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KNOK STORE: CONTEMPORARY KOREAN DESIGN AMBASSADORS

KNOK STORE: CONTEMPORARY KOREAN DESIGN AMBASSADORS

It all began with a couple of backpacks — from hyped Korean brands Gear3 and Rawrow. When Haelan Kim and Inti Castellazzi started importing select fashion items by South Korean labels to Europe, they soon realized they’d found a niche in bringing sleek, high tech design products from Seoul to Europe — for which demand was high. The breadth of their offerings kept expanding, and in 2016 Knok was launched online. Since June 2018, Knok Store is now also situated in a charming, light-flooded Altbau near Südstern, with poured concrete floors and custom-made display cases. Their curated selection — from sunglasses (Yun) and fashion (In Silence) to living and tech accessories (Craft Combine, Dear Maison), showcase the best of contemporary, minimalist South Korean design. You’re invited to linger as you browse — Knok is also an exhibition space for emerging Korean artists, a café and an event space. From backpacks to full-blown design empire, this duo of South Korean design ambassadors shows no sign of slowing down. (Text: Anna Dorothea Ker / Photos: c/o Knok Store)

Knok Store, Hasenheide 54, 10967 Berlin-Kreuzberg; map
Mon-Fri 11-20h, Sat 9-20h

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RETHINKING THE MODERN RETAIL EXPERIENCE: MELAGENCE STORE

RETHINKING THE MODERN RETAIL EXPERIENCE: MELAGENCE STORE

They say Moabit’s on the rise, and with it, a new concept for brick and mortar retail. Just opened in the freshly renovated A Bit Mo’ Altbau complex is Melagence Store, founded by the eponymous agency in July 2018. Featuring a rotating selection of collections in the agency portfolio, Melagence was founded to allow designers and brands to share their own voices and visions with their clientele. That might take the form of a designer brunch with Bananatime or a salon conversation with Parisian designer Mathieu de Menonville — the point is to break down the barriers between maker and wearer, to exchange inspiration and ideas and to rethink the future of fashion retail. The current rotation, “The Holiday Edition”, features womens- and menswear from the likes of Mara Hoffman, Sunno and Club Petanque, and from 17.9.-12.10-2018, “The Men’s Essential Wardrobe Collection” will take over with a menswear-only selection of Joseph, Éditions M.R and Band of Outsiders pieces. Subscribe to the mailing list to be amongst the first to know the latest. (Text: Anna Dorothea Ker / Photos: Editions M.R / Melagence)

Melagence Store, Alt-Moabit 104, 10559 Berlin-Moabit; map

Mon-Fri 10-18h or by appointment

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FASHION COUNCIL GERMANY POP-UP SHOP — STYLISH CREATIONS BY EMERGING GERMAN DESIGNERS

FASHION COUNCIL GERMANY POP-UP SHOP — STYLISH CREATIONS BY EMERGING GERMAN DESIGNERS

Slowly but surely, summer is coming to an end. With a golden fall lying ahead, now’s the time to replenish your wardrobe for the upcoming colder days. Buying local, of course — which is made easy thanks to Bikini Berlin‘s latest pop-up shop with its catchphrase “Explore the Unusual”. The initiative is hosted by Fashion Council Germany (FCG), which is dedicated to nurturing and promoting emerging German fashion designers. Following the first pop-up in June, their fall edition promises even more variety. In addition to women’s fashion and classic unisex attire, the temporary store offers a wide range of men’s clothes and accessories. The selection of labels includes Jan ‘n June and Bad Tailor with their eco-friendly fashion, Damur and Frisur focusing on unconventional yet timeless pieces and Ucon Acrobatics’ trademark backpacks. (Text: Lisa Staub / Photos: Fashion Council Germany)

Bikini Berlin, Budapester Str.42-50 10787 Berlin-Tiergarten; map

Fashion Council Germany Pop-Up Shop at Bikini Berlin

29.8.-2.9.2018, Thu-Sat 10-20h, Sun 13-18h

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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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