Another find from LA designer and global traveler, Cynthia Carlson: Lokal in Mitte, Berlin.
Berlin restaurant owners Maren Thimm and her American partner, Gary Hoopengardner, set up a temporary restaurant called Kantine in the courtyard of British architect David Chipperfield's Berlin office (with the caveat that he always got a seat when he was in town). They closed last year when Chipperfield got permission to build on the lot. Taking the floorboards with them, the couple opened a permanent restaurant called Lokal, serving locally sourced food. For more, go to Lokal.
Photography by Cynthia Carlson, except where noted.
Above: Freshly cut local flowers are a staple of the restaurant.
Above: White-washed walls and stone flooring, finished by Hoopengardner himself. Tapered glass pendant lighting hangs over more tables designed by Buchholz.
Above: Lokal preserves on display behind the counter.
Above: An alcove for the piano (their pianist was a popular feature at Kantine).
Above: Mismatched chairs add a casual note; image via Foodie in Berlin.
Above: Fur throws and candles add warmth; image via Foodie in Berlin.
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