Ralf Schmitz is one of Germany’s most respected developers and builders of beautifully designed and highly crafted residences. We were asked to bring our sensibilities and collaborations and help bring THE THEODOR to life. The campaign was centered on the richly evocative work of painter Shelley Reed, with whom we collaborated to create an imagined life for the project.

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This life reflects on the unique quality of the building as it emerges from its context- seemingly always having been there yet mysteriously also very modern. This duality is something we find extremely intriguing and very satisfying, and as it turned out, so do the buyers of these residences.
The beholders of Shelley Reed’s pieces often feel as if they have been transported to a place beyond time. Not just because the American painter has concentrated on a specific form of black and white painting for many years, suspending from her paintings the noisy bustle of everyday life. She has also drawn from the late Baroque paintings by Dutch and French masters. Reed greatly favors hunting still lifes and figures of animals. One of her most famous artistic heroes, the Dutch painter Melchior d’Hondecoeter (1636–1695), inspired her with his compositions of local and exotic birds. One of his most well-known paintings is The Floating Feather. – Univ.-Prof. Dr. Ulli Seegers
In this world, there are a handful of extraordinary places that fascinate visitors in a particular way: with their location, their history, and their completely unique feeling. Places that, even after just a few minutes, clearly deliver the feeling of “I want to live here!” It is in these select locations that the RALF SCHMITZ firm chooses to build homes. We embraced this world and commissioned fine artist Shelley Reed to tell that story.
Artwork 'By The Theodor' by Shelley Reed