When I was in Berlin this May I stumbled upon a very pleasant cluster of courtyards called Hackesche Höfe. The neighborhood of cafés, boutique shops, and ivy-wrapped garden apartments is now one of my favorite places in Berlin.
There is a women’s clothing shop there with an exquisite interior. Above is the front desk with espresso service for customers (would you ever see this in the States?). The place is so slick, so clean, this photo almost looks like CGI, but the space actually felt quite human and inviting. Warm, high-contrast wood balances the crisp aluminum walls which, in turn, hide a discreet sliding door that leads to the stock room and office.
Yes, the tabletop is lit from within.
I shamefully neglected to note the name of this beautiful shop. Berliners, help me out!
Update: Buried in my desk piles I found a business card … the store is Jordan. More nice photos of the interior at their website.