Smoothly curved mid-century wood, nostalgic colors. Here, beauty comes in the form of furniture. On the outside, there is the unmistakable geometry of socialist architecture, but from the inside comes a haptic warmth from a time when concept and craft went hand in hand. In 2015, Deubel and D’Aubeterre opened Coroto, their shop for curated furniture and home accessories. Their specialty, in addition to Scandinavian objects, is creative, original pieces from warmer, southern parts of the globe. The Gran Captain, for example, is a lounge chair straight out of vibrant ’60s Brazil. The seat hangs on ropes – all that’s missing is a drink. Or fall in love with the sturdy but slender Italian Canada Lounge Chair, whose wooden buttons are reminiscent of the Mole Chair from grandmaster designer Sergio Rodrigues. I love the bold shapes of tropical modernism. The team around Brazilian designer Oscar Niemeyer worked according to the motto “move forward, never imitate,” doing so with elegance and class. How I would love to design a hotel with this philosophy in mind! This truly is furniture full of life. (Text: Nina Lemm / Photos: Attila Hartwig)
Nina Lemm moved to Kreuzberg from London in 2001. She is an interior stylist and furniture designer, and has recently produced a collection influenced by Brazilian design.
Coroto, Strausberger Platz 8, 10243 Berlin–Friedrichshain; map
Sat 12–18h or by appointment