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MILENA HÖHL RECOMMENDS: CALIFORNIA DREAMING

MILENA HÖHL RECOMMENDS: CALIFORNIA DREAMING

For those that love macramés as much as I do, a visit to California Dreaming, the design studio of Dörte Bundt, is a must. Her new store just opened in December, located in the heart of Berlin-Neukölln. Always in high spirits, her good mood radiates through the space: Almost like entering another world, the walls are decked out in impressively-woven carpets, hand-knitted macramés filled with leafy plants, and eye-catching decorations. If you’re craving to get creative, you can sign up for a private workshop with Dörte and learn about weaving technique while making your very own macramé. (Text: Milena Höhl)

California Dreaming, Tellstr.7, 12045 Berlin-Neukölln; map
Tue-Fri 12-19h, Sat 13-18h

Born and raised in Berlin, Milena previously worked at PR agency Bold for four years before enrolling in a Communication Design program.

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AMORE STORE: FOR THE LOVE OF ITALIAN DELICACIES AND MORE

AMORE STORE: FOR THE LOVE OF ITALIAN DELICACIES AND MORE

Reincarnated after a long life as an umbrella supplier, Amore is the store you desperately want in your neighborhood. Owner Kerstin Finger is sweet as a button, and her store is an amalgamation of her most-loved Italian finds. From assorted tartufi, pasta and sauces, to a not-your-average umami paste, and even select stationery, it’s the mix that makes it. Some products are rare goods you’d most likely find in the back of your nonna’s storage cupboard, while others have a “designer” quality to them. Notebooks and pens are neatly aligned next to bulgy panettone cakes. Italian literature sits beside chunky bars of Sicilian nougat. This shop is like a ray of sunshine on a cold day. Not only for its unique assortment of products, but also for its décor and design: Kerstin’s background in graphic design is written all over the place. In the past, Italian classes have been held in-store – keep a lookout on the Facebook page for updates. (Text: Victoria Pease)

Amore Store, Sanderstr.12, 12047 Berlin-Neukölln; map
Tue-Fri 12-20h, Sat 12-18h

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DAS CAPE MÄDCHEN: LAMBSWOOL SHAWLS AND ECLECTIC OBJECTS

DAS CAPE MÄDCHEN: LAMBSWOOL SHAWLS AND ECLECTIC OBJECTS

Best known for her label Das Cape Mädchen, Josephine Gaede has already been running her Schöneberg showroom for over a year. But you’ll find more than chic capes here. Walking into the fourth-floor apartment, a world of beautiful things will open before you. Next to her collection of lambswool shawls, Josephine has another label on display: Edition etc. Ranging from cushions and vases to necklaces, the objects sold in the showroom are brought together from across the world, and can be reserved and bought on the spot. But there’s another special thing about this place: Josephine, who started her business working from home, has brought a sense of that snugness into her studio. Here, you won’t find anonymity, but a connection that goes beyond the products on display. That’s the feeling that stays with you when you leave. (Text: Claudia Maria Zenk)

Das Cape Mädchen Showroom, Starnbergerstr.4, 10781 Berlin-Schöneberg; map
Visit by appointment

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KARTE DESIGN — SOPHISTICATED AND STYLISH STATIONERY

KARTE DESIGN — SOPHISTICATED AND STYLISH STATIONERY

A Berlin-based boutique stationery company, Karte Design Fabrik is the brainchild of Liz McKeown and Gareth Reardon, who moved over from Sydney in 2011. Selling gift wrap, greeting cards, and mounted prints, the styles are delicate yet decisive; the Between Days greetings cards are a dreamy haze of pastels balanced in a simple circle, and the more geometric designs, such as the Tannenbaum gift wrap, features bold patterns with a pop of yellow. Our favorite, however, is the selection of gold foil products – in particular, the Shaking Through design of offbeat, gold triangles. The stationery is simple enough to be useful for any occasion, and beautiful enough to want to keep for yourself. For last minute shoppers: select products are also available at Modulor. (Text: Antonia Harris)

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SOWALE: JAPANESE CULTURE FOR PAPER AFICIONADOS

SOWALE: JAPANESE CULTURE FOR PAPER AFICIONADOS

Back in Fukuoka, Japan, Tomomi and Yasuhiro Tadamatsu owned a little paper shop that only opened its doors on weekends. At the same time, both had full-time jobs. Visiting Berlin, they instantly fell in love with the city. Several years of preparation and planning later, the couple decided to take the leap and launch their stationery boutique. Since June 2016, visitors can find a curated selection of paper and prints in their Helmholtzkiez store. The collection includes Sowale notebooks, sketchbooks, envelopes, and cards made of high-end paper. Yasuhiro is the creative force behind the paper-loving company; Many of the products sold here are based on his own sketches and are printed in Japan. Products designed by other Japanese artists have also found their place in the lovingly-styled shop, alongside paintings by the owner’s artsy friends. (Text: Ferdinand Hamsch / Photos: Anne Freitag)

Sowale, Stargarderstr.16, 10437 Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg; map
Mon-Sat 11-18h

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