A find from LA designer and world traveler, Cynthia Carlson: Lokal in Mitte, Berlin.
Maren Thimm and her partner, Gary Hoopengardner, an American, initially set up a temporary restaurant called Kantine in the courtyard of British architect David Chipperfield's Berlin office (with the promise that he could always get a seat when he was in town). Last year, when Chipperfield received permission to build on the lot, the couple took Kantine's floorboards with them and opened Lokal, a permanent cantine serving locally sourced ingredients.
Above: The painted tabletop. For more, see our recent post Five Favorites: Tables Transformed by Stencils.
Above: Tapered glass pendant lights hangs over more tables designed by Buchholz. Hoopengardner himself finished the white-washed walls and stone flooring.
Above: Lokal's preserves on display behind the counter.
Above: Live piano music was a popular feature at Kantine carried over at Lokal. Here, an alcove for an upright.
Above: Mismatched chairs add a casual note. Photograph via Foodie in Berlin.
Above: Fur throws and candles add warmth. Photograph via Foodie in Berlin.
For more, go to Lokal.
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N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on October 11, 2012 in our Octoberfest issue.