berlin: bazar noir store opening

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ingeniously constructed simplicity rules fierce at bazar noir. launched a little while ago, the design emporium in berlin's kreuzberg district has made waves with a stunning decor that not only makes the merchandise on display pop, but is an artsy statement in itself as well. designed by hidden fortress, a local practice led by jan maley and björn meier, the store occupies 85 sqm. [915 sq.ft.] spread over two floors that each have been given a contrasting setting. the ground floor dons pitch black shade, captured by a variety of materials and forms. elements of copper, glass and other high-quality fabrics add a sophisticated touch. 

but the main material used here is maritime pine, and due to its decorative large grain, it has also been used in its original colour for the mezzanine floor. an encased and seemingly gravity-defying staircase perfectly demonstrates the dual use of this specific kind of timber as it's coated on the outside and plain within. bazar noir's configuration is fairy flexible as a structure of frames covers an entire wall with shelf modules in different sizes. although the mezzanine floor is quite compact, a wide wall cut-out gives it an airy feel and allows a view of the floor below. bazar noir carries tightly edited goods from local and international brands and designers, ranging from handcrafted small furniture pieces, objects, books, and art, as well as select vintage objects. location: kreuzbergstrasse 78 [kreuzberg].

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