I was in Berlin a few weeks ago with my friend Jake – playing hipster as you do. If you know Berlin well, you know that no trip to this capital city is complete without a little gander down the cultural melting pot that is Kreuzberg – the spiritual Mecca of the hipster community. This West Berlin neighbourhood is absolutely brilliant – home to some of the best restaurants, bars and clubs in the city.
As we were walking down Oranienstraße, I stumbled upon what is now my favourite shop in Berlin – Voo Store. Hidden in a courtyard, away from the bustling main streets; the Voo Store is 300 square meters of fashion, art and treasures from all over the world. Located in a former locksmith shop, this concept store stocks some really cool designers – a combination of high fashion, unknown brands and street wear. The space also hosts regular exhibits, readings, concerts and showcases of new works from various designers and artists. The Voo Store comes complete with its very own coffee ‘showroom’ (obvs.) called Companion Coffee which serves up some great specialty coffee to help you celebrate all your new on trend purchases.
I obviously wanted to buy everything in there but after a lot of deliberation (and self control), I ended up picking up something from the Sigurd Larsen X Playtype collection. These concert letters from the Danish designer and architect Sigurd Larsen is a collaboration with Playtype, Danish typography design house. Perfectly formed, these concrete letters are as Berlin as they get. Lugging the letter R in concrete to London in hand luggage was a pain mind you, but it was definitely worth it – it made the perfect little book end and now takes pride of place in my flat now.
If you find yourself in Berlin, I would highly recommend a visit to Voo Berlin. If not, you should definitely browse their collection online – it’s well worth a look. The website claims that ‘Voo will present products that have the potential to become prized possessions for life’ and I couldn’t agree more.
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Have you read my post about the East Side Gallery in Berlin yet?