A find from LA designer and world traveler, Cynthia Carlson: Lokal in Mitte, Berlin.
German Maren Thimm and her American partner, Gary Hoopengardner, had initially set up a temporary restaurant called Kantine in the courtyard of British architect David Chipperfield's Berlin office (with the promise that Chipperfield could always get a seat). Then two years ago, Chipperfield received permission to build on his firm's lot, so the couple took Kantine's floorboards with them and opened Lokal, a permanent cantine serving locally sourced ingredients.
Photography by Cynthia Carlson, except where noted.
Above: The painted tabletop. For variations on this theme, see Five Favorites: Tables Transformed by Stencils.
Above: Tapered glass pendant lights hang over more tables designed by Buchholz. Hoopengardner himself finished the whitewashed walls and stone flooring and painted a group of chairs white.
Above: Open shelves behind the counter display Lokal's own preserves.
Above: For big groups, tables are pushed together and neatly surrounded by white chairs. Photograph via Lost In Cheeseland.
Above: Live piano music, which had been a popular feature at Kantine, has carried over to Lokal, where an alcove is just big enough for an upright.
Above: Mismatched chairs add a casual note. Photograph via Foodie in Berlin.
N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on October 11, 2012, in our Oktoberfest issue.