Bernat Klein & High Sunderland
Walking into High Sunderland, the home of Bernat Klein, is walking into a living expression that speaks of Klein’s singular philosophy on design and its influence on the human condition. Although Klein’s physical being is no longer, his life is described by High Sunderland. It’s not a museum but home to the Klein Family since 1957.
Designed by architect Peter Womersley, the Klein family residence was an immediately stylish and contemporary home influenced by Klein’s love of modernism, design, and the Scandinavian aesthetic.
The house remains as Klein first established it and is a record of his disciplined approach to what was allowed, and what was not. Little change has taken place in its sixty years, and the interior is as important as the exterior, as together they complete a picture that is rarely experienced outside photographs, archives, and artefacts.
Klein was part of this generation of new designers who were enthused and inspired by the opportunities that design offered.
Bold colour, texture, and luscious surfaces of oils applied by palette knives form Klein’s distinctive style that he was able to translate into luxurious textiles.