint acquisition for their current apartment was a sofa upholstered in mint-green velvet, now in the middle of the living room. "We found it when we were looking for a bed," says Heilbrunner. "We didn't like any of the beds at the store, but we were like, 'Wow, that couch looks awesome.' And we already had a couch. So we wound up with two couches and no bed." The room also features several large artworks, including a piece by Richard Prince and two paintings by Silke Albrecht, a young German artist who studied under Andreas Gursky.

The dining area, with paintings by Silke Albrecht (left) and Walter Dahn

Their tastes may be in sync, but they're also wide-ranging. "We both love beautiful marble and a little bit of opulence. But then we also like very modernist buildings," O'Shea says. "It's like getting tattoos—the more random they are, the less you hate them and the better they go together."

Relaxing in the kitchen. Veronika wears Tom Ford dress; and Converse sneakers

Photography: Zackery Michael. Via Harper's Bazaar US