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JULIA BOOS RECOMMENDS: WOODBOOM

JULIA BOOS RECOMMENDS: WOODBOOM

A love for nature and craftsmanship gave rise to Woodboom in 2015. Founded by Mischa-Amadeus Olma, Woodboom is today located in a historically listed hall in Lichtenberg. The atelier of the creative four-person team is much more than a classic workshop — it is a hub for product development, furniture production, and interior design, from where the team brings to life new ideas, fabricating unique pieces of wood and steel for private homes as well as for restaurants, offices, and hotels. What’s more, Woodboom brings together and fosters a diverse array of craftspeople small artisanal businesses, creating a nurturing and experimental space for their novel concepts. Intrigued? Get in touch and make an appointment to stop by. (Text: Julia Boos / Photos: Woodboom)

Woodboom, Josef-Orlopp-Str.92, 10365 Berlin-Lichtenberg; map
By appointment only. Online ShopInstagram

Julia Boos was born in Hamburg and has Polish roots. Since the summer of 2015, she’s been splitting her time between Berlin and the west coast of California, working as a freelance creative director and set designer.

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KOTAI DESIGN — UNIQUE PIECES INSPIRED BY WABI-SABI

KOTAI DESIGN — UNIQUE PIECES INSPIRED BY WABI-SABI

The meaning of the Japanese word “kotai” is twofold, translating as both “solid” and “individual.” Fittingly, the Berlin design studio of the same name offers select design objects which embody uniqueness and durability. The philosophy is grounded in the Japanese concept of wabi-sabi, according to which true beauty is not defined by perfection, but rather by its opposite: it is precisely those small signs of wear and tear and aging that make an object unique. The first jewelry collection by Kei Urayama, Kotai’s founder, is made up of four classic pieces: a ring, a bracelet, earrings and a necklace. Crafted by hand and made from fine silver, the high-quality material forms to the shape of the wearer’s own body, in reflection of the individuality ingrained in the wabi-sabi philosophy. (Text: Lisa Staub / Photos: Anna Boettke)

Kotai: websiteInstagram

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INDIAN GOODS CO. — HANDMADE DESIGNS FOR BRIGHTER HOMES

INDIAN GOODS CO. — HANDMADE DESIGNS FOR BRIGHTER HOMES

When Indian-born Vatsala Murthy moved to Germany in 2016, she quickly realized that the textiles and craftsmanship of her home country found in Europe were often represented in a clichéd way. She took matters into her own hand and started the online shop Indian Goods Co., which is now coming to Berlin for a five-day pop-up. The finely handcrafted objects in Vatsala’s selection — jewelry, home accessories, and a recently-launched clothing line — are produced in small quantities by artisans. Her aim is not only to present products that embody both aesthetics and functionality but also to promote fair working conditions and sustainable consumption. If that sounds enticing, drop by her pop-store in Prenzlauer Berg, on from 13.-17.7.2018. (Text: Lisa Staub / Photos: Eda Temucin, Jonas Lenger)

Indian Goods Co. Pop-Up Store, Dunckerstr.11, 10437 Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg; map

Pop-Up 13.7.-17.7.2018, Facebook EventOnline Shop

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FRAMA STUDIO STORE: CONTEMPORARY DANISH DESIGN

FRAMA STUDIO STORE: CONTEMPORARY DANISH DESIGN

Juggling many facets of design, Danish design studio Frama sports a back-to-basics approach in its furniture, lighting, home and apothecary products. Its Copenhagen base, housed within an 18th-century pharmacy in the historic Nyboder neighborhood, is both a retail space as well as a physical embodiment of the brand. Here, original elements like old medical drawers and decorative glass ceilings are presented in dialogue with Frama’s wood, concrete and steel finishes. Also taking notes from the past is Frama’s apothecary collection: Their premier eau de parfum, named St. Pauls after the original pharmacy, combines earthy sandalwood and top notes of citrus and lavender. It’s the perfect keepsake to bring back home. (Text: Victoria Pease / Photos: Michael Rygaard)

Frama Studio Store, Fredericiagade 57, 1310 Copenhagen-Nyboder; map
Tue-Fri 11-17h, Sat 11-14h

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MONICA SALAZAR RECOMMENDS: ISOBEL GOWDIE

MONICA SALAZAR RECOMMENDS: ISOBEL GOWDIE

Isobel Gowdie, the Mitte-based shop founded by Dutch artist Iris Van Dongen in 2011, was named after a Scottish woman who famously confessed to witchcraft in the 17th century. In the tradition of ladies behaving badly, Van Dongen embraces the stylistic prowess of women’s couture in her self-owned store where you immediately feel the presence of the stylish and daring painter who passionately sources the pieces on offer. Isobel Gowdie presents a fantastic selection of designer vintage and resale clothing, while its new sister shop, Hotel Paris, promises to offer plenty of new selections from brands like Bellerose, Mes Demoiselles, Vanessa Bruno, and Les Coyotes de Paris, as well as designer objects and beauty products from La Brucket, Korres, Richard Hutten, and more. Check out the store’s Instagram for the newest items. (Text: Monica Salazar / Photos: Iris Van Dongen)

Isobel Gowdie, Mulackstr.28 10119 Berlin-Mitte; map
Hotel Paris, Mulackstr.4, 10119 Berlin-Mitte; map
Mon–Sat 12–19h

Originally from Texas, Monica Salazar has lived in Berlin Prenzlauer Berg since 2009. She is co-founder of Berlin Art Link online magazine, as well as BAL Productions, an arts-focused media and events agency.

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