The Ornate Frame Room


In 1973, Karlo was born in what was then, East Berlin. In the mid 80's, a friend gave him a Run-DMC record that his parents got him as a gift from the West. From that moment on, everything changed. Karlo stopped going to meetings of the FDJ, and confided instead, quite intensively in the hip-hop culture. Graffiti, above all, grabbed him. He went from tagging slogans on school toilets to spraying large, colourful murals on walls. He had one problem though, he couldn't buy spray cans; so, he made his own out of hairspray and Reddi-wip cans. Upon attempting to decorate the school gym with a picture of Honecker hurdling, he was caught and subsequently, expelled.

He felt he finally had to bury his dreams of studying art. He began an apprenticeship as a scaffolder and took the opportunity to venture into repair work on the "wall" in order to facilitate his flight to the West. He succeeded, landing him in Dusseldorf, where he graduated from high school and began studying at the Art Academy. His room in the Cologne Wohngemeinschaft -- he was growing bored of the snobby lifestyle in Dusseldorf -- is a kind of homage to his current creation: "Artasascaffoldofchance.SamplesubmissionyourselfRandomAnd
HowAreSeeminglyRandomlyBrokenAgain," the title of his concept of space. And this space, he calls his second home. Karlo takes an exact copy of it with him on his exhibition tours. He exhibits in various museums, and not just the room alone; occasionally, he himself lives here for the duration of the exhibition.



"Karlo" is a beautifully decorated scaffold with one double bed and a single bed in dizzy height. Karlos scaffold can be booked for two starting at 59€ per night or starting at 75€ for three. 

  • includes bedding and a towel
  • free WiFi
  • nice and clean shared showers
  • 24h access 
  • Starting at 59€ per nicht (price might vary depending on circumstances or city events)

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