ISSUE 41  |  Oktoberfest

Subversive Ceramics in Berlin

October 08, 2012 8:30 PM

BY Julie Carlson

What Astier de Villatte is to Paris, Kühn Keramik is to Berlin: a next-wave ceramics shop redefining the modern table, sometimes with a subversive spin (cups labeled "Poison," for instance).

Bavarian artist Bernard Kühn trained at the École Supérieure des Arts Appliqués in Paris before establishing his ceramics studio in the early 1990s in Berlin; his inspirations range from punk rock to Baroque art, and his pieces reflect his range of interests. Kuhn recently opened a shop and studio in Berlin, located at Yorckstrass 18; for information, go to Kuhn Keramik.

N.B. In the US, Kühn Keramik pieces are available at Horne and John Derian.

Above: The shop has an Old World feel.

Above: A pair of Brandenburg plates.

Above: A pair of silvered Babylon vases display floral arrangements.

Above: A trio of silver bowls and plates depicting historical visages.

Above: The shop, which opened in September 2012, looks like it's been around forever.

Above: A gold Babylon bowl.

Above: Kuhn's subversive wit on display.

Above: A selection of ceramics displayed in the shop's carved wood shelves.