this past week the buzz in berlin is all about the city's new concept mall: bikini berlin. accommodated in a beautifully redeveloped 1950s chunk of real estate, the elaborate project is anchored by a design hotel, a movie theater and a string of tightly curated shops. retailer andreas murkudis is a hailed retailer who has longtime been an influencer with his meticulously crafted store concepts. when murkudis audaciously opened his expansive concept store in 2011, he propelled the german capital straight into the league of must-go shopping destinations. only a few blocks away from that much publicized store andreas murkudis has embarked on a new project and is one of the chosen few to have opened up shop at bikini berlin. in fact he has opened two shops. similarly to the initial concept store, the smaller satellite one has been designed by architecture practice gonzalez haase. and although the setting is very different, the stunning minimalist resemblance is evident.
the interior design incorporates the buildings concrete shell and its visual interplay of utility pipes, and subtly blends in a series of discreet interventions. these are furnishings made from a number of mostly inconspicuous materials, making up a palette of understated beauty. sleek linear fixtures, lining the ceiling in suspended rows add a stunning touch. murkudis' other shop is called am+, and is separately designed by german architect ludwig jenssen. it will cater to a younger client base with a specific range of brands. the two stores carry men's + women's apparel, shoes, accessories, cosmetics and design objects. the combined brand list features a good mix of coveted fashion labels such as dries van noten, a.p.c., maison martin margiela, valextra and orlebar brown. location: bikini berlin, budapesterstrasse 38-50 [tiergarten].