A visit at Blueberry Coffees with Otto von Berlin
The Berlin Café “Blueberry Coffees” is both barber and bistro in one. The interior is thanks to its clear form language pure and unadulterated.
A very elegant art-nouveau building in Berlin, one of many beautifully kept houses in Wilmersdorf. Luckily there are many. In a side street at one of the most known shopping-streets in Germany, the Kurfürstendamm, one can find this bistro. A couple years ago the crew of “Blueberry Coffees” moved into the ground floor of the Uhland street 167 and offers ever since an interesting combination of bistro and barber shop. The café inside is filled with the smell of coffee and raisin rolls, whilst customers can view sauntering pedestrians through the huge windows. In the back room is another treasure hidden – an old vintage chandelier is offering a stunning light source.
Gregor Drobnic, CEO of Otto von Berlin, wanted to give the café, which is located in the heart of the old ‘West Berlin’ his own touch – one of the hipsterish Berlin-Kreuzberg. In his vision of the café he orientated his creation to the Scandinavian architectural style. But it wouldn’t be Otto von Berlin, if it wouldn’t turn a bit darker. His “Dark Scandinavian”-Look bribes though a mixture of light-wood furniture, combined with clear, straight lines and narrow Edison lamps. It was essential, that the ‘feel good factor’ was not going to be substantiated because of the dark walls. The wallpaper, which has been part of the room beforehand, compliments the interplay between bright and dark.
“The first café was not really functional. We wanted to optimize the usage of the room and that made me immediately think of a Scandinavian implementation. It’s not only modern, but also brings an intelligent and functional use of the space at the same time.”
The back room shines in new splendor, thanks to the ostentations chandelier in vintage style and the re-usage of the previously unimposing wallpaper and was transformed to the new highlight of the café. The effect of the wallpaper is enhanced by the golden stucco along the ceiling of the beautiful old building. An open door in the back room connects still the café with the barber shop next door. At the counter, where the old entrance to the barber shop used to be, the designer of Otto von Berlin implemented a big wooden wall as a dividing element.
“We wanted to make sure, to upgrade and use as much of the old furniture as possible. So we gave more then half of the furniture a second chance. I love vintage and part of it is the recycling of ‘old’ furniture. The “Blueberry Coffees” finally received its revitalization that it needed”