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A Rustic Modern Hangout in Berlin

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by Sarah Lonsdale last modified Mar 23, 2015

A find from LA designer and world traveler, Cynthia Carlson : Lokal in Mitte, Berlin. German cafe owner 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 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: Mismatched chairs at a recycled wood table made by German architect Katja Buchholz . Photograph via Lost in Cheeseland . Above: The painted tabletop. For variations on this theme, see  5 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: Pink tulips paired with spindly branches. Photograph via Foodie in Berlin . 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 lend a casual note. Photograph via Foodie in Berlin . Above: Fur throws and candles add warmth.  For more information, go to   Lokal .  Photograph via Foodie in Berlin .  If you like the look of Lokal, see our Reclaimed Wood  archive, and for similar chairs, consider  The Windsor Chair Revisited . Heading to Germany? Allow our City Guides  to lead the way. N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on October 11, 2012, in our Oktoberfest issue. More Stories from Remodelista Rintaro: East Meets West in San Francisco An Insider's Guide to 6 Healthy and Happening LA Dining Spots The Velvet Underground: Retro Glamour in Los Feliz






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