Bocci Transforms Berlin Courthouse into the Coolest Showroom You’ve Ever Seen
Design lovers, get thee to Berlin.
There are showrooms, and then there are showstoppers—let’s talk about Bocci 79.
The namesake lighting design house Bocci (which occupies a home base in both Vancouver and Berlin) has turned an old German courthouse (circa 1897) into the walk-through, art-gallery-style exhibition of your design-loving dreams.
Wandering through this historic building in Germany’s capital, you’ll see wire and glass light fixtures sprout up like vines from the floors in one room, while a neuron network of planter-pendant hybrids spans the ceiling in another. Sculptural light fixtures are suspended in stairwells and spill down hallways.
This uber-showroom houses every piece from the Bocci catalogue (like the edgy, fluid-shaped 73 Series our Editor-in-Chief Anicka Quin fell for last fall), but it’s also going to be a space for some free-wheeling experimentation from designer (and Western Living Designers of the Year judge) Omer Arbel and serve as a growing archive of his enlightened prototypes, explorations and architectural projects.
Oh, and did we mention you can visit for free?
Bocci 79 is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and you have until 2025 to make the trip. But as it’s always a work-in-progress, each visit can yield new surprises so you can see it again, and again and again.
Address: Kantstrasse 79, 10627 Berlin, Germany
Before you go, here’s a little something to wet your whistle: