With the festive mood spreading and taking hold everywhere we have decided to present to you a Christmas gift guide featuring our favorite designers from around Berlin.
Christmas is the time for traditions. But we think traditions are only fun when they are open to innovation and adapted to the times. In our suggestions for this Christmas, we seek genuineness through ethical craftsmanship and a focus on materials, at the same time as novelty and modernity through the cultured reinterpretation of classics.
Instead of a pine as a Christmas tree this year you could get an oak! In the shape of Bullenberg’s ‘ARX Table series’. According to the Berlin label’s commitment to merging architectural functionalism with an artful design, the series boasts excellent aesthetics and material solidity by combining powder-coated steel, available in a varied color palette, and solid oak wood – coming straight from the van Alvensleben family’s ancient forest in the region of Saxony-Anhalt.
ARX Table series, available in different and customizable dimensions, price on request.
2) William Fan
Distortion of categories and boundaries is definitely a favorite theme in Berlin and one that is nicely put forward through the elegant pieces conceived by William Fan. Rooted in a close connection to raw materials such as leather, pure new wool or silk, the designer reinterprets the image of work wear through unisex and ageless fashion.
For her: Get super festive with the Turner dress in luscious burgundy velvet embellished with jingly dangles
For Him: A great clash of culture and texture is the Jacket Fu.
Check out our collaboration with the designer in occasion of the presentation of this collection at the Fashion Week Berlin:
Dress Turner: € 1250 Jacket Fu: € 850
3) Accidental Concrete by Jonas Klock
Jonas Klock is an architect and designer from Berlin. With his brand Accidental Concrete, he creates handcrafted concrete products and customized furniture. Brutalizing the romanticized recycling of wine bottles as vases and candleholders, he reinterprets the classic by pouring concrete around it: the ‘Accidental Concrete Beton Vase’ is an uncomplicated design whose charms lie in its ability to surprise through textural contrasts and contrasting natures.
When all the gilding and ornamentations become too much, simplify and counterbalance!
Beton Vase: € 89,00
4) Bartmann Berlin
This Berlin design company 'Bartmann Berlin' is devoted to bringing traditional craftsmanship and timeless functional design in the conception of furniture series.
We love their ‘Grit’ Line: suited for both the in- and the outdoors, this series is a building kit made up of seating and storage blocks. The multifunctionality of the line makes it an ideal gift for grown-up children with a passion for good design: as a modular system combining functionality and décor it can be played with and adapted to suit who you think it’s best for! Check out their website for other building blocks from the series.
Grit Bank: €550, €450
Grit mit Kleinen Pflanztaschen: €360
Grit Hocker: €200, €150
5) Llot llov
Read backward 'llot llov' spells 'Voll Toll' meaning something like super cool in german. In 2008, after the unexpected success of their textile lamp ‘Matt’, designers Jacob Brink and Ania Bauer opened the 'llot llov – ARTWORK' shop in Neukölln. Since then they have striven to maintain the characteristics of a small business in which quality and the relation to the client are the driving factors.
The ‘Theo’ plant hangers are available in three different geometric shapes that perfectly embody the Berlin interior design vibe. Gift a piece of the city to anybody in the world!
Theo: € 95
6) Tokio Bike
Like many others of the European capitals streams of bikers perpetually flood Berlin. Whoever doesn’t own a bike in this city definitely needs to find one under the Christmas tree this year! Kickstart your own or your friends’ new year’s resolutions of health and movement by gifting them one of Tokyo Bike’s exclusive and super fashionable designs such as the new ‘classic 26 semi matt’.
Add to that festive mood by choosing the color ‘jeffer red’.
Classic 26 Semi Matt: €750
These multi-award winning frames by Mykita are true Berlin babies: the brand’s name derives from Kita, a common abbreviation for Kindergarten and a reference to the company’s initial premises’ original purpose. Hand assembled in Kreuzberg these glasses are considered the pinnacle of German optical manufacturing.
We absolutely adore the collaboration with the Milan-based fashion designer Damir Doma, our favorite model being 'Siru' – with that incredible composition and the very badass lens Gunmetal Flash you won’t need to worry about whether it will suit the person or not, they will just look insanely cool anyway.
Treat your friends and family to a culinary journey around 5 continents in one bottle. In the spirit of maintaining traditions by modernizing them, the Weissbrand brewery is devoted to making you rethink your understanding of the German drinking experience. With 'Birds' they have developed a new German Craft Spirit by distilling traditional Riesling wine and combing it with 12 flavors handpicked between fruits, spices and herbs from around the world.
Also discover Weissbrand’s retakes on classic Longdrinks and Cocktail recipes for special celebrations this Christmas and New Years Eve!
Birds: € 35,00 with 20% off with the code “XMAS”
9) New Tendency
Bringing the Bauhaus aesthetics into the 21st century ‘New Tendency’ appeals to the retro lover in a contemporary shape. Handcrafted in Germany their objects bring together conceptual design, clean aesthetics, and functionality.
The 'Meta' side table is available in different colors and it will truly requalify any space it is inserted in.
Meta Table: €330
10) Post Collective
‘Post collective’ is a young Berlin company selling images of popular Instagram artists. Their gallery is varied enough to satisfy anybody’s wishes, from children, to Yogis to hard-core Metal listeners.
We love the minimalistic color palette of German artist Julian Kuhnke's piece 'feeling small' that themes of delicately exploring psychological aspects of our society by analyzing the relationship between the individual and space.
Feeling Small: prices from €11 to €72 depending on size, material, and framing.