photo: Karsten Hintz
Probably the best thing about Berlin is the fact that it’s so diverse that no matter what you’re interested in, you can find a whole bunch of places here that will enable you to pursue your passion. Same goes for design – apart from such amazing examples of outstanding architectural thought like the Martin Gropius Bau or the St. Agnes Church, there’s also plenty of museums devoted to the subject, like the Bauhaus Archive or the Kunstgewerbemuseum. You can also get inspired by new initiatives of people who’re keen on creating beautiful and functional things, like the guys from Fundamental Berlin or LLot LLov. More about them and similar suggestions after the jump!
Devoted to one of the most influential schools of architecture, arts and design of the 20th century, the Bauhaus Archiv is home to numerous art pieces, documents and examples of literature. The exhibits comprise various items created in the concept of a “total” work of art (Gesamtkunstwerk) in which all arts, including architecture, theater, design and fashion, would eventually be brought together.
Bauhaus Archive, Klingelhöferstraße 14, 10785 Berlin Mitte
Open: Wed – Mon: 10-17h, entry: 8 Euro
photo: Hans Glave
The exhibitions in the Kunstgewerbemuseum feature decorative arts from all post-classical periods of art history. When you regard the most recent exhibits, it’s like an archive for product design – some of the items presented by the museum were fashion costumes, porcelain figurines, or the Eames chair.
Kunstgewerbemusem, Matthäikirchplatz, 10785, Berlin Mitte
Open: Wed-Mon: 10-17h, entry: 8 Euro
photo: Jj M Ḥtp
Uli Richter Revisited – Ausstellungsansicht, 2016
© Kunstgewerbemuseum / Staatliche Museen zu Berlin / David von Becker
This store owned by a Berlin design label offers original furniture and various products for home. All the posters, frames and tableware sold in this elegant shop run by a duo of Irish and German design lovers are quite intriguing and enjoyable to look at and will definitely make for a great gift for anyone who appreciates beautiful home items.
Fundamental Berlin, Ackerstraße 1A, 10115 Berlin
Open: Mon – Fri: 9-19h, Sat & Sun: 11-19h
photos: Fundamental Berlin
This contemporary design and manufacturing company from Vancouver has recently decided to open their showroom in Berlin. They specialize in designing captivating lamps that will brighten up the interior in both literal and metaphorical sense. Bocci is continuously growing its portfolio with new projects of furniture and electrical sockets.
Bocci79, Kantstr 79, 10627 Berlin-Charlottenburg
Open: Tue – Sat: 11-19h
Exciting both for the lovers of beautiful furniture and for those of you who appreciate sustainable design, the projects from Johanenlies are high quality pieces of furniture created from recycled wood. Ranging from couches to conference tables, the products from this manufacturing company are perfect examples of fair philosphy coming together with tremendous talent.
Johanenlies, Mulackstraße 32, 10119 Berlin-Mitte
Open: Mon-Sat 11-19h
photos: Doro Zinn
Llot Llov / Baerck
Llot Llov is a Berlin-based interior design studio that offers both design services for stores and events, but also has a range of products that they sell through their concept store Baerck in Mulackstraße. They have quite a few iconic products such as their hanging flower cocoon Lucille or their complex lamp sculpture Lola which is a collaboration with fashion label Lala Berlin. With their work they often blend the border between design and art making the visit of their store often feel like a gallery visit. At Baerck you will also find interior products from other labels, as well as fashion from local designers such as Vladimir Karaleev and Hien Le, as well as international ones such as Henrik Vibskov.
Baerck, Mulackstraße 12, 10119 Berlin-Mitte
photos: Llot Llov
This is a paradise for both magazine and interior design lovers. soda books in Mitte has any magazine you could possibly look for and a great selection of unique books – a lot about design and architecture as well. And the way they display them is the best way to find them – organized and stylish.
soda. books, Weinbergsweg 1, 10119 Berlin-Mitte
Open: Mon-Fri 11-19h, Sat 12-19h
The wide range of products offered at Modulor will cater to the needs of anyone’s who’s into architecture, design, or any kind of crafts. One of the most amazing aspects of the shop’s outstanding offer are its materials: from PVC through corrugated sheets and faux leather, they’ve got it all. They also have a selction of furniture.
Modulor, Prinzenstr. 85, 10969 Berlin-Kreuzberg
Open: Mon – Fri: 9-20h, Sat 10-18h