Sabine Nedelchev, Editor-in-Chief of ELLE Decoration Germany, shares her working style

JUN 27, 2020 | By ELLE Decoration network
(L-R) Sabine prefers to work in an offbeat yet ergonomic position in her office nook; View from her window

From studying art history to fashion design, Sabine’s journey has been awe-inspiring. She first worked with Gianfranco Ferré in Milan as a designer before joining ELLE in 1995. Seven year later, in 2002, she became the magazine’s editor. It’s coincidental that after another seven years, in 2009, she began her current role.

How have you set the mood to work efficiently from home?
I start at 8.30am every day and follow a routine like in the office. I can’t do without jasmine green tea with ginger, lemon and some seasonal flowers. Since we seem to be working at least the same hours but in a sitting position, I try to work in a horizontal pose (as you can see). This helps my back relax and ensures better circulation to my legs.

Are there any hobbies that you’re indulging in while confined?
Several, new and old. My greatest pleasure is baking cakes (without sugar). I meditate and read a lot. Playing Speedminton in the garden and significant amounts of time on the piano are also on my agenda. Plus, I design new houses on Pinterest pinboards, just for fun. 

Tell us about your inspirations…
A new platform called the evolution factory, which is a global group of coaches, CEOs, therapists, etc, looking to create a better balance between mankind, nature and technology. They offer seminars to find ways to make a difference… I believe it will become the hottest place to participate for global trendsetters.

How has WFH changed the way you and your team work?
We will remain flexible when it comes to working from home. But we’ll also enjoy the creative process of talking and exchanging ideas on the go, so much more. 

What is your most treasured possession?
A sand coloured, silk carpet from Jan Kath in my living room. Another favourite is my new vintage piano made with walnut wood and an art deco silhouette by the manufactures of Schimmel in Braunschweig. 

A book or movie that you’d happily read or watch over and over again…
Among books, it’s Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts, and anything from Haruki Murakami. I can watch The Big Lebowski by the Cohen Brothers. 

Your all-time favourite architects…
Swiss architect Herzog de Meuron for his impeccable understanding of proportions, Charles and Ray Eames for their humour and playfulness, and Verena Hennig, who has a clear feel for poetry. I will keep watching her work.

Once the travel ban is lifted, where would you first travel to?
Ibiza. To create a summer of love!

Scroll to see a recent, tantalising setting in her office